Programme Developer – Forced Migration

August 12, 2016 by  
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quaker orangeSALARY                    £38,002 per annum

CONTRACT             One Year Fixed Term

HOURS                     35 hours per week

LOCATION               Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 

Britain Yearly Meeting is a radical church with a deep commitment to peace, integrity, equality, simplicity and sustainability. Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), is a hub within the organisation for action on peace and social justice.

Quakers have been taking action on Forced Migration in huge numbers all over Britain. But what can QPSW most usefully contribute?  We are seeking an informed and strategic person to scope and develop ideas for new work over an initial period of 12 months.

The post requires experience of designing and delivering change-making and movement. Can you work well with people in a diverse range of settings, from community groups to policy makers? Do you have up to date knowledge of current issues relating to forced migration? And experience of effective campaigning work with strong communication skills?  Then please apply!

Closing Date            Monday 12 September 2016 – 9am

Interviews                 Thursday 22 September 2016

For further information about QPSW, go to http://www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/our-structures/quaker-peace-and-social-witness-central-committee and for details on how to apply, go to www.quaker.org.uk/jobs

Britain Yearly Meeting is committed to equality in all its employment practices

 

APPG on Refugees – Refugees Welcome Inquiry

August 11, 2016 by  
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Refugee Council blueThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched an inquiry into the experiences of newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK. The inquiry will consider the experiences of refugees who have claimed asylum in the UK, as well as those of refugees who have arrived in the UK through other paths, such as resettlement. In particular, the inquiry will focus on the integration of new refugees, including success in finding employment, securing accommodation and, where appropriate, help with English language skills.

The cross-party inquiry panel is encouraging written evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, including government representatives and civil servants, local authorities, charities, researchers, and voluntary organisations working with refugees and refugees themselves. Evidence from people who have direct personal experience of the support systems for newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK is particularly welcome. Read more

Britain must stop failing refugee children

August 5, 2016 by  
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guardian_logoGuardian: Child refugees are victims of contextual factors not of their own making but which are common to inhumanity: a toxic policy cocktail of deterrence; tokenism and symbolism fuelling government inertia (Britain leaves child refugees alone, afraid and abandoned, Amelia Gentleman, 3 August). First, they are being used as a deterrent to further migration, in the same way as paupers admitted toworkhouses under the poor law were used to deter dependency on the state…

Updates: concerns about decision-making and negativity

August 5, 2016 by  
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Still human still here1. Home Affairs Committee report issued

The Home Affairs Select Committee published a report on the Home Office Immigration Directorates, covering Q1 2016. On Eritrean applications, the Committee concluded that it is “unacceptable” that the Home Office is still getting so many of its decisions wrong and made a similar finding on Iranian cases (Paras. 31 & 32). It raised concerns over family reunion policy (Paras. 39 & 41) and the Government’s ability to meet its resettlement commitment to Syrian refugees and vulnerable children (Para. 36). It noted that if the DWP review concludes that there is a need for the grace period to be extended this must be implemented swiftly. The Committee “will return to this subject as part of our inquiry into asylum accommodation later this year.” (Para. 46). For the full report go to:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2015/160725-immigration-directorates-report-note/ Read more

‘Risky Things’ Theatre and Film: Blue Moment – 45 minute film drama

August 1, 2016 by  
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2016 Risky Things film Blue MomentRefugee Support- do you need:

  • Training material for new volunteers & staff
  • Ways to help local people engage with refugees

Kate Hampson as therapist Carole with Misha Duncan Barry as refugee Alia

Blue Moment – 45 minute film drama
A refugee seeks asylum in Britain today. Read more

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

July 31, 2016 by  
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Scottish Faith Action GroupScottish Faiths Action for Refugees is a project which seeks to co-ordinate and promote action by faith communities in Scotland to support asylum seekers and refugees.

Offering hospitality to strangers is a common requirement of many different faith traditions. All religions teach a form of the Golden Rule (treat others as you would wish to be treated) and that there is an inherent value and dignity to every human being – and that our common humanity transcends national, racial, cultural or linguistic barriers.

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Colnbrook Detention Centre inspection – a mixed picture and a need for a ‘strict time limit’

July 31, 2016 by  
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HM Inspectors PrisonsDetention Forum: 28 July 2016: In its latest inspection report on Colnbrook detention centre, HM Inspector of Prisons said ‘There should be a strict time limit on the length of detention and caseworkers should act with diligence and expedition.’

Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow Airport, detains up to 396 migrants, including 27 women who are held in a separate unit.  The centre suffered from a lack of maintenance during the period of management contract transfer from Serco to Mitie a few years ago, resulting in significant deterioration of parts of the centre.  Read more

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees deadline 1 October 2016

July 21, 2016 by  
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parliament_logoThe All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees, chaired by Thangam Debbonaire MP, has launched an inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. The inquiry will consider the experiences of refugees who have claimed asylum in the UK, as well as those who have resettled here. In particular, the inquiry will focus on the integration of new refugees, including success in finding employment, securing accommodation and, where appropriate, help with English language skills. The deadline for submitting evidence is 1 October 2016. Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words. For full details of the inquiry go to: APPG on Refugees call for evidence Read more

QARN Annual Report 2016 – Steering Group

July 10, 2016 by  
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qarn logo smThe Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN) is a network of Quakers across the UK who share a concern about the injustices that are practiced in our name, and a determination to bring about change for those who have been forced to seek asylum and to reach out with support for those who share our concern. QARN members hold discussions and share information through the email group, and those who can meet together about four times a year in a different part of the country each time.

Our members are active as individuals and as members of other groups (Quaker and non-Quaker) across a wide spectrum of asylum-related activities, giving us a broad and solid base of knowledge and expertise. We continue to be morally outraged at some of the decisions that are made by the Government and its agents in our name. Read more

Refugees Welcome march planned for 17 September

July 7, 2016 by  
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Refugee Council blueSave the date:  Last September, the image of three year old Alan Kurdi’s body on a Turkish beach horrified the world. 100,000 of us marched in London in response to tell our government that we want to welcome refugees in the UK, and to stop the drowning.

Since then, thousands more terrified and desperate refugees, including hundreds of children, have lost their lives trying to reach safety in Europe.

This September, world leaders will meet to discuss the refugee crisis at two crucial summits. This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our Government and the world that Britain is ready to welcome more refugees.

That’s why we’ll be taking to London’s streets once again this September. We want to send a strong #RefugeesWelcome message to our Government. Read more

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