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Restore News – June 2019

Here we are with the latest news from Restore….. (slightly edited)

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NEW DATE for Restore’s Annual Celebration 2019: Having publicised the original date a long time ago, it is with HUGE apologies for any inconvenience caused that for reasons beyond our control and to avoid a clash with another refugee-related event we are moving the date of the Restore Annual Celebration to Tuesday 9 July from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Carrs Lane Church, B4 7SX. This event is not a business meeting – it’s an opportunity to celebrate the work of Restore and our friendships with refugees. On this 20th anniversary of the founding of Restore we will look back to our roots, see how the work has developed and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. There will also be lots of time to socialise with other volunteers, supporters and refugees over refreshments at the end.

Lift the Ban campaign – Day of Action in Birmingham – Friday 28 June 2019: In addition to Restore’s relational work to welcome and integrate refugees and asylum seekers, Restore also works for change to improve the systems and structures that impinge on the lives on refugees and asylum seekers. Restore has signed up as a partner in the Lift the Ban campaign which is lobbying the government to change their policy and allow asylum seekers to work after they have been in the asylum process for 6 months. Asylum Matters and Refugee Action are leading the campaign. As part of the campaign, there will be local Days of Action. In Birmingham, the Day of Action event will be in Birmingham city centre on Friday 28 June. Details re venue and timing are still being finalised but its likely to be around 4pm.

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Refugee Week and other forthcoming events: At Restore we take a holistic view on life, so whilst there is much to campaign about there are also opportunities for celebration and fun. The following events celebrate the positive contribution that refugees make to our community:

Wednesday 19 June: “Home”, a play written and performed by asylum seeker and refugee ESOL students from St Chad’s Sanctuary, will be performed at 7.30pm at Carrs Lane Church, B4 7SX. This is a free event with a retiring collection for the work of St Chad’s Sanctuary.

Friday 21 June: The weekly 5pm free Jazzlines event in the Symphony Hall Foyer will feature Africa Calls Trio. There will be a Restore Men’s Group trip to this event.

Saturday 22 June: City of Sanctuary Birmingham are organising Picnic in the Park with food, fun and games by the boating lake in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, B12 9QH from 1pm to 4pm. All welcome.

Sunday 23 June: The Refugee Week Festival, to round off Refugee Week, will be held from 12 noon to 5.30pm at The MAC in Cannon Hill Park. This free family-friendly celebration is a great event for you and your refugee friends. Artists at the event include Afromanding, Daholl Kurdish Band, Nifeco Costa & Babock Djazz, The Redeemed, the Bosnian Dance Group and the Congolese Youth Music Group. Restore will be having a stand, so please come along and say ‘Hi!’

Other Refugee Week events: We’re unfortunately unable to include every event but for details of other events in Refugee Week please see the Celebrating Sanctuary website

“Feeding the Darkness” and Cycle against Torture: To mark the Freedom from Torture ‘Cycle against Torture’ cycle ride from Hastings to Edinburgh that will pass through Birmingham in July, the Quaker Peace Committee invites you to a free performance of a play by Journeymen Theatre entitled “Feeding the Darkness” at 7pm on Thursday 11 July at Bull Street Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, B4 6AF. No need to book, all welcome. There will be an opportunity at the end of the performance for discussion with Freedom from Torture members and some of the cyclists.

Staff changes: Don’t panic no-one is leaving! Whilst the Management Committee continues with its strategic planning process which will include addressing longer-term staffing and fundraising matters, we are delighted to report that Rachel has taken on the role of Acting Befriending Co-ordinator and Geraldine, our Admin Assistant, has increased her hours. This is for a 6-month period from 1 May to 31 October 2019. Rachel’s new role includes additional responsibility for volunteer training and the volunteer application process.

Run4Refugees 2019: A HUGE “Thank you” to everyone who participated. There were 175 runners and walkers this year which is the highest number yet. Final figures are not in yet but we know over £2,500 has been raised for Restore – which is fantastic! We are extremely grateful to all who donated and to the wonderful organising team.

The impact of Restore’s work: And finally, a quote from a refugee who has been supported by a Restore befriender through the asylum seeking process: “In the country I fled, so many people were trying to break me down. Through Restore and befriending I have learnt the beauty of being built up. This was new to me.”

Thank you for your ongoing support of Restore and we hope to see you at our Annual Celebration on Tuesday 9 July at 7.15pm.

With best wishes,

Jeremy, Rachel, Andy and Geraldine

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