Here we are with the latest news from Restore…..
Celebrating 20 years of Restore’s work: Thank you to over 90 people who joined us to celebrate 20 years of Restore’s work at our Annual Celebration on 9 July. We heard from Jill, one of Restore’s founders, about the start of our work in 1999 to welcome Kosovan refugees and other asylum seekers arriving in Birmingham, following the introduction of the asylum dispersal process. Sunita shared about her current experience as a volunteer befriender and Mash spoke of his involvement with Restore during the past year. We looked ahead to Restore’s future commitments to build mutually enriching relationships, raise awareness and work for change – all part of an ongoing strategic planning process. There was plenty of time to meet friends old and new and do what Restore does best: welcome, socialise and build relationships.
Restore’s Annual Report: Our Annual Report for 2018 has now been released. Please click here to read the report.
Training for new volunteer befrienders: Our next training course for anyone interested in befriending a refugee or finding out more about refugee issues, will be held on Mondays 7, 14 and 21 October from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Carrs Lane Church, B4 7SX. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. Please click here for more details or email Geraldine at email@example.com to book a place.
Lift the Ban campaign – Day of Action in Birmingham: Thank you to all who joined the Day of Action on 28 June to promote this campaign to give asylum seekers permission to work. Emma Birks from Asylum Matters, who was the key organiser, was delighted that over 120 people joined the Birmingham Day of Action. There were passionate speeches from 4 people with lived experience of the ban and Councillor John Cotton and Preet Gill MP also spoke in support of the campaign. Since then, Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority in the West Midlands to formally support the campaign. The Home Office is currently reviewing the policy.
Funding: We are extremely grateful to all the individuals, churches and grant making trusts who support Restore financially. However, we need to find additional sources of funding:.
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The impact of Restore’s work: And finally, a quote from the Annual Report 2018 showing that both refugees and volunteers benefit from befriending: “The realisation that every little support I was giving to my befriendee and his family, was appreciated and was helping to make their integration into this new life a little easier was very humbling and encouraging. I probably got more from it than them in that it opened my eyes even more to the reality of the hardships that refugees suffer.”
Thank you for all you do to support Restore and refugees in our city.
With best wishes,