Cambridge City of Sanctuary is busy organising an event for Interfaith Week (13-20 November). Details to be circulated shortly – we hope you’ll come along. In the meantime, below is a reminder of upcoming refugee themed events and two appeals for assistance.
Meeting venues needed – City of Sanctuary and the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) hold regular committee meetings and social gatherings for refugees and sanctuary seekers. If your faith centre is able to provide a space for the occasional meeting and/or social gathering please could you email Lianne on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0747 677 8044. Committee meetings are generally held on a weeknight and refugee social gatherings are held monthly on a Saturday afternoon. Thank you!
CamCRAG Calais emergency donation appeal
You may have been reading about the planned demolition of the camp in Calais. Because of these plans CamCRAG have launched a big fundraising appeal and are also requesting donations of practical items to take to Calais to help with the transition. See https://cambridgecalaisrefugeeaction.org.uk/
CamCRAG are also holding an event to celebrate their first anniversary at the Hot Numbers Café on 5/6 Gwydir St in Cambridge on October 12 from 7pm with food, live music and speakers. Entry is free and donations are welcome.
Upcoming refugee themed events in Cambridge:
Amnesty International East Anglia Regional Conference: Refugees
Saturday 8 October: 9:45am-5pm
Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge
£9 incl. lunch
If you want to learn how you can make a difference in the refugee crisis, come to this Saturday’s Amnesty International Conference in Cambridge. CRRC and City of Sanctuary are leading workshops (unaccompanied refugee children, community sponsorship of refugees, teaching UK children about refugees).
Cambridge Festival of Ideas (these events are free but need to be pre-booked)
RELIGION AND REFUGEES IN AN ERA OF MASS MIGRATION
Tuesday 18 October: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Westminster College, Madingley Road, CB3 0AA
‘STUCK’ IN TRANSIT: GROWING UP IN JORDAN’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP
Saturday 22 October: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA
THE MOVEMENT OF POPULATIONS: CHALLENGING OUR ASSUMPTIONS
Wednesday 26 October: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Darwin College, Old Library, 1 Newnham Terrace, CB3 9EX
Organised by the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society
Saturday 29 October: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Covent Garden Drama Studio, 58 Covent Garden, CB1 2HT
The work represents a collaboration between the MA Dramatherapy, Faculty of Art, Law and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, along with Cambridge City of Sanctuary.
CamCRAG Fundraiser with the Resound Choir
Friday, November 25, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
ReSound Choir Concert
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1JP
Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group is a group of volunteers who live in and around Cambridge working to help the refugees living in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk. Resound Choir sings an eclectic contemporary and traditional mix of a cappella songs from different cultures, rich in harmony and rhythm.
Finally, the national City of Sanctuary newsletter is a useful source of information and updates on refugee issues. You can sign up here: https://cityofsanctuary.org/latest/newsletters/
With kindest regards,
Cambridge City of Sanctuary