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News from around the Network - June 2019

Eid Mubarak to all who are celebrating this week! Welcome to our June newsletter. Exciting things have been happening all around the Island of Ireland and the wider network.

Hope you will find the content of this newsletter informative, and be encouraged to share ideas and activities with us in the future.

Celebration of Stories of Sanctuary & Book Launch

We're delighted that many of you have confirmed your places at our special celebration of World Refugee Day on Thursday 20th June at 4.30pm at Trinity College Dublin.

We are teaming up with Irish Refugee Council and several other at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College Dublin and we'll be launching Tiffy's book, 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes'. Even if you have written to say you're coming, please take half a minute to book your free place  here.   

Places are booking fast, so please book yours quickly!

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will be joining us and launching the book. We are honoured to welcome him and look forward to welcoming him. We will also be launching a new stream  Libraries of Sanctuary - with libraries from at least five cities keen to get involved. Be ready to spread the good news to libraries in your area!
We need volunteers on the day - please let Tiffy or Tian know if you can volunteer.




Sunday 23rd June: Inderjit Bhogal, founder of City of Sanctuary, will be preaching at Christchurch Cathedral at 3.30pm to celebrate Sanctuary Sunday. Inderjit is an inspiring and engaging speaker, go along if you can make it.


Friday 21st June: Comhlamh is hosting an information day about their new Erasmus+ funded project, ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives'. You can find out more about this event and book your place here.

Irish delegates went to City of Sanctuary Annual Conference in Coventry

A group of Irish delegates from Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford attended City of Sanctuary network's Annual Conference, this year held in Coventry, where the message of welcome, sanctuary, peace and reconciliations runs deep. As well as learning and sharing ideas and the AGM, the group also enjoyed local hospitality and visited the iconic Coventry Cathedral, a historical place of sanctuary.


Conversations about mental health of asylum seekers and refugees

Places of Sanctuary Ireland successfully held two mental health seminars in Dublin and Portlaoise on the 11th and 18th May, led by experienced therapist Corry de Jongh.  There was a wonderful sharing of experiences and ideas and a greater understanding gained of the challenges and resources that exist in Ireland for both asylum seekers and service providers in the area of mental health. Further seminars will be held in October in Galway and Cork.  A final report will be prepared at the end of the project.  Please feel free to get in touch if are interested in finding out more about the these seminars.  

Sanctuary News From the Network

Belfast City of Sanctuary held its AGM on May 15th, on which day the fantastic Belfast Met became the first Community College of Sanctuary on the Island of Eire.  New Schools of Sanctuary are coming on board,  and on Sunday June the 23rd, in conjunction with Amnesty International, the Belfast group will be hosting another Great Refugee Week Picnic!

Cork City of Sanctuary Movement Strategic Plan of Action was launched in City Hall on March 29th. City of Sanctuary Cork also hosted a network gathering in the afternoon, where local groups and streams across the island shared their works, experiences, future plans and opportunities.  
NUI Galway is running a new Sanctuary in Politics course with many fresh ideas over June weekends. To find out more, contact
Monaghan Adult Intercultural Futsal League was held over six weeks early spring 2019 at the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross. 
A beautiful video was produced for the "
Laois as a Place of Sasnctuary and Welcome" Seminar on March 22nd, an amazing seminar with a broad range of local and national speakers. 
Wavelength:  The Gaisce President Award's nationwide integration project
The Gaisce President Award has a new integration project aiming at providing young people aged 18-25 who are seeking asylum or have refugee status in Ireland called Wavelength. Gaisce is currently inviting expressions of interest from organisations working with young people in this area who would like to take part in Wavelength, and have a series of training dates available for potential President’s Award Leaders.
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is partnering with the Wavelength Project to promote it in our network. We hope you can help us spread the words for this great initiative. If you are interested in a training day together, please get in touch with us.
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