Asylum & Refugee Group

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Social Justice Group

‘Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers
for by doing that some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Letter to the Hebrews 13:1-2

  • Who We Are

    A diverse group of people at different stages of the asylum and refugee process.

  • What We Do

    Support each other, get involved in church activities and organise our own events.

  • Getting Involved

    Email Jo, our Asylum and Refugee Support Advocate, or meet us at church.

  • The Asylum and Refugee Group is at the heart of our work, ethos and community.

    We are a group for people living through the Hostile Environment, looking for support, solidarity and community.

    Many of us are LGBTQ+ and are from countries where it is unsafe or illegal to be ourselves, especially while connecting with our faith.

    We are proud to explore our identities as a community and individually in an affirming place that recognises God’s love for us isn’t determined by who we love or how we identify.

    We also have a dedicated member of staff, Jo Gowers, the Asylum and Refugee Support and Advocate. Jo provides practical and emotional support throughout the journey through the system, as well as signposting to additional help. She has worked with the community for 3 years, with knowledge of the complex systems and the emotional toll they can take. She can help with a wide range of issues, including non-legal advice on a Home Office claim, housing, and access to healthcare.

    If you are currently living through the Hostile Environment, are in the asylum system or are a refugee and want to get involved with the Asylum and Refugee Group, please do reach out. Click on the button below to email Jo, or come to a Sunday service at church and ask any of the clergy or vergers to put you in touch with us.

    This project is funded through our Solidarity Fund.