The Covid-19 pandemic has isolated and displaced us all. However, for Sanctuary Seekers the effects of the current pandemic are even more drastically felt, due to a lack of digital resources, phone credit and data.
Local Norfolk organisations supporting Sanctuary Seekers have done an incredible job to adapt their services, by moving support sessions and classes online, but these services can only be accessed if service users have the means to do so.
On 20th & 21 June 2020, UEA University of Sanctuary initiative members walked/ran a combined distance of over 150km to raise money to help local sanctuary seekers stay connected during the pandemic. Over £1k was raised and donated to New Routes, English +, Bridge Plus, the International Youth Project and the People from Abroad team to put towards key items, such as mobile phones and phone credit.
UEA Student Union collected items for the CARE4CALAIS appeal earlier this year. Details of the items collected are included in the appeal poster below.
Throughout December 2018 and January 2019, essential winter clothing items were collected for the British Red Cross Refugee Support Centre in Norwich. The University of Sanctuary Liaison Officer worked with the Student Union on this appeal, which was part of the one-year anniversary programme of events.
A huge amount of items were received and the British Red Cross Support Centre were able to stock their clothes shop, which is accessed by local sanctuary seekers, for winter.