A big thank you to everyone who for made the Northampton Town of Sanctuary public meeting on Monday a success.
The purpose of the meeting was to draw together individuals and organisations that are committed to welcoming refugees in the town. There were 80 people attending, only two of whom expressed a contrary view.
This is marvellous and important as a demonstration of the towns commitment to both the County and the Borough.
Another aim of the meeting was to further provide an opportunity for information sharing and networking. Lots of this went on so thank you very much for that.
Helping Hands, Helpful Humans, and Cllr. Ashraf shared with us information about the practical steps they are taking to support refugees.
A lecturer from the University talked to us about the importance of agency and how we must act to support and empower. The pictures she displayed for us were a powerful illustration of the reflectiveness, resilience and agency of children.
Colleen Molloy from City of Sanctuary gave us insights into what was happening across the country and what we can do in our town.
We heard about the Globe project.
And then we had the powerful testimony from two refugees.
Very many thanks to David Wiseman for chairing the meeting.
There is lots we can do.
- Please can you ask your organisation to pledge support for refugees in whatever way they can- by offering the hand of friendship and inclusion in the group to any practical support.
- Cllr. Ashraf is organising a food collection for Calais on September 17th. Please contact her with your donations.
- In terms of education please consider inviting the Globe project to your group.
- The Labour group of Councillors has been working hard to get cross party support in the Borough for refugees. Liberal Democrats have given their support.
- There is a motion going to the full council meeting on September 19th proposed by me and seconded by the leader of the council. This motion does not give us everything we would wish for. It is the beginning of a process that we hope will lead to better things.
- On Sept 19th we will be presenting a petition at Full Council calling on the Borough to take part in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme.