May 9, 2013: A third of Boaz accommodation for asylum seekers is provided by hosts. These are local families and individuals in Manchester who have a spare room to offer to an asylum seeker on a temporary basis. This may be a week, a month or longer.
We are looking to increase the number of hosts in Greater Manchester. If you would like to know more about the scheme and come and meet us please get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 202 1056.
Ideally hosts would live within the M60 or Oldham, so asylum seekers can access support at the Boaz office in Ancoats, Manchester.
The hosting scheme is flexible to fit in with different living arrangements.
We inherited some money in the early days which has been used to support the website, materials to support our efforts, and expenses incurred for meetings etc. and to have a presence at various events such as BYM and Yearly Meeting Gathering. We are currently organising a conference for February 2015.
We now need to attract regular funding.
If you would like to make a financial donation, please feel free to make a payment direct into our account:
Nationwide account: QARN
If you do make a direct payment, please could you email us as well so that we know to expect a donation, many thanks
You can send a cheque made payable to ‘Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network’, to:
c/o Central England Area,
40 Bull Street,
You can contact us through the QARN email address: email@example.com
We thank you for your support, whether it is financial, or in your interest and upholding of our work.
Words of a detainee at Campsfield IRC (screenshot @GeorgeEvansDoc)
An activist in contact with people locked up in migrant jails reports on a week of unrest.
The UK immigration authorities and their commercial partners are trying to suppress a wave of protests sweeping British detention centres. In the past week hundreds of asylum-seekers detained at four high-security facilities have started hunger-strikes against draconian Home Office policies.
Last Friday (2 May) about 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow Airport, occupied the main courtyard in a sit-down protest against the so-called fast-track asylum system, in which individuals claiming asylum are placed immediately in detention and held whilst their asylum cases are processed.
Harmondsworth hit headlines around the world earlier this year after prisons inspectors discovered that guards had handcuffed a frail and demented 84 year old Canadian for 5 hours until he died. The centre, run for the government by the Geo Group, American’s second biggest contractor and an offshoot of the sinister old Wackenhut Corporation, holds about 660 men. Continue reading “Neither criminals, nor animals!’ Britain’s immigration detainees speak out”