September sees the Sanctuary, Newport and organisation committed to helping and supporting Refugees and Assylum seekers transfer to a new CIO, called The Gap Wales. What they do will remain unchanged; the change is mostly for administrative purposes.
They have secured another three years additional funding for the Project Manager's role on a full time basis. We are delighted to welcome the Sanctuary's founder, Mark Seymour, who is joining our staff on a part-time basis from 1st September. He will bring his experience of working in education along with his substantial knowledge of the refugee sector. Sarah Croft will continue in her part-time role, with Dylan Moore also continuing in his part-time role.
They are excited by the opportunity to provide more support for asylum seekers and refugees in Newport and we eagerly await the outcome of several other grant applications.
Summer means one thing at The Sanctuary – outdoor fun!
Everybody likes to take advantage of the rare opportunity to enjoy some lovely Welsh sunshine, and the annual outing to Barry Island has been a fixture of the programme for some years, with Sanctuary project participants joining members of the congregation at Bethel Community Church on the beach.
This year was particularly busy with 46 adults and six children aged over 5 making their way to Barry by train, along with an 'unknown number of under 5s and an unknown number of pushchairs'. At Barry the train contingent were joined by many others who made their way by car, making a total of nearly 100 people who enjoyed swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, boules, eating ice-cream, eating chips, plus lots of chatting, laughter and burying each other in the sand!
Closer to home, they celebrated Refugee Sunday at the end of June with a massive community picnic in Gem Park, just around the corner from the Gap Centre, where the project is based. People from all over the world came to share food and good times with others, and it was particularly poignant that the after-church picnic coincided with Eid. Christians, Muslims and those of other or no faith all shared a day of fun together, enjoying each others' company, food and participating in sports. However, the volleyball did get quite competitive at times!
To find our more about there work click here to access their Summer 2017 News Letter or their website The Gap