A Cornwall-wide conference will be held in Truro on 1 December to promote sanctuary for refugee families – an opportunity for all schools and organisations to consider the extent to which they offer a place of safety, and how whole communities can work together to deliver the welcome for which Cornwall is famous.
The conference has attracted speakers with national and international perspectives, alongside local leaders (see below), and the intention is to forge an action plan which spans statutory and community roles.
To register please go to eventbrite.
The event costs £15 per attendee, and includes lunch – dietary requirements will be ascertained on booking.
Gulwali Passarlay is an Afghan political refugee currently residing in the UK.
He is the author of ‘The Lightless Sky’, current Vice President of the United Afghan Peace Movement, commissioner for the Children’s Society commission on child poverty, and Advisor to Refugee Rights Europe.
Manda Brookman is a social entrepreneur, lecturer, permaculturalist, disruptor & activist on climate, social justice, land, neo-liberal economists, & systems thinking. Manda is Director of Permanently Brilliant, Coast and founder of Cafe Disruptif and the Cornwall: a Million Acts of Sanctuary initiatives.
Paddy Dowling is a UK based Humanitarian Photojournalist working worldwide with recent trips in 2018 to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Lebanon, Syria & Jordan. His documentary photography with Aid Agencies and NGOs focuses on refugees and IDP’s across the globe. Commissioned work include projects for the EAA Qatar, SWISS FDFA, DEC, UN, ICRC, UNHCR, UNRWA, Oxfam Afghanistan and Muslim Aid. He contributes regularly writing articles for the Independent as well as the Guardian, i News, Telegraph, Times, Metro, Evening standard, BBC and Sky News.
Esme Page is founder of Cornwal Hugs (Grenfell). “‘Imagine if we could put a Cornish holiday on the horizon of every Grenfell resident and firefighter family: a time to rest, a time to let our beautiful county bless these people and work its gentle magic.” Esme founded Cornwall Hugs Grenfell in 2017 in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Caroline Virgo is Project Officer for The Clewer Initiative a UK based charity that support the Church of England and other church based organisations to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care. This is an issue which impacts lives far beyond church walls but affects our communities, workplaces and potentially our schools too. Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. The National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being exploited in the UK, forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under threat of violence. The Clewer intiative are promoting ways in which we can identify the signs of modern slavery in our communities.
Sara Acraman is the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer for Truro Diocese and in her role supports churches throughout Cornwall to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all visitors and members.The church, more than any organisation has had to reflect and think carefully about how it promotes safeguarding within its life. As a result, this has now become an opportunity for the church and many organisations to come together and share best practice to ensure that we create sanctuary spaces for everyone we welcome and support.