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'Everyone means everyone'

‘Everyone-In’ victory against Brighton & Hove City Council

We are absolutely delighted that the High Court has now clearly ruled that local authorities can lawfully accommodate everyone, regardless of immigration status, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This landmark case was brought on behalf of a Voices in Exile client who was left street homeless for weeks last year when Brighton & Hove City Council refused to accommodate him. Many thanks to Lawstop Brighton and to the Garden Court team who helped secure this important victory for all migrants with no recourse to public funds who have been left on the street.
The Argus newspaper logo               The guardian logo
Thank you to our fresh veg donors Common Ground

Common Ground are a community food growing project based in Stanmer Park.

They have been providing fresh seasonal vegetables for our food bank throughout the pandemic. Their donations are always consistent and plentiful! A huge thank you from everyone at VIE for Common Ground’s continued support. Some clients are now starting to volunteer with CG in Stanmer Park, maintaining the site and growing produce!

Follow them on facebook

and Instagram @commongroundbrighton

vegetable patch  vegetable garden

vegetable patch bags of food in food bank

 

UK homeless charities call for suspension of ‘reckless’ eviction of asylum seekers

Link to article 

Migrant Welcome Project

Good News Newspaper 

Our peer support group Migrant Welcome Project, lead by Hayat Shebab, has been producing a ‘Good News Newspaper’ to bring a little positivity and hope into their group activities. 

 

Good News Newspaper

Syrian Meals by Manal Gharzeddin

Fast and Easy Syrian Meals 

Volunteer Manal has made her own Syrian cook book!

“In Syria, we love cooking and we love food! I have created this cookbook because I want to share my favourite recipes from home with people in England. This cookbook is not like others as all the Syrian recipes are easy to make at home with ingredients you can buy in your local supermarkets. 

It is available for £10 (including post & package, UK only, EU to follow soon)

I want to give back to my country so any profits I make from the cookbook will be sent to Syria to help people who can’t afford to pay for medical treatment.

I hope you will like my book and try out the recipes.”

RECRUITMENT!

We are recruiting to the role of Volunteer Coordinator

Part-time (0.8FTE) – job-share considered
NJC scale point 13 (£22,627 pa pro rata)
12 month fixed-term contract with possibility of extension (subject to funding)
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Job purpose:

We rely heavily on volunteers to deliver our frontline services to migrants in and beyond the city, and the effective recruitment, management and support of our volunteers is an essential part of our work. The post holder will publicise and promote volunteering opportunities to individuals, community groups and other relevant agencies; develop, manage and deliver our volunteer recruitment, induction and training programme; identify and develop new volunteering opportunities in response to emerging need; and support and manage a team of committed volunteers working in different areas of the organisation.

The role will include managing our mentoring programme and matching volunteer mentors with service users who need additional one-to-one support; and also working on addressing barriers to volunteering for service users and migrants and helping to develop the voice of those with lived experience at Voices in Exile. You will maintain and develop clear policies and procedures to ensure safe delivery of our volunteering activities, and help develop and implement effective evaluation and monitoring tools to demonstrate the difference volunteering and mentoring can make to the lives of the people we work with.

The post holder will need to be able to step into a busy office and frontline advice environment with the necessary confidence, skills and knowledge to manage an effective volunteering programme with minimal supervision, initially working remotely but based in our premises in Kemptown once Covid restrictions ease. We will consider job-sharing proposals for this post.

For more information about the post please see job description & person specification attached.

To apply, please complete and return the attached application form to Alice: administrator@voicesinexile.org.

 

Vie vol coordinator job application form

 

Volunteer co-ordinator JDPS

 

Application deadline: Friday 23rd April at 12 noon. Interviews will take place (via Zoom) on Friday 30th April

Spark & Co.

We’ve just been added to the @sparkandco._ resource directory. If you’re looking for information, support or help during Covid-19, be sure to check it out

www.sparkandco.co.uk 

Doctors of the World Petition 

 

 

 

We’ve joined TheBMA, royal medical colleges, DOTW_UK and medical organisations calling for the NHS Charging Regulations to be suspended.  To tackle the #COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that everyone can access health services when they need to.

Sign the Letter

 

Migrants’ Rights Network, PILC and Project 17

 

 

 

 

Open letter to chief execuives of all local authorities England calling for urgent action to ensure that all migrants, regardless of immigration status, get the support they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Joint letter to LAs COVID-19 and migrant homelessness BM

 

Jesuit Refugee Service

 

 

Migrant Rights organisation call for ‘leave for all’ to protect public health

Press Release

Letter

 

Calls for UK government to provide and maintain translate Covid-19 guidance

Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) and over 20 local authorities, public health bodies and non-profit organisations have written to the UK Government to express concern at the lack of COVID-19 public health guidance in languages other than English.

Open Letter

 

 Anti Slavery

Together with Focus on Labour Exploitation, (FLEX), Doughty Street Chambers and Hope for Justice, Anti-Slavery International and The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group complied a letter to ministers urging them to revoke a new policy that will make rough sleeping grounds for removal from the UK.

Open Letter 

 

Covid campaigns that we’re supporting

Helen Bamber Foundation

Urgent call for the UK Government to protect and safeguard survivors of
Modern Slavery who have insecure
immigration status

Report

NACCOM

 

 

 

Covid-19 Advocacy: Joint letter to the Prime Minister Policy recommendations to protect people who are experiencing homelessness and insecure migration statuses

Joint Letter

 

Solace Women’s Aid and Public Interest Law Centre

UK: Domestic abuse services call for urgent support for migrant victims blocked from safety, healthcare and refuges

Letter

 

Haringey Migrant Support Centre, London

 

 

To Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick MP
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government: An open letter calling for the government to extend the ‘Everyone In’ policy.

Open Letter to Robert Jenrick MP_Final

 

Open letter to Prime Minister: Reverse the decision to evict people with NRPF into homelessness

 

 

 

Requesting that the Prime minister immediately reverse this decision so as to prevent people who have been refused asylum becoming homeless and destitute, and to protect the health and safety of both individuals and the general public.

Open letter to the Prime Minister

 

Bail for Immigratoin Detainees

Letter to the home secreatary calling for the release of all immigration detainees held in Immigration Removal Centres and Prisons in order to prevent a full-scale crisis. 

Letter

 

 

Give non-British citizens who are NHS workers automatic citizenship

 

 

 

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.

Petition

 

Freedom From Torture

Joint-letter on increasing asylum support rates in response to the Covid-19 crisis

Joint Letter

 

Public Interest Law Centre and Southall Black Sisters

The Government urgently needs to allocate ringfenced funding to ensure survivors of domestic abuse who flee abusive homes have a safe place to go.

Petition

Freedom From Torture

 

The Home Office must urgently act to protect immigration detainees and asylum seekers who are at higher risk of dying of Covid-19.
We’ve written to Immigration Minister Chris Philp, along with 54 organizations: Letter

 

Free School Meals

We’re joining 60 organisations to call on the Government to permanently extend #FreeSchoolMeals to all low-income migrant families – read the letter here https://bit.ly/3gRLWos and send him your own https://bit.ly/3i5MWpb @childrensociety

FSM letter press release

Avid Detention

Letter to the Immigration Minister and Shadow Home Secretary highlighting the risks of housing vulnerable asylum-seekers in crowded barracks where social distancing is impossible.

Article & Letters

 

2019 End of Year Celebration

2019 End of Year Celebration

Some photos from our end of year celebration back in December... A big thank you to everyone who attended our end of year party! This last year has been a very busy time for us at Voices in Exile. However, we are now working as hard as ever in 2020 towards our mission...

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What we’ve been up to…

What we’ve been up to…

It has been an incredibly busy year for Voices in Exile, with many positive changes and challenges since we moved to our new premises in Kemptown at the end of 2017. Since taking up post in October 2017, our new director Mel Steel has been working hard to build a new...

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

It's been a while coming... but we made it!   If you’ve tried to find us online over the past year or so you’ll know that our old website was a bit ropey, that some of the info was out of date, and that our name and logo still featured the ‘B’ for Brighton that...

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