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  • Fri
    12:00 pmCastle Gate, Newcastle, NE1 2JQ

    Taking Action for Integration: How can we work together to create stronger and more cohesive communities?

    Join Action foundation, as Maurice Wren (CEO of Refugee Council) talks about the importance of integration of refugees into our communities. As the Government publishes their ‘Integrated Communities Action Plan’ this event will highlight some of the key aspects that facilitate good integration and the challenges that exist for many communities in seeing this become a reality. This event will also highlight a recent evaluation of Action Foundation’s community led English classes, our plans to launch a Citywide Drop-in to improve social connection and the launch of our ‘Gift of Words’ appeal
    For more information and to book your place please go to:
  • Thu
    Three locations around the North East

    Stories of Sanctuary - refugee-led music performance tours the North East

    March 21 - Durham Cathedral

    March 22 - ARC Stockton

    March 24 - The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle 

    (Please click the link above to book tickets - advance booking recommended)

    Following the success of the launch last year, the Stories of Sanctuary community project begins a UK tour in the North East! An emotive and poignant show of original songs written and performed by those with experience of seeking sanctuary, linking the past with the present. Drawing on Durham’s rich history of offering sanctuary – from the arrival of an exiled monastic community seeking sanctuary from the Vikings to modern stories of fleeing the civil war in Syria – Stories of Sanctuary warmly invites you into the project that inspired infectious friendships as well as deeply beautiful songs.

    Stories of Sanctuary is made up of the Sanctuary Seekers Choir, featuring the National Syrian Orchestra’s Raghad Haddad along with the project’s curator and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher. The project was rated 9/10 at its sold-out premiere at Durham Cathedral in October 2018 and the choir performed an exclusive set in the Houses of Parliament with partner organisation City of Sanctuary in November 2018.


  • Tue
    11:00 amFenham Library, Fenham Hall Drive

    Join us for delicious free food cooked by people who are settling in the UK.

    Newcastle City Council, YHN, Newcastle City of Sanctuary and FoodWorks, along with a group of individuals who have come to Newcastle through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) have come together to bring you a tasty treat of dishes from the Middle East.

    Newcastle is committed to welcoming those seeking sanctuary and is honoured to be recognised as a City of Sanctuary. Newcastle City Council has supported over 250 parents and children through the VPRS scheme to resettle in the city. YHN have supported these families to settle into life here and many of those who have arrived as part of the scheme are keen to develop their skills, English and to find employment, which they are supported with through Supported Employment.

    The people involved in the trial will have the chance to cook in a professional kitchen, show their culinary skills – which I have reason to believe are pretty fine  - increase their employability and English skills, as well as their confidence. We are hopeful that there may be scope to get dishes such as these, cooked by people resettling in Newcastle as part of the regular offer from FoodWorks carts in the future, offering people the chance to gain skills, experience and ultimately employment, and offering customers delicious food – win-win!

    It would be great if you could come along and be part of this trial taking place at the newly refurbished Fenham Library on Tuesday 26th March between 11am – 2pm.

    You don’t need to book, you are welcome to just turn up and enjoy, the food on offer is completely free!

    Hope to see you there!


  • Sat
    10am - 3pm George Street Social, Newcastle

    The second City of Sanctuary North East regional gathering will be held in Newcastle on the 8th of June.

    The gathering will be a great opportunity to celebrate the City of Sanctuary network across the North East and all we have achieved towards building a culture of welcome in our cities, towns and valleys.

    It will also be an opportunity to learn from each of the six groups, be inspired by stories of welcome, and be resourced to continue the amazing work that goes on across the region.

    See below for more details and for how to book your place:




  • Fri
    6pm - 10.30pm The Turbine Hall, CastleGate

    Action Foundation are hosting a Black Tie Dinner Dance on 14th June to celebrate their 10th year and to kick off Refugee Week celebrations.

    They will be marking this milestone with a night of great dining, dancing, inspirational speakers, poetry and live music. See more details here: Charity Dinner invite

    Sure to be a great evening and for a great cause too! Get your tickets quickly...

    You can book online at:



  • Tue
    11am - 3pm Fenham Library

    Tuesday 18th June 11am – 3pm (Fenham Library) 

    A fun lunchtime event for everyone to be involved in - there will be free Middle Eastern food cooked by the resettlement families, craft activities for children, and an award ceremony for the individuals who have been part of the fantastic FoodWorks cooking trials.

    There will also be “stalls” where different organisations can promote their work to families and individuals. This will be an opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees to find out about different organisations and what support and opportunities are on offer in Newcastle.

    Come along and be involved in the celebrations, find out what Newcastle has on offer and enjoy the food!

  • Fri
    2pm - 5pm Newcastle City Library

    Friday 21st June 2pm – 5pm (City Library) 

    Join us for an afternoon event to celebrate Refugee Week:

    Get an update on Newcastle: City of Sanctuary, have your say on what the City should be focusing on and find out how you can contribute and be part of this work going forward.

    Find out more about the work of the Newcastle Asylum and Migration Team and the Local Authority Asylum Liaison Officers.

    Watch a live performance of Peace Process-ion, an immersive highly acclaimed performance exploring what it means to be torn from home PeaceProcession

    For more information and to book your place please click on the Eventbrite link here