HBTSR formed in September 2015 and joined City of Sanctuary soon afterwards. City of Sanctuary is a national movement with over 60 local groups which are committed to developing a ‘culture of welcome and inclusion’ for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. The aim is to create a network of places throughout the country which do their best to include people seeking asylum or refuge in the lives of their communities.
The global refugee crisis is the largest in generations. Millions of people need our help and we need to do more. The country stands ready and willing but we need our political leaders to act to make change happen.
HBTSR are a group of volunteers coordinating a local response to the refugee crisis. Basically we aim to be welcoming to people seeking sanctuary, to raise funds to help us demonstrate this welcome and to encourage our political representatives to put policies in place for a kind and fair immigration system.You can find out more about our aims here. We were recognised as a registered charity in June 2017 and our number is 1173570.
We are all volunteers giving our time and skills for free whilst juggling the rest of things that life throws at us. If we are slow to reply or to do something please give us a gentle nudge or reminder.
STOP PRESS – from 16th March 2020 we are avoiding non essential travel and social contact as advised by COBRA.
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Buy your facemasks here!
One of our Fundraising Coordinators Rachel Giaccone came up with the idea and pattern for making washable face masks. Supporters Janet, Gaynor ,Penny and Kumari are kindly making these beautiful 2 layer face masks for HBTSR and we are keen…
correspondence with MP Fay Jones
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Another lovely day in Llangorse
Some say’ a camel is a horse designed by a committee’ and ‘ too many cooks spoil the broth’ but HBTSR rely upon having many cooks, washer uppers and activity organisers and know that somehow they will all work happily…
Success for Otis Bolamu
I can hardly believe that I didn’t share this news on this website although it’s been on all other social media. Better late than never?
A wonderful day in Hay
Another wonderful ,relaxing and yet exhilarating day out in Hay for over 120 people from the local area and 48 people from Swansea. This was again expertly hosted by Headteacher Lex and staff Lou, Menna and Sarah, a large number…
Thanks to all the Unsung Heroes
The end of another successful year of supporting and welcoming and enjoying the company of people seeking sanctuary draws near. At our open meeting in November we celebrated the contribution of some of the many people who have helped us…
General election 2019- request for information from our prospective parliamentary candidates.
As with our By Election earlier this year I wrote to all candidates seeking their views on 22nd November as follows:-
Christmas came early to Penpont
How to begin to write about yet another wonderful day at Penpont? Yet again, Gavin and Vina opened their home and gardens to HBTSR and a coachload of people from Swansea who are seeking Sanctuary . Yet again there was…
A celebration of 4 years of HBTSR
November 15th 2019, St Mary’s Church and Father Steven kindly allowed us to celebrate 4 years of HBTSR , to thank some of the people that we’ve not thanked before , to catch up with what we’ve done, to learn…
Another brilliant day out in Bronllys
After the storms in the previous few days, a slightly overcast day in Bronllys was far better than expected. Whilst the sun didn’t shine ,we were able to get out and walk twice! Anyone who thinks people from hotter parts…
A great day for ducks at Craig Y Nos!
Marvellous Criw Craggy made this great day out possible. Despite having been refused a grant to run a commemoration of Adelina Patti on the hundredth anniversary of her death, they opted to go ahead with the fifth day out for…
Glasbury Arts Welsh contemporary artists exhibition in Brecon features an asylum seeking artist from Newport
There is a superb exhibition of Welsh contemporary art at Theatr Brycheiniog. Arranged by Glasbury Arts , this exhibition gives Bison Milambo who is seeking asylum, the opportunity to share his art alongside some very well known and prestigious Welsh…