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.
HBTSR is also affiliated with Refugees Welcome, a group who have a strong focus on campaigning. There are over 90 Refugees Welcome campaign groups around the UK.
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. 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.
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Claire, Maureen and Maria with Steve looking on
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Open public meeting at St Marys Church on 15th November 2019
people beginning to arrive
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