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.
A wonderful Welcome day in Llwyn Celyn.
‘During the last years, the first place I could feel myself so consolidated in my soul and mind, I was…
A tremendous time at Treberfydd
Each time we plan a Welcome Day, we worry about whether we will have enough people to help, enough food,…
A wonderful evening at Newport County for groups from Swansea, Newport and HBTSR
Over 160 football clubs in Britain took part in Amnesty’s Football Welcomes campaign on the weekend of 27/28th April to…
Another visit to Alder Carr, Llangattock
Sarah, accompanied by 16 young people who are seeking sanctuary in Newport, drove up in her minibus to the cheers…
Luxuriate in Llangynidr!
‘I love, love being here’ said G with a beaming smile. ‘I can relax and see friends and it is…
Sanctuary in Senedd 3rd April 2019
This annual event sponsored on this occasion by Julie James AM from Swansea was a great opportunity to hear about…
Bread making in Newport Sanctuary
Some months ago HBTSR agreed to help Newport Sanctuary drop in centre refurbish their kitchen. The fire at the next…
Llangors and Llanfihangel Talyllyn welcome
Wildlife loose in Hay
Tigers, monkeys and dragons roared in Hay School on Sunday 27th January. But there was no cause for concern. Rather…
The Grand Raffle and draw
Rachel, Pauline and Lawrence spearheaded the Grand Raffle campaign assisted by many who sold tickets in various venues. This year’s…
Save Otis Bolamu from Imminent Deportation to the DRC- an almost good news story!
Many of us met Otis when he volunteered at Hay festival as a steward. He did his duties well and…
Penny Presents Petition to Chris Davies about the right to work for people seeking asylum
On Friday 14th December, Penny and Andrew Leonard visited Chris Davies MP to present a petition asking him to ask…