General HBTSR Materials
Welcome days [ also known as Sanctuary days or away days] updated august 2019 – a how to guide welcome days
Refugees Welcome Banner (can be printed out and placed into a window etc.)
Please note that volunteers who go to court /Tribunal/Home Office hearings are solely there to provide support and not to provide advice or to speak at the hearing. This leaflet may help answer questions- courts Info Sheet 2
‘Courts Support is arguably one of the most valuable things that we can do. The people attending are incredibly anxious/ sick/ as they fear that they will be returned to the place they fled from. Although at Columbus House Newport I’ve been very impressed by how friendly and helpful all members of staff have been, nevertheless the process of attending,waiting around, being interrogated and fearing that a single slip might mean refusal is terrifying for the people whose life here depends upon the decisions made.
It has been good to see people’s faces light up when they realise that we are there for them. It’s hard to know for sure if our presence really makes a difference to the process but a Barrister was clear that she felt that it did reflect very positively upon the person being scrutinised and certainly on one occasion the Judge was scanning our faces to see what we thought about his pronouncement.
Our support doesn’t require knowledge of the system and we do not speak in court but we do offer a scared person the gift of friendship and cups of water if needed! We try to send our people in pairs or more so they can support each other If you want to join the Courts group please contact [email protected] .
NB note that we do have a small fund set aside for assistance Legal fund guidance
and look at the Right to Remain toolkit for details on the asylum system
leaflets UIDPvitamin D supplements
Policies & Guidance (see separate page)
Charitable Status Documentation
City of Sanctuary also provides some great resources, available here.