The situation facing refugees and migrants continues to be a matter of huge global concern. While the issues are many and complex, the Diocese of Canterbury is committed to showing compassion to those forced to flee their countries as well as the communities they join.
As a Diocese, we have been keen to develop a long-term and meaningful response to the issues surrounding refugees and migrants.
- Toolkit: We are aware that across parishes, people continue to want to respond with compassion to the plight of refugees. To help support this, our Refugee Toolkit continues to offer five useful ways to respond: Act, Serve, Campaign and Advocate, Get Informed, and Pray.
- Refugee Officer: In 2016, following a generously supported Advent Justice Appeal Campaign, the Diocese was able in partnership with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and Migrant Help UK, to appoint a Refugee Projects Officer – Domenica Pecorora.
Domenica’s work involves maintaining and developing relationships with local organisations already working with refugees, raising awareness of the plight of refugees within churches, and identifying the current and future needs of this vulnerable group of people in order to guide where the Diocese can most usefully provide support.
It’s meant our involvement in the development of some exciting collaborations including:
- The Schools of Sanctuary project, which delivers refugee awareness sessions in Church of England Primary schools in Kent.
- The East Kent Network of Sanctuary; an umbrella network for organisations, charities and community groups who can support and inspire each other to help build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in East Kent.
- Numerous national and local events from the Great Big Get Together to Refugee Week.
Get in touch
Domenica says: “I am always delighted to speak to any churches or individuals who would like to do more to support refugees, and find out more about the challenges they face. I am also keen to support those who might be interested in offering more long-term support through Government schemes such as the Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme and or Community Sponsorship Scheme.”
Domenica can be contacted directly on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01227 459401. You can also follow her on twitter via: @diocantrefugee
We organised an art exhibition in November and December that was the result of an ambitious project in Ashford. Home has brought people together through a number of workshops focusing on creativity to produce works with a focus on home and what it means. Click here to read the full story.
The project also featured on BBC’s Inside Out – South East “The Ashford and Syrian mums making friends through art.” You can view the episode by clicking here.