Refugees

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.

Our work

As a Diocese, we have been keen to develop a long-term and meaningful response to the issues surrounding refugees and migrants.

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 dpecoraro@diocant.org or on 01227 459401. You can also follow her on twitter via: @diocantrefugee

Home is where the art is

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.

Reports

Events

Home Exhibition

14 September- 13 October Home – Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

Home was commissioned by People United, the Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council in 2018. The project saw textile artist Anna Ray working with a group of mothers in Ashford, including recently resettled Syrian mums, to explore the theme of ‘home’ through a series of art workshops. Work produced by the group will be exhibited as part of Platforma 5 The lead artist Anna Ray will deliver a free workshop from 11am to 3pm at the The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury. All welcome!

Community Sponsorship

Domenica is part of Canterbury Welcomes Refugees, a community organisation led by volunteers. They are committed to bring a refugee family to Canterbury through the Government’s Community Sponsorship scheme.
Why should you get involved? For more information please click here.

Refugee Week 2019

Hello Calais Project

Together Kent has been supporting the Diocesan Refugee Officer, Domenica Pecoraro, in bringing artwork from the Secours Catholique day centre for migrants and refugees in Calais to schools in Kent. Domenica works with primary school age children to help them respond with artworks of their own which are taken back to Calais for display at the centre. The children’s artwork consists of thoughts and poems as well as drawings and helps them to empathise with those in Calais. For more information, please click here.

East Kent Network of Sanctuary – Margaret Fingerhut’s Concert

As part of our involvement in the City of Sanctuary Movement, we were honoured to organise acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut’s concert in Canterbury in June 2019.

Margaret performed a very special concert at St Gregory’s Hall of Music in Canterbury, to raise awareness of refugee needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary refugee groups. Through music and words, Margaret told the story of some of the many composers who were forced to leave places they considered home. All the proceeds from the concert went towards Canterbury Welcomes Refugees to sponsor a refugee family through Community Sponsorship. Please email, canterburywelcomesrefugees@outlook.com. For more information please click here.

Marking World Refugee Day 2019

Love Knows No Borders a powerful event to reflect of on common humanity. For more information please click here.

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