Greater Together Manchester, in partnership with the Diocese of Manchester ran a really successful conference on Welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

The Bishops of Manchester and Stockport hosted the event, which was aimed at equipping individuals, churches and communities to respond practically to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

The conference was held at Salford University on Saturday 19 November and delegates had choice of workshops on a wide range of topics:

  • People Welcoming People: becoming a welcoming church
  • Legal Matters: understanding the law on asylum
  • Accommodating unaccompanied minors
  • Understanding Community Sponsorship
  • Models of Welcoming Newcomers
  • What is Trauma? Looking at mental health and the asylum process
  • Hosting the Destitute
  • Supporting Christian converts with their asylum case
  • Campaigning for Change
  • 28 Days: supporting the transition from Asylum Seeker to Refugee
  • Understanding Islam

Listen to David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, talking about the importance of welcoming refugees. 

The conference was supported by a number of organisations, including the Boaz Trust, The Children’s Society, For Refugees, and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit.