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Barnsley Welcomes Refugees Conference A Great Success

Over 60 people attended our Conference on Saturday 19th November 2022.The conference was united in our determination to show that Barnsley is a place of welcome and sanctuary where there is no place for hate.

It was agreed:

  • On Thursday 24th November  it will be one year since the appalling deaths of at least 27 people in the Channel who drowned when both the French and British authorities ignored their pleas for help.  The conference agreed to hold a vigil in remembrance and to show our opposition to the  government’s racist policies towards people seeking asylum and a place of safety. We will meetin the car park on Keresforth Hall Road at 4pm, then walk up to the Tower (with candles) where there will be a brief memorial event.  The event to be confirmed today.
  • The conference  agreed to set up a What’s App group “Refugees Welcome Barnsley” to enable discussions of future activities and events.
  • Discussion of the ideas raised at the conference and how to develop them further will be on the agenda of the next City of Sanctuary meeting which is open to everyone – Wednesday 7th December, 5pm to 7pm, Barnsley Town Hall (meeting room 1).

The Mayor of Barnsley Opened the Conference

Speaker from Stand Upto Racism

Mayor of Barnsley Speaking

Refugee Council Representative