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Including, connecting and supporting those seeking sanctuary

“I am delighted to be part of a team who managed to adapt to reach out to their beneficiaries and also extend their services to include more people.”
Ibtisam Al-Farah, COSS Volunteer

It has, and continues to be, a challenging and constantly changing time. I have been inspired by the work of the staff and volunteer team at City of Sanctuary Sheffield and the work of all our partners to include, connect and support people during this pandemic.

A really important piece of the puzzle the Migrant Covid19 Support Group. This part of The Virtual Sanctuary that has supported 245 people in under two months with deliveries of important items including food, toiletries and radios alongside provision of immigration advice and support for isolated individuals. In this update we’ll be giving you a small insight into the work of this group.

The Migrant Covid19 Support Group is reaching across the city…
…working with people at all stages of the asylum process…
…and is making sure people are included, connected and supported during the pandemic.
“It has been very important for me at this time to have the help of the sanctuary. I am very grateful for your support and your kindness”

“I just want to thank Sanctuary for their support during this time because I was able to have access to food and essential goods”

“This help that you have given us is really something that I and my family are very grateful for. It is very important, because we are in a situation where our food is very limited and now this is the best thing that your help has given us. We appreciate it so much” 

Our Volunteer’s Story

The Migrant Covid19 Support Group is powered by a committed team of staff and volunteers.  Here is Ibtisam’s experience of volunteering with the group:

From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak I offered my spare time and expertise to many charity organisations in the city as well as keeping my main voluntary work with DEWA project active. When COSS team approached me to volunteer with them, I didn’t spend a minute to think about it as I knew their quality of work and the great services that they are offering to asylum seekers and refugees’ community….

Read Ibtisam’s story here