Dear friends & supporters,
Europe is in the midst of the most significant refugee crisis for almost a century. Millions of people are fleeing their homes due to war, persecution, oppression and torture and many of these are making their way to Europe. They face many dangers on their long journey and are willing to go to any length to find a safe refuge for themselves and their families, who wouldn’t. The Government has made commitments to allow 20,000 Syrian refugees to be granted asylum over the next 5 years, but what about the many thousands of refugees and destitute asylum seekers who are already in the UK seeking asylum, and those refugees who, no matter how hard the UK Border Agency tries, will not be deterred from coming and will also need a place to stay.
Open Hands is small but well established charity that provides accommodation, food and friendship to destitute asylum seekers. We are based in Sheffield and have a small number of houses which we use to house people whose asylum application have either been refused or where they been waiting for many months or years. For most people this kind of support has provided a lifeline and has given them a sense of hope in what is often a hopeless situation.
We invite you to join us for an evening to hear more about the work of Open Hands and what a massive difference your help and support has made over the years. You will also hear stories from some of the guests who are living in the Open Hands’ houses and from Nico Pugliese, one of our Trustees who has recently returned from Tanzania, on what life is like in the refugee camps in that country.
When: From 8.00pm to 9.30pm on Thursday, 15th October 2015
Where: The Well Church Sheffield, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PR