TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities) has been awarded nearly £20,000 to develop the campaign to make Wrexham a Town of Sanctuary, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery,
A Town of Sanctuary is a place welcoming to everyone, especially refugees and asylum seekers. The campaign to make Wrexham a Town of Sanctuary was launched earlier in the year, with a range of diverse organisations and local groups supporting it.
The funding will enable a worker to recruit more individuals and groups in Wrexham to get involved, such as schools, community groups, faith groups, and businesses, who will be supported to take practical action to welcome diverse communities. Training will be delivered to dispel myths, combat discrimination, and raise awareness on the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Those involved hope that this will mean that Wrexham can successfully be assessed and awarded Town of Sanctuary status within the next 12 months.
A recent survey of people in Wrexham found that the majority did not understand the terms refugee or asylum seeker, and most overestimated how many refugees and asylum seekers there are in Wrexham, some by over 100 times. However, the majority of people also said they wanted to do more to welcome refugees and asylum seekers in the local community.
Wrexham is the smallest of four ‘dispersal areas’ in Wales, meaning at any one time around 150 people seeking asylum are living in Wrexham through this scheme. Wrexham’s overall population is over 135,000. Whilst around 65.5 million people fleeing conflict, violence or persecution worldwide, less than 0.3% of the UK’s population are refugees.
Godwin Busuyi from the Wrexham Town of Sanctuary group said “Despite my hard experience in Wrexham during my first year of staying here, I can safely say I and my family have found home and safety in Wrexham. It has been mind-lifting.”
TCC’s lead organiser Kay Polley said “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding, and extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible. We really value the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to our communities; this funding will help us do a lot more to make Wrexham a welcoming place which celebrates diverse communities.”
To sign up to support the Wrexham Town of Sanctuary campaign visit this page.