Ripon City of Sanctuary hosts 4-5 public talks on asylum and refugee issues each year; audience numbers range from 40 to 100+.
We also collaborated with the October 2017 Ripon Poetry Festival (part of Ripon International Festival) to include the session ‘Poetry and Sanctuary‘, and sponsored two Syrian poets to share their work.
Our work on the Schools of Sanctuary stream is also a vital part of our awareness-raising among children and young people (and their teachers).
We regularly collaborate with local groups and churches including Ripon Cathedral, the local Methodist Circuit, St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church Ripon and the Leper Chapel.
We also campaign and are in regular contact with our MP, keeping him informed about the resettling of the Syrian families in Ripon and issues which concern them and us.