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Public talk (by Zoom) with Mary Brandon, Asylum Matters – 19 November 2020

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, we were tired of being tied down by COVID so we’ve had to think of other ways to get our work done. We’re delighted to be returning to our programme of public talks this time by Zoom.

We’re pleased to be welcoming Mary Brandon from Asylum Matters. Mary is staggeringly knowledgeable about government policy on refugees & asylum seekers and is very experienced in campaigning to improve their rights and the quality of their lives.

Mary has kindly agreed to present a Zoom meeting all about developments in asylum policy. So if you’re sick of the nasty rhetoric coming from government and some corners of the media, this one’s for you. Mary’s a lot of fun and a great presenter, so don’t miss it. There’ll be a chance to put your questions to her at the end.

Pour yourself a cup of tea (or glass of wine), put your feet up on the coffee table (or dog), and dial in. No need to even leave the house on a dark November night!

We’re co-hosting this event with Harrogate District of Sanctuary, so a number of people from that area will also be joining us.

Date: Thursday 19 November 2020

Time: 7:30pm

How to join: Email us and we’ll register you and send you the dial-in link. (If you’ve not used Zoom before, it’s a piece of gâteau, and we’ll tell you how.)

About Mary

Mary joined Asylum Matters as campaigns project manager for Yorkshire & Humberside in June 2018. She started volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds as a student. After spending time living in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, Mary returned to Leeds to coordinate the local City of Sanctuary group and to work as an advisor and ESOL tutor at RETAS Leeds, with a special interest in access to higher education. She also worked on the “28 day project”, supporting newly granted refugees to avoid destitution.

About Asylum Matters

Asylum Matters works to improve the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers through social and political change. By mobilising and co-ordinating local, regional and national advocacy work, they help to increase the impact of campaigns and win improvements to asylum policy and practice. They’re based in the North West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, North East and Wales, as well as London, and work with partners across the whole of the UK