Leeds Quakers are part of the Sanctuary Meeting movement, we are committed to: 

  1. Joining local initiatives to build a culture of welcome
  2. Building alliances with groups opposing racism
  3. Working with others to change the laws on destitution, detention, deportations and removals.

Grant support is available for projects helping Asylum Seekers and Refugees, see: LAQM Grant Application Form

Sanctuary Meeting video link: https://youtu.be/RbWRVROHEFs

Sanctuary Meeting News:

06/08/18   Please sign this petition calling on the Home Secretary to allow unaccompanied children granted asylum in the UK to be reunited with their families.


 This is a very accessible description of what the hostile environment means in practice:  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/01/hostile-environment-immigrants-crept-into-schools-hospitals-homes-border-guards

15/07/18   The Sanctuary Lunch was well attended on Sunday – the lunch in August will have a ‘picnic’ option, as we normally plan to have our August Lunch outside if the weather is good.

08/07/18: See the BYM Sanctuary Meeting web page at http://www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/social-justice/migration and watch the Video interview with Kurt Strauss, a man who escaped Nazi Germany through the Quaker Kindertransport movement, speak about his experience of finding asylum.

02/07/18; In under one year, there are already 82 Sanctuary Meetings, and their witness work is having an impact at both national and local levels. It is astonishing when you step back and take a look at everything happening – which is what we have done in the two-minute video below. In it we celebrate 20 years of Refugee Week with 20 of the things Friends are doing to protect human rights and be in solidarity with newcomers to the UK. 

21/6/18: Walk of Solidarity: Tracey Martin, Richard Levitt, Keith Mollison and Robert Keeble all participated in the Walk of Solidarity on Thursday 21st June.  The Walk from Garforth to the Leeds Home Office was on a very hot day and felt much further than the advertised 10.5 miles.  The last leg was by bus to Mill Hill Chapel, City Square for the ‘Conversation Club’ and to enjoy a celebration cake – unfortunately, the walkers were so overdue that all the cake was eaten before they arrived!