Student volunteering opportunities

The Boaz Trust is launching a short term volunteering programme especially for students at universities across Greater Manchester!

Starting from 10th October, we are running an 8 week course every Wednesday afternoon within Boaz, where students will get a flavour of the issues our clients face and the opportunity to meet and work with them in a social setting.

It’s a great chance to find out more about asylum issues and meet some of the amazing people behind the headlines!

Here’s what Katie, one of our student volunteers, says about Boaz:

“I have really enjoyed my time volunteering with Boaz and I have taken part in a variety of activities from gardening to sewing classes with asylum seekers. My highlight would definitely have to be our involvement in the Manchester Day Parade when a group of women who had created costumes and rehearsed dance routines for weeks prior to the parade danced their way round Manchester in front of a crowd of about 80,000. The look of joy and excitement on their faces is a feeling I will never forget!”

Spaces are limited to 8 per term and we are excited about receiving applications from the various universities around the city. The dates for Autumn 2012 are 10 October to 28 November. Please see our Volunteering page for more info- thanks!

Cross Pollinate opportunities

Here’s a reminder from our friends at Cross Pollinate about their latest fundraising opportunities… we can’t apply anymore as we have received their generous funding already, but we always like to pass on their info when we can!

‘The Cross Pollinate Foundation welcomes requests from small (annual income under £500k) social action charities to present at its ‘Dragons Den’ style event for charity on Tuesday 6th November 2012.’

For guidance about how to make a request to present at the event before the deadline of 21st September 2012 please visit their website.

Missed Out- contact your local MP today!

We’re already signed up to the ‘Women’s Asylum Charter‘, a campaign launched by Asylum Aid last year, but this week we are joining with Asylum Aid and Refugee Council to invite you to contact your local MP about the campaign too!

The premise of the Charter is simple- that asylum-seeking women must be protected from violence in the UK.

Around 7,000 women seek asylum in the UK each year. They are seeking protection from persecution, often fleeing violence and abuse. Yet the government’s strategy for helping victims of violence says nearly nothing about them.

Women seeking asylum have been missed out, and we at Boaz, along with thousands across the country, believe that now is the time to put this right.

The coalition government launched its Violence Against Women and Girls strategy in November 2010, and will report on its progress this November. The Charter asks that the strategy guarantees women:

• access to a fair and gender-sensitive asylum system which results in decisions that are right first time
• Border Agency officials who demonstrate an understanding of gender-based persecution
• equivalent levels of sensitivity and expertise already expected of the police and Crown Prosecution Service when dealing with women affected by sexual violence
• a political commitment that assures them the same rights as other women

Please join us in putting pressure on the Government to ensure that women seeking asylum have the same rights as everyone else. You can write to your MP by following this link, or downloading the info below. Please help today!

MP letter template