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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and Peace Refugee Project News

"We cannot remain insensitive, our hearts deadened, before the misery of so many innocent people. We must not fail to weep. We must not fail to respond."

Pope Francis, September 2019


Thank you for your enormous generosity

The Steering Group of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the generosity being shown towards the work of the project at present. Your individual contributions – at a time of hardship for many of us – show a kindness and humanity that is truly humbling. Be assured that your donations are making a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. God bless you.


Refugee Project Update:

The Refugee Project is now operating from our new premises at St. Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle NE1 2TQ supporting an increased number of clients each month.

As many parishes have not yet been able to resume food collections we are finding it difficult to meet the demand for food from existing stock and are having to purchase many additional items. We understand the difficulties in collecting food items in parishes at present but anything that you can do to assist would be very much appreciated.

The list of items we are currently collecting is available here. We are delighted to receive items on Mondays between 10.30 and 1.30, unless a prior arrangement has been made with Sara. We very much welcome financial contributions too and details can be found below.

The project is supported by over 20 volunteers who attend at least once a week. It is thanks to their hard work and dedication that we are able to receive deliveries, prepare, pack and distribute food bags and provide significant quantities of non-food items. They also signpost clients to other services for advice with housing, legal and welfare issues. We are currently looking for more volunteers to join the team – so please spread the word.

One of the benefits of being at St. Vincent’s is the ability to work more closely with the SVP meaning that clothing and non-food items donated to the SVP are available to our clients too. Please note that due to storage space, the SVP are not currently able to accept further clothing items until the beginning of May.

Donations:

Details of the Project’s Bank Account are; DHN, Justice & Peace Refugee Project sort code 40–34–18, account number 52854058. Alternatively, cheques made payable to DHN, Justice & Peace Refugee Project can also be sent to Sara Harris, Justice and Peace Refugee Project Co-ordinator, St. Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2TQ.

Regular donations by standing order can be made by completing the mandate and returning it to you bank. Taxpayers can also complete the gift aid declaration and return this to our treasurer, Marjory Knowles tel: 07929 343418 or by email: marjory.knowles@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support for the Refugee Project. For more details about our work and how you can support it, please contact Sara Harris by email: sara.harris@diocesehn.org.uk or tel: 07407 091184.