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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and Peace Refugee Project News

"A person who thinks only about building walls…and not building bridges is not Christian."

Pope Francis, February 2016


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 up and running once again, serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers from our new premises at St. Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle NE1 2TQ.

During December we were able to support around 400 people with a mix of supermarket vouchers and bags of food and toiletries. Thanks to the huge generosity of you, our donors, we were also able to offer extra vouchers to clients over the Christmas period, generating many messages of thanks and appreciation. For example:

  • Thank you for bringing all those nice things I appreciate your help made us very happy thank you.

  • Hi I received my Christmas voucher gift thanks, may the lord almighty continue to blessed you happy Christmas.

  • Thank you for what you brought, you brought happiness back to our hearts. I do not know how to thank you.

Our closer proximity to, and partnership working with, the SVP is working well and means that the clients of both organisations benefit from a more joined-up approach.

We are delighted to receive food donations; at present these can be delivered to the centre only on Mondays between 10.30am and 1.30pm unless a prior arrangement has been made with Sara. Details of the items we are currently collecting can be found here. We occasionally need other items, please contact Sara Harris to discuss. We also need large strong carrier bags as clients are visiting less and carrying more items. The latest lockdown has made our supply of food items uncertain again and we very much welcome financial contributions, however small, to help fill the gap.

Details of the Project’s Bank Account are; HSBC DHN DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND sort code 40–34–18, account number 52854058. Contributions by direct transfer would be most welcome, but cheques made payable to D.H&N DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND 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.