On 12th October, Right to Remain will be hosting a Toolkit workshop for organisations, groups and individuals supporting people seeking asylum in Dorset.
The Right to Remain Toolkit is our lifeline resource, providing information about the legal system in the UK for people seeking asylum, or those supporting them. Our focus is on boosting our community’s power to challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system, and having correct and up to date knowledge is central to this fight.
Dorset is an area identified as a legal advice ‘desert’ – where there is very little provision on legal aid or lawyers available. At present, Bournemouth is the only city in Dorset in which any advice service is available. Therefore, understanding how to provide support, without stepping over the threshold into giving advice, is extremely important to all those services and front line allies working with these communities.
Additionally, the Home Office has chosen Portland, near Weymouth, as the site for the Bibby Stockholm. We have seen rigorous response to the barge from locals, who have stepped up to both campaign against its use, and support those being housed there. We stand in solidarity with these grassroots community groups, and invite them to join us on 12th October, to come together in a safe space to share learning, network, and build power.
We are also asking those working with destitute and homeless people to sign up for the event. The risk of homelessness for migrants is now high, due to both the Illegal Migration Act forcing people underground and into destitution, and new Home Office policies stating a 7 day move on period after a decision of status has been granted. We predict an increasing number of asylum seekers and new refugees accessing support, and so invite these organisations to attend to build on their knowledge.
At this workshop, you can expect to:
- Learn how to use and share the Right to Remain Toolkit
- Deep-dive into stages of the asylum process in sequential order
- Learn how to give legal support safely, without giving legal advice
- Connect with other groups supporting people seeking asylum in Dorset
The Toolkit and our workshops act as a portal through which people can enter the shared struggle for migration justice and start taking collective action to change the system – because you need to understand the system to fight it.
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