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On Sunday afternoon, over 100 people (including the Lord Mayor) from more than ten Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities gathered at Siani Synagogue to explore ways of becoming more involved with City of Sanctuary.

Through presentations and interviews, we learned more about the asylum process and the experience of refugees. Whenever there was a gap in the programme, the room hummed with conversation as people got to know their neighbours and discussed what they and their communities could do.

Lots of direct and practical ideas sprang up, including inviting young adults in religious communities to do more volunteering, sharing meals with refugees, and creating buddy systems or befriending schemes to welcome newcomers into Leeds and our cultures and communities.

Watch our events page or join our mailing list for more details as they arise!