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Academy of St Francis of Assisi support refugee charity

Pupils have been collecting and donating clothes to help charity Asylum Link

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 19, 2016 | School life

Pupils from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi  have been collecting unwanted clothes from across the school to be donated to Merseyside based charity Asylum Link.

Asylum Link, a grassroots charitable organisation, is run mainly by volunteers who work closely with refugees and asylum seekers to support their assimilation to life in the UK providing advice and encouraging access to the local community.

Donated clothes are sold on at a nominal price to the people who use the centre and the proceeds are used to continue the amazing work carried out by the charity.

A group of students paid a visit to the Asylum Link base at St Anne’s Centre to hand deliver the donations and were given the opportunity to go on a tour of the facilities.

The tour helped pupils to understand the importance of the donations and how they would be used to benefit the lives of the people who are helped by Asylum Link.

Asylum Link is linked with the Liverpool City of Sanctuary which promotes the city as one that welcomes people from all walks of life.

Tracey Greenough, Head of School at ASFA, said: “Here at the Academy we are dedicated to creating strong links with the local community. Asylum Link works closely with the school to educate pupils about refugees and asylum seekers.”

“I am so proud of all the staff and students at this Academy who donated their old clothes to Asylum Link,” continued Tracey. “This is a great opportunity to work with a charity that has supported many of our students who have found themselves in similar circumstances.”

Earlier this year the Academy achieved the School of Sanctuary award recognising the schools work to create a safe space for all of its students including refugees and asylum seekers.

Ewan Roberts, centre manager at Asylum Link Merseyside said: “In the post Brexit world, it seems more popular to believe in walls and fences, than it is to believe in people. However young people are able to see past this. Schools are inherently places of welcome and integration, where the ethos of sharing and getting on together is stronger than that of division and separation.

It was extremely heartening to be given the donations from ASFA, and more so to have the opportunity to talk to the students and have some of them visit the centre, added Ewan. “Actually meeting asylum seekers, finding out about their lives and making them feel welcome shows a worldlier attitude to the problems people face. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone at St Francis of Assisi who visited or helped with the clothes collection.”

To find out more about Asylum Link, visit their website

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