Guide for supporting asylum-seekers and refugees
This guide is the result of an Awards for All Big Lottery funded training project, to build the capacity of volunteers and practitioners in the Lancaster District to support asylum seekers and refugees. When Lancaster became a dispersal area for asylum seekers in 2015, whilst there was a huge willingness and welcome from local people, there was no statutory or voluntary sector experience of working with asylum seekers and refugees. Global Link was one of the key organisations who stepped in to address the needs of asylum seekers, and, whilst we had been delivering refugee awareness education projects since 1999, we had no experience of direct support to refugees and asylum seekers.
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary Refugees′ Challenges of Integration
This report presents findings from a research carried out by Dr Mohamed Yakalhef. The aim of this project is to investigate and understand the asylum seekers and refugees′ challenges of integration into Lancaster and Morecombe city.
The research found that asylum seekers and refugees facing several obstacles relating to finance, health, education, legal aspects such as of feeling isolated and angry, lack of English language skills and studding at Lancaster university. The report concludes with a series of recommendations on how the UK government, public, and voluntary sector can contribute to asylum seekers and refugees′ integration. For example, greater financial support for asylum seekers particularly by giving them permission to work, for the UK Home Office to provide more information about the status and progress of asylum seekers legal applications, more opportunities for integration into local community, continued access to English classes, greater provision of Hight Education′ scholarships, increased provision of mental health support.
The Manual for Building Community Support for Refugees and Migrants
NEW! The Manual for Building Community Support for Refugees and Migrants is a new resource produced by Global Link, with partners in Slovenia, Poland and Turkey. The resource lists tried and tested activities, resources and approaches for schools, youth, community and faith groups and organisations working to build open-ness towards, and understanding of refugees and migrants. The resource is broken down into the following headings:
Part 1: Activities for Raising Awareness among Young People
Part 2: Working with Refugee and Migrant Children
Part 3: Working with the General Public
Part 4: Communication with Decision Makers
Part 5: Working with the Media
Part 6: Volunteering
The Suitcase Game
This is a new tried and tested simulation game, which can be played in an hour with young people aged 10 and over.
It gives young people an understanding of the reasons why people are forced to leave their countries, and the often perilous journey they make.
Teachers and facilitators can print the resources and deliver it with very little preparation.
As well as developing understanding of refugees, the activity develops speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.
Documenting Dissent in Song
The Grievous Angels are a 3-piece folk band based in Lancaster. Scott Millington, Eleanor Levin and Nina George sing original songs about the land, our place in it, and previously untold tales of Lancashire people of times gone by. Inspired by Documenting Dissent, the band has created a tale of Lancaster Castle’s historical trials told in poetry and song, fantasy and fact.
LGBT Town Trail
upported by the Heritage Lottery, Global Link′s Lancaster and Morecambe LGBT Town Trail highlights some of the people, places and events involved in the district’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. Many of the stories along this trail have national, as well as local, significance with regard to the movement towards equality for LGB&T people in Britain.
The full trail, featuring more than 40 places, is available on the LGBT page of Global Link′s Documenting Dissent website. You can also buy a paper version of the trail from our office in Lancaster and Lancaster Tourist Information Centre. The price is just £1.
Conscientious Objectors Exhibition
A pop-up poster display about World War 1 conscientious objectors from Lancashire is available for loan for £25 + postage, or free to members of Global Link. The posters are suitable for use at upper Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 as a means of provoking discussion and reflection on different attitudes to and experiences of war through some remarkable, yet little known, stories of local people from the North West. The posters can be used to create assemblies, as the basis for classroom activities or simply as a temporary display in your school or organisation
Get in touch if you would like to arrange loan and delivery of the exhibition.
You can download PDF version of the poster display below.
Women, War, and Peace
The First World War created conditions for change in the lives of women and girls. Many found work and opportunities previously denied to them; others became leading figures in the anti-war movement.
Global Link has produced a poster that can also be loaned for use in the classroom or downloaded as PDF.
Documenting Dissent is Global Link’s community heritage platform, showcasing work by adult and youth volunteers that reveals some of the ‘hidden histories’ of dissent and activism from the North West. Volunteers on our Heritage Lottery funded projects have researched less well-known aspects of First World War history, such as the stories of conscientious objectors from Lancashire, the experiences of refugees who came to our region and the involvement of local women and girls on the ‘home front’ and in efforts for peace.
Global Link has produced a teaching reource highlight some of the ways that Documenting Dissent materials can be used to learn about the First World War at Key Stages 2 and 3 and think about the relevance of that conflict for young people today. The activities are relevant to a variety of subjects including History, Citizenship, PSHE, English and Art.
You can also download the PDF version of the resource.
Arts and Global Learning
Global Link produced arts and global learning subject guidance for the Global Learning Programme (GLP). Click here to download.
For Every Child
‘For Every Child’ is a collection of songs written by Andy Whitfield that can be used by teachers at Key Stages 2 and 3 to explore global learning issues. The songs explore different child rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the right to grow up in a loving family environment, the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of thought and religion.
You can download recordings of the songs and the music and lyrics can be downloaded here. For examples of global learning activities that explore children’s rights, see the Key Stage 3 case study (Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School – For Every Child) on the Global Learning Programme website.
Lesson Plans for Digital Story Workshops
Children in Crisis Resource Pack
Children in Crisis is a UK-based charity established in 1993 to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives.
Global Link worked with the charity Children in Crisis to produce an educational resource for teachers and educators. Download the Education pack here (10mb zip file).
Science and the Global Dimension
As part of our Science and the Global Dimension project, Global Link has produced a series of resource packs relating to different science topics that can be used as stimulus for introducing the Global Dimension into science lessons.
Lesson plans and materials relating to the GCSE science curriculum and the MDGs (Zip files approx. 1.5mb).
Genetically Modified Food
We have produced a poster with information about the Millennium Development Goals and how responsible science can help us achieve them.
Please get in touch, if you would like a free poster. Alternatively, download your own copy to print.
Fair Trade and Slavery Learning Pack
This learning pack is the fruit of a collaboration between Global Link and the FIG Tree in Garstang. It contains three suggested lesson plans and the related power-point slides, images and support documents.
Slave Trade & Fair Trade Town Trail
Global Link has produced a town trail of Lancaster combining important sites connected to the slave trade and fair trade outlets in the city. Using the information provided and fold-out map, you can discover more about Lancaster‘s historic connection to the slave trade and find places to buy fairly traded goods.
Alternatively, you can download the trail for free and print out yourself.
The updated trail was initiated and funded by The FIG Tree in Garstang as part of their Heritage Lottery Funded Fair Trade, Slave Trade and Quaker Project.