Flintshire City of Sanctuary: Working with Synergy is a small cross-community group whose overall purpose is to relieve the needs and distress of refugees and asylum seekers in Flintshire. Specifically, we aim to:
- advance the education of the public in general, especially in Flintshire, about the issues relating to refugees and those seeking asylum;
- provide or assist in the provision of facilities and activities for recreation or other leisure time occupations in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life of those persons who have need of such facilities
- promote equality and diversity for the public benefit through activities to foster understanding and engagement between people from diverse backgrounds
- prevent and relieve poverty among those granted refugee status and those seeking asylum in Flintshire.
We are committed to supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Flintshire, through provision of education, advocacy, advice and practical assistance to our beneficiaries so that they are able to adapt to their new home and environment, access education and employment opportunities and integrate into the local communities in Mold. We also seek to educate the wider local community in Flintshire about the backgrounds of our refugee and asylum seekers, their cultures and how they contribute to and enrich our community.
Key activities include our Language 4 Living educational programme, the Summer Scheme of educational and cultural events which provides opportunities to interact with members of the local community, development of links with the local business community to foster better mutual understanding and generate work placement and employment opportunities, and our soon-to-be- launched School of Sanctuary initiative.
We have a vision of making Flintshire a place of sanctuary and welcome for those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries. We currently have active branches in Mold (previously known as Synergy-Mold), Flint and Holywell and hope to establish new groups in other Flintshire towns during 2020. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in learning more or supporting us in our activities.