York’s first hub for migrants, run by migrants is now open every Saturday at York Explore. It hopes to be a beating heart for the migrant community, a one-stop-shop for all the support people may need.
‘Our City Hub’ offers a warm welcome to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants by delivering support, basic advice and referrals, and an interpretation and translation service.
Nearly 40 trained volunteers from across York’s diverse migrant communities will help run the weekly sessions every Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Explore York Library.
It’s only a one year pilot project, but it hopes to bring together hundreds of residents from local communities and has over 50 partner agencies involved, including;
- Citizens Advice York
- University of York
- York City of Sanctuary
- York Learning
- York Racial Equality Network
- York St John University
Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said:
“We want this project to be the beating heart of the migrant community in York and surrounding areas.
‘The City Hub will give a voice to migrant communities in York and will promote equality, diversity, inclusiveness and empathy, while supporting them on their journey to become settled in their new communities in York.”
Let’s hope it becomes a permanent resource in York.
For further information on Our City Hub, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.