York’s first hub for migrants, run by migrants will open at York Explore on Saturday 4 June.
Our City Hub will offer a warm welcome to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants by delivering support, basic advice and referrals, and an interpretation and translation service will be offered.
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.
This 1 year pilot project aims to bring together hundreds of residents from local communities and over 50 partner agencies, including:
- Citizens Advice York
- University of York
- York City of Sanctuary
- York Learning
- York Racial Equality Network
- York St John University
This launch and first session coincides with International Children’s Day and builds on the Our City Festival as part of a cohesive and caring city for all.
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.”
For further information on Our City Hub, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.