This Refugee Week, Caritas Salford invite you to join us to reflect on the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers.  Faced with an agonising choice, some have risked everything to seek a place of safety and security, a place to build a dignified life, to fulfil their aspirations, where they can have hope for the future.
This Refugee Week, as we continue to face the challenges of the current health crisis, we also need to remember those of us facing the additional challenges of isolation, loss and often discrimination, especially refugees and people seeking asylum.  People like Rania and Amira…

Throughout Refugee Week we will be highlighting the call to action promoted by Pope Francis to welcome, protect, promote and integrate refugees and asylum seekers.  By adopting Pope Francis’ message for the forthcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, we hope to promote focus on his exhortation that “we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” (Pope Francis, Message for 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021)]
 Monday, 14th June, 6.00 p.m.
This national event co-ordinated by CSAN and RESET invites you to hear from Catholic parishes and dioceses about their experiences of Community Sponsorship, and from families welcomed by Catholic Community Sponsorship groups.
Tuesday, 15th June 6.30 p.m.
A webinar on the current realities facing refugees and asylum seekers and Caritas Salford’s practical response. The webinar will include a presentation about how the social teaching of the Catholic Church can lead us to advocate for a future of justice and peace, accelerating the process of working Towards An Ever Wider “We”, envisioned by Pope Francis.
Caritas Salford hopes that this webinar will form part of an ongoing learning and dialogue and encourage collaboration and solidarity, to significantly improve the experience of those who come to the UK seeking to continue their lives in sanctuary and ensuring that no one is left behind.
Speakers include;
Mark Wiggin (Director), Anais Fahd, Amir Raki and Andres Mora of Caritas Diocese of Salford’s Refugee Response Team.
Dr Anna Rowlands – St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice at Durham University. Founding Chair of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice (, researcher on a major refugee hosting academic research project in the Middle East ( Co-editor of the T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology (Bloomsbury, 2021) and Towards a Politics of Communion: Catholic Social Teaching in Dark Times (due out November 2021 with Bloomsbury), and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration (due out 2022 with Oxford University Press). Chair of Trustees for Women at the Well, a charity working to support women affected by prostitution, and she works closely with a range of grassroots organisations on questions of migration, trafficking and social justice.
Helen Pidd – Helen is North of England editor of the Guardian, based in Manchester. In 2015 she opened up her home to a Syrian refugee, who stayed for six months.
 Friday, 18th June 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon and 1.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.
 ONLINE Refugee Week Workshop- Educating Refugees Online During COVID 19
During COVID 19, The University of Manchester and Caritas Salford collaborated on a research project funded by the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account that explored how teachers adapted to the realities and challenges of teaching refugees online during the pandemic.  This University of Manchester and Caritas Salford workshop will present key findings and strategies for teaching refugees online.
We will outline the key findings and teacher tool kit developed for teaching refugees online, many of whom had low digital literacy levels and lack of access to technology. The workshop will be relevant to both academics and ESOL practitioners looking to better understand the challenges and strategies that can be employed in online education for refugees.