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  1. 1. DEVON & CORNWALL REFUGEE SUPPORTA Private Company Limited by Guarantee Providing PracticalNEWSLETTER Support To RefugeesAUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011Registered Company No. 06271122 Registered Charity No. 1130360 OISC Exemption No. N2001004277 Whimple Street, Plymouth PL1 2DH Tel: 01752 265952 Fax: 0870 762 6228 Email: dcrsc@btopenworld.com Website: http://dcrsc1.cfsites.orgFOREWORD BY THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR EDITORIAL COMMENT Written by Geoffrey N. READ Written by Geoffrey N. READ DCRS Newsletter EditorDear Friends & Supporters,The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Lorna SEWELL is I NTERNET LINKS. If you’re reading this on-line and come across words with blue lettering that are underlined, then you can click on these links and be taken directly toindisposed right now so it has fallen upon me to write another site for more information on that particular topic.a few words for this Foreword. Put your cursor over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and click! Ed.It never ceases to amaze me just how much work isachieved by the DCRS Trustees, Staff and Volunteersduring the course of one short month. And all this DCRS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Written by Geoffrey N. READwork is carried out quietly, methodically, with not so DCRS Newsletter Editormuch as a song and a dance, but always with theutmost diligence. I am constantly in awe of whatthey manage to achieve. B OARD OF TRUSTEES’ Meetings. A meeting of the DCRS th Board of Trustees was held on Wednesday, 27 July 2011. There will be no meeting in August 2011. The next thDespite all their pressures of work the Staff managed meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 September 2011 atto take an Away Day in July 2011 where they studied 7 p.m. Should anyone wish to have a particular matter discussed at this meeting then please contact any DCRStheir work practices with a view to reviewing them Trustee.and improving them.The Staff still manage to achieve their aims whilstfighting a constant uphill battle! We learned in July2011 that the Immigration Advisory Service has had toclose. This will affect a few of our Service Users andhas placed an increased workload on our Staff. I haveplaced an article regarding this closure further in thisissue. Our Funders:How many of you have read our Annual Review for2010? A copy is available on our website for viewingand downloading. If you have difficulty with that thenthere are a few hard copies available at theMasiandae Centre or do please contact me direct.The Review contains an awful lot of useful information th 2011 is the 60 Anniversaryabout DCRS and a lot of work and effort was put intoit. of the UN Refugee ConventionYours sincerely ,Geoffrey N. READDCRS Newsletter Editor http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49da0e466.html To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 1 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  2. 2. DCRS CLOTHING STORE DCRS HARVEST FESTIVAL APPEAL Written by Trish BAXTER Written by Christine REID DCRS Lead Project Support Worker DCRS Trustee & Food Programme CoordinatorB ABY CLOTHES & BEDDING. DCRS is currently accepting donations of all types ofbaby clothes and bedding. T HAT TIME OF THE YEAR is fast approaching when DCRS likes to remind faith groups, schools and similar organisations that it will soon be time for Harvest Festival. As in previous years, donations of all types of food wouldM EN’S SWIMMING SHORTS and Trunks. As you will see from a later article, the Plymouth Tinside Pool isnow available for use and is free to our Service be very much appreciated. The DCRS Food Programme does have a budget which provides for the very basic needsUsers. However, they often don’t have the but we do look upon donations tonecessary swimming costumes, shorts or trunks provide a little bit of “luxury” andto be able to attend. All donations would therefore be change in the diet of our Servicevery welcome! Users (SU). Last year we issued about 1,700 food parcels to Service UsersT OWELS. Towels of all sizes and types would be welcomed... especially if ourService Users could use them to go swimming! who would have otherwise gone hungry. We also provide toiletry packs for some of our SU and male toiletries are especially welcome. You can deliver your donations to the Masiandae Centre atC OLLECTION OR DELIVERY? If anyone has things to donate then do please bring them to the MasiandaeCentre in Whimple Street. Alternatively, contact Geoff – 7 Whimple Street. Alternatively, if you would like us to collect them from you please call Geoff on (01752) 563800 or text him on 07745819828. You can also email him ondetails at the foot of the page – and he will arrange collection. saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you! DCRS ON FACEBOOK DCRS HOLIDAY CLOSURE Written by Kanda Written by Geoffrey N. READ DCRS Webmaster DCRS Trustee & Newsletter EditorD CRS ON FACEBOOK. We opened up a DCRS page at Facebook a fewmonths ago. Please also visit this P LEASE NOTE THAT the Masiandae Centre will be closed all day on th Monday, 29 August 2011 for theFacebook page and click Like! Thank you! Summer Bank Holiday. DCRS FOOD PROGRAMME DCRS VOLUNTEERS’ MEETING An update by Christine REID Written by Geoffrey N. READ DCRS Trustee & Food Programme Coordinator DCRS Trustee & Newsletter EditorT HE FOOD PROGRAMME continues to issue the same levels of food to our destitute Service Users (SU). Thenumber of SU using the Food Programme has been very T HE JULY 2011 Meeting took place on Thursday, 28 July 2011 and the Minutes are available for collection from th the Masiandae Centre. There will be no meeting in Augusthigh recently and this has a resulted in us running out of 2011. The August 2011 Meeting is expected to beTea Bags. One of the things we pride ourselves on at the scheduled for 2 p.m. onMasiandae Centre is that it is a social centre for our SU past th Thursday, 29 Septemberand present, to meet and greet in a safe haven. We should 2011 at the Masiandaetherefore be most grateful for donations of the following: Centre. All volunteers are Tea Bags cordially invited to attend. Mens Shower Gels and Body Sprays 2011 is the 60th Anniversary of the UN Refugee ConventionC OLLECTION OR DELIVERY? If anyone has things to donate then do please bring them to the MasiandaeCentre in Whimple Street. Alternatively, contact Geoff – http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49da0e466.htmldetails at the foot of the page – and he will arrange collection. To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 2 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  3. 3. SUMMER IS HERE We would like to thank all those who have attended the Cultural Kitchen over the past year. BUT WINTER IS APPROACHING! An article by Trish BAXTER Regards DCRS Lead Project Support Worker Janet, Isaac & Susie START Management TeamS TAFF ARE CONSTANTLY challenged by those Service Users who have been evicted from supported housingafter receiving a decision on their legal claim to protection Students & Refugees Together Unit 4 HQ Building Tel: (01752) 255 200 237 Union Street Fax: (01752) 668 826in the UK. Plymouth, PL1 3HQFor all refugees, the housing shortage means that they may Email: isaac@studentsandrefugeestogether.comhave no ready provision for some weeks or months but are Website: www.studentsandrefugeestogether.comnot entitled to continue in the residence after 28 days ofthat decision. Becoming homeless and without financialsupport is a common experience that plunges a person intodifficult and challenging times. D CFA on FACEBOOK. AS A RESULT of the information learned at the On-line Marketing Training Day mentioned on the previousFor a number, the experience is devastating and can cause a page, it became apparent that DCFArenewed sense of trauma, we would seek to alleviate, with should be promoting itself on Facebook,your help. Twitter and other internet sites. DCFAThere are a number of local individuals and groups who now has its very own Facebook Page.have shown an equal concern for these destitute people Please click on that link and when you getand as we plan for the coming weeks and months it is there do please click on LIKE! You will findurgent that we discuss the possible solutions that may be a the LIKE link in the column to the right ofremedy to this problem. the page. This will help us on our way!If you are interested in coming to discuss these matters We also have a “Friends of DCFA” group at Facebook andwith others at the beginning of September, please get in we cordially welcome you to join us there. Please find thetouch. link to the group on the DCFA Facebook page. Thanks!We will announce a venue and date when we can confirmthis in our next newsletter. DOES YOUR ORGANISATION PROVIDE FREE MEALS OR FOOD PARCELS? THANK YOU! If your organisation would benefit from receiving Written by Liz HARDINGE free food produce then please go on-line to DCFA at DCRS Trustee & Personnel Coordinator (Staff & Volunteers) http://dcfa.webs.com , download the Application Form & Wish List,A BIG THANK you to Eustache HABURUREMYI who left our volunteer team at the end of June 2011 when hereturned to Belgium. Eustache was here to improve his complete the details and submit it to Geoff (details at the foot of the page).English and was a regular volunteer during the few monthshe was in Plymouth. We really enjoyedhaving him with us and appreciated hiswillingness to do whatever was needed. F AILED STATES INDEX 2011. This index was published by st the FP (the Foreign Policy magazine) on Friday, 1 July 2011:We will miss his smiley face and wish himwell in his future career in law. OTHER NEWS & EVENTS Compiled by Geoffrey N. Read DCRS Newsletter Editor DISCLAIMER Please note that the views and opinions expressed in this section are not necessarily those held by the DCRS Board of Trustees nor anyone connected to DCRS. Failed State: A state having little or no governance, endemic corruption, profiteering by ruling elites, very poorT HE CULTURAL KITCHEN is having a break for August 2011 and Ramadan, and will start again in September.The dates of future Cultural Kitchens for your diary are: Human Rights, the government cannot / will not protect the population from others or itself, massive internal conflict, forced internal / external displacement, th rd Friday, 9 and 23 September institutionalised political exclusion of significant numbers th st Friday, 7 and 21 October of the population, progressive deterioration of welfare th th Friday, 4 and 18 November infrastructure (hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses) not nd th Friday, 2 and 16 December adequate to meet health, needs, progressive economic th th Friday, 13 and 27 January 2012 decline of the country as a whole as measured by per capita th th Friday, 10 and 24 February 2012 income, debt, severe child mortality rates, poverty levels. To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 3 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  4. 4. Worst 20 Countries: The charity received £15million a year to pay for lawyers and Somalia, legal advice for 27,000 migrants trying to stay in the country. Chad, Guinea, The Immigration Advisory Service homepage on its website Sudan, Pakistan, advises would-be users that it is in administration. Democratic Republic Congo, Yemen, But an internal audit revealed hundreds of cases where Haiti, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, funding went to ineligible applicants. Níger, Afghanistan, Kenya, Auditors were shocked to discover that in other cases there Central African Republic, Burundi, was no paperwork to show money was properly spent. Iraq, Burma, The charity’s bosses also said some recipients had claimed Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, money ‘in error’ because of complex Government rules. Ethiopia. One successful asylum claimant was granted funding toClick here to read more. which he was not entitled to help bring his family into the country.IMMIGRATION ADVISORY Service (IAS) goes into Administration. This information was broadcast by the th BBC on Monday, 11 July 2011: However, there is no suggestion of any deliberate fraud. Critics said the revelations showed tighter checks were needed.The IAS, which employs 200 people, has closed its branches Sir Andrew GREEN, Chairman of the think-tankacross the UK. Migrationwatch UK, said: ‘This is a shocking abuse ofOne employee told the BBC that staff taxpayers’ money. Huge sums of public money have beenhad been told to clear their desks and given to the asylum and immigration industry – tens ofthat administrators were already in millions every year.the central headquarters in London. ‘It is time that the controls on that expenditure wereThe free service is one of the leading charities giving legal tightened up to prevent the taxpayer being taken to theadvice and representation to immigrants and asylum cleaners again.’seekers in the UK.BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny SHAW says the Responsibility: Damian GREEN, Minister ofreasons why the charity is in administration are unclear, State for Borders & Immigration. →but cuts to the legal aid budget and to fees for doing The IAS was the largest legal immigrationlegally-funded work are thought to be contributory factors. charity in the UK and funded 13,000 asylumAlternative Advice and 14,000 immigration cases last year. ItThe Legal Services Commission (LSC), which runs the Legal had more than 300 staff in 14 offices acrossAid Scheme in England and Wales, said the IASs decision to the country.go into administration was "theirs alone". It raised £500,000 annually from clients and donations, butA spokesman said: "During recent stewardship activities most of its spending last year came in a £15million grantLSC raised concerns around financial management and claims from the Legal Services Commission, a Ministry of Justiceirregularities which prompted IAS trustees to conclude that quango.the organisation was no longer financially viable. IAS bosses pulled the plug last week after failing to agree"Our priority now is to work closely with IAS and the how to repay the money. They said they had ‘noadministrators to ensure clients of IAS continue to get the alternative’, blaming Ministry of Justice cuts to legal aidhelp they need, whilst safeguarding public money. funding."We are now identifying alternative advice provision in the To read more on this topic please go to this link.areas affected and arrangements for case transfer willfollow as soon as possible."Click HERE for further information and related stories. P LYMOUTH TINSIDE LIDO. The following information is especially brought to the attention of our Service UsersAnd please click on this link if you would like to see a BBCNews Video regarding the Closure of the Bristol Offices. because the use of this facility is free!M ILLIONS IN LEGAL Aid for Asylum Seekers was Misspent by Collapsed Immigration Charity.This article was published in the Daily Mail by Jack Doyle on Opening dates and times for 2011: th Open until Sunday, to 18 September: thTuesday, 12 July 2011.  Mondays to Fridays: 12 noon to 6 p.m. (until th Saturday, 4 September the pool opens at 10 a.m.).Millions of pounds in legal aid for immigrants andasylum seekers was misspent by a Government-backed  Weekends: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.charity, it emerged last night.  Late swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays untilThe Immigration Advisory Service has collapsed into st 7 p.m. until Thursday, 1 September:administration after auditors uncovered the financialirregularities. Please note: Opening of the pool is weather-dependant. To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 4 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  5. 5. Admission prices: No alcohol is allowed and children must be supervised byAdmission to Tinside Lido is free. During busy periods, sessions adults at all times.will be introduced. There is very little shade on poolside so it is advisable to bring sunscreen and hats.How long can I stay?During busy times a session system will be in use which may For further information please click on this link.limit the swim to two hours.Can unaccompanied children visit the lido?All children under eight years old must be supervised in the R EFUGEE WEEK 2011: Different pasts, shared future! This is a report from the national Refugee Week website:water by a responsible adult (aged 16 years or over). Refugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover andNo more than two children per adult or one child under five celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK.per adult are allowed. Thank you everyone for makingIs there access for people with a disability? this years Refugee Week aA new lift to enable disabled people to access the lido is now success. A lot of exciting eventsavailable. happened all across the country.A hoist into the pool is also available. We shall be posting some images on the site from different events.Can I hire a sun lounger? If you organised an event andThere are a limited number of sun loungers and deckchairs to would like to share some of your pictures with us pleaseuse on a first-come-first-served basis free-of-charge. email them to us and we shall try to have them on the siteAre there lifeguards? at some point. You can also share photos with us via FacebookThe Council employs a team qualified lifeguards to help www.facebook.com/RefugeeWeekensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to the lido. Were still collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over theAre picnics allowed? last 60 years. If you have any interesting stories orFood is allowed into the complex, but glass bottles and alcohol photographs on this subject to share, wed very much likearent allowed. to hear from you!There are vending machines with sweets and drinks and Join us on Twitter and Facebook via the links below!limited poolside catering. http://twitter.com/RefugeeWeekAre pets allowed? www.facebook.com/RefugeeWeekNo pets are allowed with the exception of guide dogs.Where can I park?Parking is limited nearby. S QUATTERS RIGHTS LAW That Grants Illegal Immigrants Right to Stay After 14 Years To Be Scrapped. This article was published in the Daily Mail by David Wilkes onThe nearest car parks are in Pier Street, Lambhay Hill and the th Monday, 18 July 2011.city centre.There is some on road (meter) parking on the surrounding A rule which rewarded immigrants withroads. the right to stay in the UK after living here illegally for 14 years is to be scrapped.What differences will I notice between when the lido closed The ‘Squatters’ Rights’ law, passed byin 1992 and now? Labour in 2003, allowed thousands ofWhile the Lido has been restored as closely as possible to its migrants to live here permanently, workoriginal form, the operation has changed slightly. and claim benefits simply because theyYou no longer need to wear swim hats! In line with modern escaped detection for so long.practice, there is now one mixed changing room with cubicles Up to 2,000 visa over-stayers, failedso families can change together. asylum seekers and illegal entrantsThe former male changing rooms on the first floor are to be exploited the loophole every year and Determined:converted into a restaurant. were granted permanent residency. ImmigrationAre there any water features? Other beneficiaries were illegal workers minister Damian GREENThe original water features have been restored with some employed in the black economy who havemodifications. never paid tax or national insurance.The central fountain has a mushroom effect as well as a jet. Critics branded the law a ‘slow motion amnesty’.The two edge fountains are smaller with water coming from a Worryingly, the numbers taking advantage have increasedround grille. by 120% since its first full year in operation. Now Home Office ministers are set to abolish the law... toWhat can I buy at the lido? ensure migrants who do not play by the rules are not givenThere are vending machines with sweets and drinks. the ‘privilege’ of settlement.How safe is it? Immigration Minister Damian GREEN said: ‘I amThere are qualified lifeguards on duty at all times who are also determined to take steps to close the loopholes that havetrained in first aid. been exploited for too long.’ To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 5 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  6. 6. 1‘The right to a family life is not absolute and the interests of The IRRs firs investigation, part of an ongoing examinationthe British public must be taken into consideration when of the changing characteristics of racial violencedeciding who can enter and remain in the UK. throughout the UK, is based on detailed research into the‘Those who enter the country illegally or overstay their visa history and political economy of Plymouth. It draws onshould not be automatically rewarded with the privilege of interviews with key individuals working on issues relatingsettlement just because they have avoided detection for to racism and racial equality in the city and isyears.’ supplemented by statistical data and information.There are fears the numbers taking advantage of the law 2 According to the reports author, Dr. Jon BURNETT , Thiscould spiral in coming years as thousands of illegal migrants research emphasises the ways in which specific patterns ofwho arrived in the last decade apply for permanent racism are becoming entrenched in smaller cities within theresidency. UK. It shows how forms of racism fostered by nationalIn 2003 the law was changed to allow anyone living here policies and practices are re-interpreted and manifestedillegally for 14 years or more to apply for indefinite leave to through the prism of specific local contexts. As these newremain. geographies of racism emerge, there needs to be an Left: emergence of new anti-racist strategies which both Fears: The numbers taking understand and adapt to these local realities. advantage of the law could spiral in coming years as The research highlights how, within Plymouth: thousands of illegal migrants who arrived in the  Historically, there has been a comparatively small last decade apply for Black Minority Ethnic (BME) population. However, permanent residency. the demography of the city has changed significantly over the last decade. CertainSince then a total of 8,948 illegal migrants have taken communities have been left isolated andadvantage of the failures of the immigration system to vulnerable to racist attacks. There have beenremove them to stay. vicious attacks against asylum seekers, studentsThe year after the law was introduced just 781 illegal from BME communities, Gypsies and Travellersmigrants used it but by 2009 the number increased to and workers within particular sectors such as2,061. Last year the total was 1,774. catering and mini-cabbing.Once their application has been approved, the immigrantwill be able to claim the same benefits as Britons... and is  The decline of the dockyards has devastated theeligible to apply for citizenship and a UK passport. local economy and underpinned persistentEach application is decided on the basis of the applicants inequalities within the city. Particular wards are‘good character’ and knowledge of the UK. classed as some of the poorest areas in theOfficial estimates put the number of illegal immigrants in country and the current economic climate, as wellthe country at up to 570,000. However unofficial as the political responses to this, has the potentialcalculations put the total as high as 870,000. to entrench these inequalities further.In opposition, the Tories branded the rule ‘disturbing’, and  There is an intrinsic, historical, naval infrastructurecriticised it for ‘rewarding illegal behaviour’. and despite the decline of the dockyards the cityIn its document on proposed changes to family immigration still has active naval and military barracks. Far-published last week the Home Office said: ‘Those who wish right groups have attempted to mobilise locally byto settle in the UK on the grounds of private or family life capitalising on the issues raised by the war-footingshould be up-front about their intentions and make an which the UK has been on over recent years.appropriate application to the UK Border Agency.‘Settlement in the UK is a privilege. It should not beachieved simply by evading our detection for a number ofyears.For more information please click on this link. 1 This briefing on Plymouth is the first of three investigations into areas which have experienced increased levels of racistT HE NEW GEOGRAPHIES 0f Racism: Plymouth. The following Press Release was issued by the Institute of RaceRelations (IRR) on Thursday, 30th June 2011: attacks over recent years. These investigations will explore new geographies of racism which are emerging within the UK and will culminate in a report, drawing together findings from each of the areas, in a report later this year. This project developed fromResearch published today by the IRR a briefing paper published by the IRR in 2010 entitled Racialinvestigates how geographies of racism violence: the buried issue (download here).throughout the UK are changing in a Read the IRRs research, The new geographies of racism:wider climate of economic austerity, Plymouth here (PDF file, 198kb).shifting patterns of migration and 2settlement and against the backdrop of Dr. Jon BURNETT is a researcher at the IRR working on a three-new forms of racism exacerbated by national policies. year-project on racial violence in the UK. To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 6 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  7. 7.  There has been a lack of local and national political  Each host home will be asked to have two volunteers, one will to address the causes and manifestations of from Nepal and one from another part of the UK. racist attacks, with a commitment to projects aimed  As far as possible, live-in volunteers will be of the same at fostering community cohesion diverting focus gender and will therefore only need one bedroom as theyll away from racial violence. At the same time, the be expected to share. current economic climate has forced certain key  Volunteers must not share a bed and we can provide an agencies providing support services to close. extra camp bed for the duration of the volunteers stay. The official response to racism has historically  Ideally volunteers will live in the same host home for the been one of denial and the severity of racial duration of their three-month stay, but if you are only able violence has, in the past, consequently been to offer a home for a short time (minimum of two weeks) downplayed. then we would still like to hear from you.To see the full version of this report, please click on this  The most important thing to us is that you’re open to takinglink. For further information please call the IRR on 020 the volunteers in and sharing your life and community with them.7837 0041 or 07753 741 129 or email: jon@irr.org.uk. Host Homes: What you get in return  Previous host homes have said they have benefited from the experience of having guests from a different background and culture staying with them. Z EBRA COLLECTIVE: Host Homes & Volunteer Work It is a great opportunity to learn from the volunteers about their life in Nepal and other parts of the UK. Placements Required. If you havent already heard,Zebra Collective is now the official Plymouth partner of  The current allowance for host homes is £100 per pair weekGlobal Xchange, and we are now embarking on our first (£50 per volunteer).international cultural exchange project.  The allowance aims to cover the extra food, water,Global Xchange is a partnership between VSO UK, The electricity etc. the volunteers will use during their stay.British Council and other partner organisations around theworld. Working directly with the UK Department for Volunteer Work Placements:  Volunteer Work Placement must take place in communityInternational Development (DFID), Global Xchange is part and voluntary organisations.of the pilot year of International Citizen Service (ICS).  Based in Plymouth (including Plympton and Plymstock).In the Autumn we will begin our six-month programmebetween Plymouth and a cluster of villages near Surkhet,  Volunteer’s work on placement 3 – 4 days a week.Nepal. Ten volunteers from the UK and ten from Nepal, allaged between 18 and 22, will spend three months in  Each organisation will be asked to have two volunteers, one from Nepal and one from another part of the UK for threeSurkhet then three months in Plymouth, living, working and months.learning in these communities.  The volunteers will be working in the organisation around a theme which is likely to be Health & Well-being, forThe volunteers will live with host families in Plymouth from example:January to April 2012 (13 weeks), and the Zebra Collective Sexual health promotion,is now looking for expressions of interest from people Mental health awareness Campaigns, Befriending services, Alcohol abuse,willing to be hosts. We are also looking for Volunteer Work Fitness projects... cycle to work schemes,Placements throughout the city. In both cases a UK community integration services etc.volunteer and a Nepalese volunteer will be placed  We are also looking for organisations who contribute to atogether, to live and work as partners. wider variety of Plymouth’s development for one-off projects or events such as the volunteer’s CommunityThere will be two Programme Supervisors living and Action Days (CAD).working in your community who are responsible formembers of the team throughout the exchange and are Expressions of Interests for Host Homes & Volunteer Workavailable to provide support to host homes and Volunteer Placements. If you are interested in being a host family orWork Placements. They will visit host homes and volunteer a volunteer placement for two volunteers please contact:placements regularly. The UK Programme Supervisor is Liza PACKER,Marc GARDINER of the Zebra Collective. Programme OrganiserHost Homes: What you need to know. liza@zebra.coop You will need to live in Plymouth or within the travel to Tel: (01752) 847442 or (01752) 395131 work area. It’s important that the volunteers can easily get to their work placements so there must be a regular bus Once you confirm your interest a Programme Supervisor route into the city. will arrange to meet you and you can talk through what’s involved with them. There’s no obligation to commit! Eligible areas are Plymouth (including Plympton and Plymstock), Torpoint and Saltash. To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 7 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.
  8. 8. Wednesday, 24 th August 2011 DIARY DATES Written by Geoffrey N. READ Khordad Sal (Shenshai) (Zoroastrian). DCRS Newsletter Editor The birthday of Zoroaster, celebrated on this date in the Shenshai calendar.All the dates are shown using the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Thecalendar is accurate, but some dates may vary regionally because they Tuesday, 30th August 2011are determined by the lunar calendar. Jewish festivals usually begin at Eid-Ul-Fitr (Muslim).sundown on the previous day. The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting andIf you have access to the internet, just click on the faith links for thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.further information. Thursday, 8 th September 2011 stMonday, 1 August 2011 Nativity of the Theotokos (Christian).Lughnasadh - Lammas (Pagan). Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.A harvest festival and one of the Pagan festivals of Celtic origin Birthday of the Blessed V irgin Mary (Christian).which split the year into four. Roman Catholics celebrate the birth of the V irgin Mary.Ramadan (start) (Muslim) Feast of the Birth of Mary (Christian).Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches celebrate the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus.Saturday, 6 th August 2011Transfiguration (Christian). Sunday, 11 th September 2011Orthodox Christian feast commemorating the sudden emanation of Ethiopian New Year (Rastafari).radiance from the person of Jesus that occurred on the mountain. The start of the New Year in Ethiopia is recognised because Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and aTuesday, 9 th August 2011 place to which they want to return.T isha BAv (Jewish)A solemn day that commemorates a series of tragedies that have Friday, 23 rd September 2011befallen the Jewish people over the years, many of which have Autumn Equinox (Pagan)coincidentally happened on this day. This day is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration.Saturday, 13 th August 2011 Wednesday, 28 th September 2011Raksha Bandhan (Hindu). Navaratri (start) (Hindu).Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood Navaratri (nine nights) symbolises the triumph of good over evil andand love. marks the start of autumn.Raksha Bandhan means a thread for protection. Thursday, 29 th September 2011Monday, 15 th August 2011 Michaelmas / St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphaels DayDormition of the Theotokos (Christian). (Christian).An Orthodox festival that commemorates the death, resurrection, A feast day in honour of the archangel Michael.and glorification of Christs mother. Michael is one of the angels named in the Bible (along with GabrielDormition means falling asleep. and, in some traditions including Roman Catholic, Raphael. )Assumption of the Blessed V irgin Mary (Christian) Rosh Hashanah (first day) (Jewish).A largely Roman Catholic festival celebrating their belief that Mary, Jewish New Year.the mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul into heaven. A two-day festival during which work is not permitted.Wednesday, 17 th August 2011Birthday of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari).Commemorates the birthday of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaicanpolitician born in 1887 who predicted the crowning of a King inAfrica, and instigated the Back to Africa movement. THIS SPACEFriday, 19 th August 2011 COULD HAVE BEEN USEDJamshedi Noruz (Shenshai) (Zoroastrian).Zoroastrian New Years Day in the Shenshai calendar. TO PLACEMonday, 22 nd August 2011Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti (Hindu). YOUR NOTICE!The Janamashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the mosthighly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon. Why not contact the Editor? To contact Geoff READ, the Newsletter Editor, please call 07745819828 (text only) or (01752) 563800. 8 Alternatively email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk. For the contact details of DCRS, please see the top of Page 1.

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