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Mears Group, Urban House and Covid 19

Mears Group, Urban House and Covid 19

4 months ago, a woman at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield asked “How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?” Another feared “coronavirus spreading in this crowded place”. We…
Charity So White

Charity So White

The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted what we’ve known for years: racism is embedded in every aspect of our society and its history. It isn’t limited to the hostile environment policy or violent racist…
Support Urban House residents

Support Urban House residents

Asylum residents at Urban House need your support. Urban House is an Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield. Like other asylum accommodation in our region it is run by Mears Group as part of a £1.15 billion contract. Before…
Rats in the Kitchen, Sodden Carpets: Mears Group Asylum Housing

Rats in the Kitchen, Sodden Carpets: Mears Group Asylum Housing

Mears Group took over asylum housing provision in Yorkshire from G4S this year. “It can’t get any worse” was the reaction of many asylum tenants. Were they wrong? John Grayson looks at life for an asylum…
SYMAAG Annual General Meeting Tuesday 25th June

SYMAAG Annual General Meeting Tuesday 25th June

Reflect on the past and plan for the future! We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Nita Sanghera. Nita is Vice President of the University and College Union (UCU). She will talk about racism, being…
“Welcome to Sheffield” book discussion November 26

“Welcome to Sheffield” book discussion November 26

SYMAAG founding member and local author David Price will talk about his latest book, “Welcome to Sheffield – A Migration History” November 26th 7-9pm at The Sanctuary 37-39 Chapel Walk Sheffield S1 2PD Some of…
Asylum Journey Sheffield

Asylum Journey Sheffield

Asylum Journey Sheffield website has information about services and resources for asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield. Created by Sheffugees it is a comprehensive and easily searchable resource for people at each stage of the asylum…
Who Supports Asylum and Migrant Rights?

Who Supports Asylum and Migrant Rights?

The General Election on June 8th gives us the chance to support parties and candidates in South Yorkshire who stand for asylum and migrant rights. We’ll be helping you decide who they are by holding…
Jaber Abdullah: how I set up a refugee football team in Barnsley

Jaber Abdullah: how I set up a refugee football team in Barnsley

Barnsley, like other northern ex-industrial towns, is often stereotyped as racist and hostile to refugees. Refugees, including SYMAAG members, do experience some wariness, hostility and racism from some in a town still struggling to recover…
“We could not just walk by”: eyewitness report from migrant border camp

“We could not just walk by”: eyewitness report from migrant border camp

by John Dunn, ex-coal miner and striker during the 1984/85 miners strike and member of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign “Just back from a week in the South of France, staying in Menton, a…