Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Asylum residents in Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield are living in overcrowded conditions which endanger their lives. For the past two months as Covid-19 has become a pandemic, people in Urban House hostel…
Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

We demand Mears provide free WiFi in all of their housing urgently, so that residents can contact support workers, lawyers, family in other countries, access medical information, education and entertainment. Sign the petition here The Mears…
‘How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?’

‘How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?’

The appalling, overcrowded, unhygienic housing offered to some asylum seekers and their young children is putting them at especial risk of Covid-19. A refusal of insanitary accommodation leads to threats of homelessness. John Grayson of…
Like a prison: discussions with people inside Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre, Wakefield

Like a prison: discussions with people inside Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre, Wakefield

Written by John Grayson ‘We could take this place, which is like a prison, for three or four weeks but not for months and months’ – Barry, a businessman from the Middle East I was…
Is this what we paid £1.15 billion for? Concerns grow over conditions at Urban House

Is this what we paid £1.15 billion for? Concerns grow over conditions at Urban House

Complaints about conditions in Urban House Initial Accommodation in Wakefield have been mounting over the past weeks and months. Dirty toilets and washrooms, overcrowding, very poor food and above all the long wait to be…
Justice for Simba: emergency protest 10am January 27th Vulcan House Sheffield

Justice for Simba: emergency protest 10am January 27th Vulcan House Sheffield

Our friend Simba needs your help. He is gravely ill and in no physical state to leave the house, but tomorrow the Home Office have demanded he attends Vulcan House, the Sheffield Home Office building,…
Don’t Let Them Die in Libya – Sheffield protests 18 January

Don’t Let Them Die in Libya – Sheffield protests 18 January

       Don’t let them die in Libya Sheffield march and demonstration Saturday 18 January 12.30pm Meet bottom of The Moor near Moor Market S1 4PF at 12.30 and march to Sheffield Town Hall…
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…
Justice for Simba – End the Hostile Environment. Sheffield November 20

Justice for Simba – End the Hostile Environment. Sheffield November 20

Simba Mujakachi, his father Victor and many other Zimbabweans living in Sheffield were threatened with deportation earlier this year. A huge campaign successfully defended them, securing the release of Victor and others from Morton Hall…
On the Frontline: Voices of Resistance in the Asylum System

On the Frontline: Voices of Resistance in the Asylum System

John Grayson and Victor Mujakachi look at solidarity, research and actions in Sheffield by people in the asylum system and their supporters. I got out of Morton Hall because I spoke out loud largely through the…