Over the last 20 years, the Links Project, which is supported by Hastings Borough Council, has been working with immigrants and asylum seekers. This year national refugee week (18 – 24 June 2018) celebrated acts of welcome shown to refugees by individuals and communities across the UK and Europe.

The theme for this year was “Step up and stand with refugees”. The Mayor of Hastings, councillor Nigel Sinden said: “Today is a celebration. A celebration of the contributions from all refugees in our society but also a day where we can learn and understand more about why people take refuge and educate others here in Hastings about these reasons…and this sharing of different cultures makes Hastings a more vibrant, exciting, caring, diverse, tolerant and colourful place to live…[I am] proud to be part of flying the banner of ‘one Hastings, many voices’.“

Marc Turczanski, Links Project coordinator added: “We have met some incredibly vulnerable but brave people, often who first arrive here with only the clothes they have travelled in, little English and limited understanding of life in the UK…Our aim has always been to make them feel welcome and that our project is a safe space for them.
We have also seen some incredible acts of kindness, generosity and acceptance by the people of Hastings, some of whom only have a small amount to give themselves.”

The Links Project is a multi-agency support and advice project for asylum seekers, refugees and new migrant communities living in East Sussex. It runs a drop in
on Wednesday each week from 10.30am – 4pm at Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards and also provides telephone support during the rest of the week.

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