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Information event 12 March 2024 6-7.45pm

Venue: Diss Methodist Church, Victoria Road, IP22 4EY
(Free parking in Chapel St Carpark, IP22 4AN)

Meet for pre-event drinks from 5.40pm on

Diss Town of Sanctuary

We are excited to present our project of Diss becoming a Town of Sanctuary. Click here if you want to find out more on what a City or a Town of Sanctuary is:

Since last November a small task group has worked with the Norwich City of Sanctuary team to begin the admission of Diss into this exciting movement.

We are inviting you to this event because … we need you!

We need your skills, connections, and knowledge to help us contact and create the network that will expand the culture of welcome and sanctuary in Diss. Support and faith groups, charities, libraries, schools, businesses, authorities, leisure, and sports organisations and many more will all become involved.

Diss is already a welcoming place of refuge for many in need and now we have a platform to bring together all the wonderful work being done and link in new organisations to help Diss become a recognised Town of Sanctuary.

This is an exciting time for Diss and we hope you will join us on the journey.
● The process will involve many individuals and groups throughout the local area
● There is huge support, information, and expertise available from towns and cities already part of the movement
● Whether you have a lot or a little time, there is much you can contribute
● We need a wide range of skills and local connections

Programme for the evening

6:00 Welcome and Introduction (Hervé Cachelin)
6:10 Norwich City of Sanctuary Awards (Gail Arnold)
6:20 My Family’s Experience of being Refugees (Teri Lockton)
6:30 Our Libraries Support for Refugees (Kath Griffiths – Locality Manager, Norfolk Libraries and Information Service and Chair of Norwich City of Sanctuary
6:40 How Norwich City of Sanctuary Works (Marie-Lyse Numohozs – Norwich Faith Stream Lead)
6:50 Current Support Activity in Diss (Cathy Upton Browning – Organiser of the Diss International Friendship Group)
7:00 Break-out Group Discussions Exploring Next Steps for Diss (Chris Liggett/All)
7:45 Wrap up and Close (Phil Thirkettle)

Please let us know if you are coming by writing to: [email protected]