BEACON’s Walk For Justice 2017
As part of Refugee Week 2017, BEACON held our annual Walk for Justice on Wednesday 21st June – a day which started overcast but ended up being the hottest of the year!
The walk began at 9.30am in Centenary Square, Bradford, where the 25 walkers were greeted and sent on their way by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Abid Hussain. A stop off for refreshments at Thornbury Methodist Church, across the road from Phoenix House, the Tribunal Hearing Centre, then on to a lunch stop by the canal at Rodley (with thanks to the staff at the Rodley Barge for the use of their toilets!) A pleasant walk along the canal took us to our finishing point, this year at Kirkstall Abbey.
This year our theme was access to justice: many asylum seekers are refused legal aid and are required to face the legal system alone. Our McKenzie Friends volunteers support those with an appeal at the tribunal and wishing to make a new claim for asylum. We do not give legal advice but we offer practical and emotional support and stand alongside those who would otherwise face the system alone.
By taking part in this sponsored walk we are seeking to highlight the injustices in the asylum system which BEACON addresses: the destitution of refused asylum seekers (Hosting Project), difficulties in accessing legal aid and support at the Asylum Tribunals (CHAT and McKenzie Friends) and limited access to English teaching provision (CHAT).
It was also an opportunity to raise money for BEACON’s work with asylum seekers and refugees in the Bradford area.
Cheques can be made payable to BEACON, or donate online. Your support is greatly appreciated.