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Newcastle City Council libraries recognised for asylum seeker support

Newcastle Libraries has been named a Library of Sanctuary in response to the work it does to help recently arrived refugees integrate into the community, becoming the first public libraries services in the North East to receive the title.

The council’s libraries and community hubs offer migrants free internet, information, access to local and national government services and signpost to other helpful agencies.

As well as this, they 
promote local support organisations and opportunities to join in their activities.

Commenting, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Councillor Joyce McCarty said:

“For many years Newcastle has been recognised as a City of Sanctuary, proudly providing support and opportunities for people fleeing wars, persecution and other horrors across the world.

“We’re proud to be able to offer a safe place for people to start a new life and a welcoming community that embraces them and helps people settle into their new homes.

“The work of Newcastle Libraries is essential to achieving this as it helps families integrate into the city, find services that can support them and makes them feel welcome in our great city.

To be recognised as a Library of Sanctuary is an incredible achievement and it further highlights our city’s commitment to helping people rebuild their lives.”

Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Public Engagement, Councillor Irim Ali added:

“It is almost impossible for many of us to imagine the difficulty people go through when it comes to starting a new life in a different country, leaving behind their homes in the most devastating of circumstances.

“That asylum seekers know Newcastle Libraries offer a safe space and the support required to settle into their new surroundings in Newcastle is a source of tremendous pride and it is an honour to accept this award during national Refugee Week.

“The efforts of our officers help to bring communities and cultures together in our city, they make people feel welcome and included and highlight the difficulties people go through.”

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