Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome.
JRS UK accompanies refugees and forced migrants, our brothers and sisters, serving them as companions and advocating their cause in an uncaring world. We have a particular concern for those who are detained under the immigration rules or who are left destitute in the UK. This work is carried out in the spirit of mutual respect, dignity and solidarity with the refugees and forced migrants, and in collaboration with other organisations.
The goals of JRS UK are threefold:
- to work towards the dignity of refugees and forced migrants
- to improve the conditions such people find themselves in
- to advocate for a values-based approach to the UK’s obligations of meeting the protection needs of refugees and forced migrants.
With the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping as its base, JRS UK provides a weekly Day Centre for 120 plus regular attendees as well as a safe place to welcome and support 200 destitute asylum seekers each month; alongside a Day Centre ‘plus’ programme of creative self-expression, stress management and peer support sessions has been created.
Chaplaincy services at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres are provided by JRS. Volunteers provide a vital service of visiting detainees, who otherwise would be without any other visitors. Volunteer pen befrienders provide support to detainees, helping to minimize isolation, while also allowing detainees to practice their written English.
Visit the JRS UK website to keep up to date with JRS UK and ways in which you can support their work.
JRS collaborrated with Pray as you go to produce these reflections for refugee week in 2013...