Launch of JRS-UK's new website
To coincide with JRS International’s 35th anniversary this week, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has launched its new website. Built around JRS’s three principles of Advocate, Serve and Accompany, the new site is designed to provide an opportunity for refugees and volunteers to share their personal stories and experiences, thereby giving supporters an interactive resource through which they can learn directly from people involved with JRS – and can take appropriate action.
“We hope it will provide a stronger platform to advocate for the dignity and protection of refugees and forced migrants,” explains Kate Monkhouse from JRS-UK. “It will highlight our work to improve the conditions in which refugees and forced migrants find themselves in the UK.”
Communities of hospitality
Linked closely to the new website, JRS-UK will continue to share stories and reflections from its daily work of accompanying asylum seekers on its blog and will still publish its newsletter three times a year. Supporters who asked to receive the JRS-UK newsletter by e-mail will also receive more regular news updates.
“Please sign up if you would like to receive both of these to keep in touch with ways to help the refugees we serve,” says Kate. “There will also be new resources for groups, schools and parishes in the New Year. Before then, have a look at ‘how you can help’ where we will tell you more about a new campaign for communities of hospitality in 2016.”
Right: Pope Francis welcomes JRS staff and supporters to the Vatican, 14 November 2015 (L'Osservatore Romano)