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Samsoudini Abdou Moussa (Shams)

Shams has been advocating nationwide on behalf of people seeking sanctuary in the UK. He is the Co-Chair of Tees Valley of Sanctuary, Sanctuary in Politics graduate and a City of Sanctuary Ambassador. He is Member of the Regional Refugee Forum (North East) and a member of Doctors of The World Advisory group. Shams is also a Volunteer Assistant for the in the North East for the British Red Cross and a member of the UK Voices Networks group.

Living in Darlington he volunteers with the local Community Centre Firthmoor, the local Refugee and Asylum Seekers support Darlington Assistance for Refugees (DAR). Shams Is a Member of More In Common Darlington and The Unity Group of Darlington working with the Constabulary of Durham to make his community safer. During the pandemic, Shams has used his skills to better the life of many local families by taking donation of old digital devices which he then fixes and passes on to local families, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Shams is a clear believer that:

“When we come together we will always prevail, no matter what the challenges we face. It easy to love and share the love as hate consumes, when loves comes natural to the heart.”

Alice Mpofu-Coles

Alice is currently finishing her PhD on Identity and Transnational activities for young immigrants in the UK. For over 15 years she volunteered at the Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) both as vice-chair and chair including being involved in the Gruntivig Women’s Project – Women Refugees Learning together in Europe. She is currently a trustee of the Reading City of Sanctuary and Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) and a specialist Ambassador for Global Female Wave of Change. She is also involved in Universities of Sanctuaries in the UK supporting them with accessing for awards. She also advocates and portrays a more positive image of refugees, BAME people by participating in numerous projects. She has done BBC television documentary and interviews on refugees’ plight, poverty, women and speaks at events and conferences. She furthers her activism by writing, actively involved with different human rights organisations, democracy, education and poverty. Alice was given the most inspirational refugee women Driver award in 2020. She nominated the Reading Refugee Support Group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and this was awarded in 2019 receiving it from the Queen’s representative, Sheriff of Berkshire. She was given an Honorary Masters of Universities by the Open University in 2013 at Poole’s ceremony for her services to refugees, communities, education, and civil services


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