National Justice and Peace Networking Day – 24 September 2022

Welcoming the Stranger in a Hostile Environment

We are pleased to say that we will be hosting the National Justice and Peace Network networking day on Saturday 24 September at the Quaker Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington (10.30am – 4.00pm). This will be great opportunity to connect with Justice and Peace members from across the country.

There will be speakers from:

Asylum Matters, The Justice and Peace Refugee Project, Tyne & Wear Citizens, Darlington Assistance for Refugees, ‘No to Hassockfield’ Campaign and prayer supporters of the women detained in the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre

Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Parking is available at St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Larchfield Street, DL3 7NB.

The event is free, but please book your attendance on Eventbrite by clicking on this link.

Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

We continue to hold monthly prayer vigils outside the barrier to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre. The purpose is to pray for the women who are detained there, to stand in solidarity with them and to witness by our presence that their detention is inhumane, unjust and incompatible with our faith which calls us to recognise the unique dignity of each person. All are welcome to come along to a short prayer service which incorporates a time of silence.

The postcode for the Centre on Corbridge Road, Medomsley is DH8 6QY. If you are unable to join in person, please join in prayer from home at 3.00pm. Future dates planned are Sundays; 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 4 December.

Visit the Justice and Peace webpage where you will find more details, including an online version of the prayer vigil (view here), or email Liz Archibald: lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com.