A member-led charity, Crossings works across Newcastle.  It was set up in 2011 by a group of people involved in and/or working with asylum seekers and refugees, to provide opportunities and access to singing, learning and performing music.  Crossings operates as a community of people united by music, and offers a variety of weekly music-based activities.  These include a women and children’s choir, structured music lessons, band practice and a visual arts and crafts group.  It also runs workshops and a training programme in schools and in the local community which raise awareness and understanding about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

Funding from the Foundation in October 2014 went towards encouraging participation.  Specifically, a grant of £4,000 is contributing towards travel costs of members over a two-year period, to enable them to attend sessions.  It also covers some general costs including volunteer checks, refreshments etc.

Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales

WSSAG provides a safe, supporting and empowering environment for female asylum seekers and refugees in Cardiff.  It runs a fortnightly drop-in where women can meet, talk together, and offer support.  Members work together to seek solutions to their problems, overcome helplessness and isolation, tackle the trauma they have faced and turn their lives around.  The group campaigns on women’s asylum issues and is committed to empower refugee women to have control over their own lives, to have control of their own destiny and to advocate on their own behalf.

The Foundation awarded £2,000 pa for two years to the general running costs of this organisation in February 2014.