BISHOP CHRISTINE RAISES OVER £4K FOR WERS!

Bishop Christine ran the Great North Run for WERS and raised a whopping £4,339! The total is still going up! Sporting a purple t-shirt as befits a Bishop, Bishop Christine enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and friendly greetings from passers-by as she completed the gruelling half-marathon.

Lindsay Cross, WERS Director, says:

‘‘WERS has the greatest respect for anyone who can run 13½ miles! Bishop Christine has raised a staggering amount of money and given hope to the many asylum seekers and refugees who come to WERS for support.  A huge thank you to Bishop Christine and all those who have so generously supported her run!

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WERS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

EVERYONE VERY WELCOME!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 6pm

Westgate Baptist Church, 366 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

NE4 6NX

Tea, coffee and cake available from 5.30pm

Guest speaker:  Professor Brian Ward

‘The Winding Road to Freedom City 2017: Cultures of Welcome on Tyneside From Slavery to City of Sanctuary’

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WERS RAFFLE WINNERS!

Congratulations to all of those who won prizes. A full list of winning ticket numbers is below. We will contact you shortly to arrange collection of prizes if we have not already done so.
Many thanks to everyone who supported us and purchased/ sold raffle tickets. We raised £1235 for our hardship fund to support our destitute clients.
raffle-list-of-ticket-winners

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WERS Independent Evaluation

West End Refugee Service (WERS) has been delivering services to asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle for more than 16 years. In 2015-2016 WERS supported more clients than ever before – 520 from 52 different countries of origin.

WERS is always seeking to maximise the effectiveness of the services it offers to clients so this summer, in addition to WERS’ ongoing evaluation processes, we decided to commission an independent evaluation.

Over a period of several weeks, Burge Surtees Associates spent time at WERS talking to clients, volunteers and staff in addition to carrying out a large-scale survey. Although the evaluation did not cover all of WERS’ activities, the resulting report is playing an important part in our current strategic planning.

WERS is very proud of the many positive and affirming findings within the report both from the clients:

‘The actions and support of WERS through very difficult situations. And standing up for us. These are the things that really transform a person’s life.

‘WERS stepped in to support the family. Without WERS I don’t want to imagine what my life would have been like. I was psychologically a mess at the loss of my husband. WERS stepped in and give me the support I need.’

And the evaluators:

‘No other relevant service in the region carries the same qualities of experience, skills and sensitive approach. It is a class act.’

‘Exhibiting remarkable high qualities of service, that charity is well-governed and directed, as it has been since inception over sixteen years ago.’

WERS also welcomes the challenge of responding to the report’s suggestions and recommendations for improvement and we have already used them as the basis for a half-day planning workshop for the staff team and trustees.

Here are links to both the full report and the summary:

WERS Independent Evaluation

WERS Independent Evaluation – Executive Summary

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