Asylum Link Fundraising Evening

Route to Europe:An Evening of Stories and Music

West Kirby Methodist Church is proud to have hosted “Route to Europe: An Evening of Stories and Music” at 6.30pm on Saturday, 3rd February 2018. 

 Held in association with Asylum Link, the fundraising evening  featured stories told by the manager of Asylum Link Merseyside, Ewan Roberts, music by the Borderline Band, Women Together choir and an interview with an Iranian asylum seeker.   The £6tickets wer for a fish and chip supper and were available by calling the Church office on 0151 625 3224 or Dirk on 07847 739 533.  There was  a collection for Asylum Link during the evening and almost £1500 was raised.

Asylum Link Merseyside is a charitable organisation that mobilises people to offer a compassionate welcome and continuing support to those seeking asylum in Merseyside.  Its aim is to enable asylum seekers and refugees of all faiths and cultures to live in dignity, participating fully in the life of their local communities and contributing to their diversity and enrichment. 

West Kirby Methodist Church’s Community Development Worker, Dirk Uitterdijk, will be performing during the evening with the Borderline Band.  Dirk says, “The Church has been working with Asylum Link Merseyside for many years now, and we are delighted to have presented this event.  Several members of our congregation volunteer with the group each week and see the massive difference that it makes to the lives of its users.”

Asylum Link Merseyside grew out of Kensington Welcome, an informal organisation of be-frienders based in Kensington, which was set up to offer friendship, practical support and, where possible, advice.  As demand grew Asylum Link Merseyside was formed in March 2001 and was based in St Anne's, the disused priory building next to St Anne's Church in Overbury Street.  ALM continues to grow rapidly and is constantly expanding and adapting to meet current demands.