Find out more about HBTSR as it celebrates its third anniversary

There will be a chance to find out more about one of the 2018 Lent Appeal charities next month.

Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees (HBTSR) will be holding a public meeting in St Mary’s Church in Brecon, which will also be a celebration of its work as it marks its third anniversary.

Rev Margaret Blake, HBTSR chair, said: “We will be marking the third anniversary of our group, and it will also be an opportunity to learn more about what it is to be someone seeking sanctuary.

“Our speakers at this meeting will be Rebecca Scott, from Wales Nation of Sanctuary, John Anderson, speaking from personal experience of working in refugee camps, and myself on the work of the HBTSR.”

HBTSR is part of a nationwide movement, Cities of Sanctuary, and works with individuals and local organisations in providing respite sanctuary for people seeking refuge in South Wales. It also provides practical and emotional aid to those fleeing from peril, both here and abroad.

“Sometimes issues such as these can seem remote from everyday life in the tranquility and beauty of  Mid Wales but our work has demonstrated how the work that we do enhances local community life, bringing many friendships and the sharing of skills across boundaries,” Rev Margaret said.

“As a group, we were thrilled when earlier this year Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations recognised the value of our work with local volunteers by awarding us volunteer of the year in the nature and nurture group. We were also delighted to be selected as one of the Lent charities supported by the  Archbishop of Wales appeal and we have benefited several times from donations from Time Out.”

The public meeting will take place on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm and all are welcome.