About us

New Neighbours Together was established in 2017 to provide care and support to asylum seekers and refugees in Burnley and the surrounding area.

Our aim is to bring people together to help each other and provide a space for sharing food, culture, language and friendship. There is so much we can learn from each other and we believe that Burnley is enriched by our mutual respect and understanding.

We respect and value people of all backgrounds and cultures and are working to promote diversity within our community.

We are a secular organisation that works with people of many faiths and support everyone’s right to freedom of belief. Together, we work with mutual respect and understanding to provide a warm welcome and support to everyone who comes to us for help.

Thanks to the efforts of our founder Ruth Haygarth, we currently have over 25 volunteers who:

  • provide help with form filling and registering for healthcare;
  • teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes;
  • request and sort donated goods;
  • organise social activities;
  • and befriend our new neighbours.

We support our new neighbours as they make their way through the slow and often painful process of claiming asylum.

In providing a little humanity we have made so many memories along the way. 

In September 2018 we became a registered charity (Charity Number 1179812) and we have a Board of Trustees from our community, including settled refugees. 

We could not do what we do without the generosity of local people who donate many essential items for our families and individuals who arrive in Burnley, often with little more than the clothes they are wearing.

We are also hugely grateful to St John’s church who have provided us our safe space of sanctuary free of charge.

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