Drop in sessions now running again every Tuesday at St John's Church from 13:00 - 15:00, we look forward to welcoming you

About us

New Neighbours Together was established in 2016 to support asylum seekers and refugees in Burnley.

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.

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.

We try to provide a human response to counteract the ‘hostile environment’ ethos which was introduced in 2012 by the Government. This was intended to target ‘illegal immigrants’, but has had huge ramifications for people exercising their legal right to claim asylum coming from terrible situations and often enduring terrible hardships and at the mercy of criminal people traffickers.

In providing a little humanity we have made so many memories (often involving food!) 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.

We hold drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at St. John’s Church Hall on Ivy Street, with refreshments, a sharing table of donated goods and a safe social space for events and activities.

Drop in guests

Meet the team

Ann L headshot

Ann Laemmer

Charity manager - people services

Rachel

Rachel Retford

Digital & media manager

Helen Hare

Helen Vercoe

Administration manager / Advice & advocacy support

Meet the trustees

Ruth headshot

Ruth Haygarth

Chair of the Board

Manal Alkeseh

Manal Alkesheh

Trustee & drop-in volunteer

Michael Hewitt

Michael Hewitt

Treasurer

Sonaina's headshot

Sonaina Khadim

Trustee & drop-in volunteer

NNTLOGO

Lynn Middleton

Trustee & drop-in support lead

Richard Head shot

Richard Priestley

Trustee

Su Ryan

Su Ryan

Trustee & children's lead

Meet the volunteers

Parisa

Parisa
Aghaei
Frashani

Children's activities volunteer

NNTLOGO

Margaret Baker

Wellbeing volunteer

Margaret

Margaret Cadman

Children's activities volunteer

Susan Conroy

Susan Conroy

Donated goods coordinator

NNTLOGO

Tony Gardiner

Men's activities coordinator

Mary Grange Crete November 2019

Mary Grange

Wellbeing volunteer (ESOL)

Venus Hudnott

Venus Hudnott

Drop-in volunteer

Leila (2)

Leila Khalilian

Drop-in volunteer

Maasoma Laylakurd

Maasoma Laylakurd

Drop-in volunteer

Noreen

Noreen Lobo

Wellbeing volunteer (ESOL)

Roy Palmer

Roy Palmer

Donated goods volunteer

Arazu Samad

Arazu
Samad

Drop-in volunteer

Pamela Stowell

Pamela Stowell

Advice & advocacy support

Fatema (2)

Fatema Zahra

Drop-in volunteer