Tees Valley of Sanctuary is a newly formed CoS that will cover the five Tees Valley local authority areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton on Tees.

Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton are the three dispersal boroughs and together forms one of the largest dispersal areas in the UK, making the need for a CoS even more compelling. Funding for a one day per week post for one year was secured from Stockton Seed Bed and the post is hosted by Justice First. A steering committee has been formed and will be agreeing on the CoS streams and further funding applications at our next meeting. Some of us have attended two of the national CoS AGMs, and we are looking forward to becoming a fully participating Valley of Sanctuary. Our official launch will be during Refugee Week (15th -21st June 2015) with the venue kindly provided by Teesside University. – watch this space!