Lindsay Cross, Project Director of West End Refugee Service (WERS), has been nominated as an Honorary Ecumenical Canon of St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle upon Tyne. Lindsay is an Elder of our St James’s congregation in Newcastle, and well known to many people in our churches, not least through her active advocacy of the needs of asylum seekers and refugees.
When asylum seekers were first dispersed to the North East in 1998 Lindsay and a small group of volunteers began to work on their behalf by collecting second-hand clothing, blankets and food parcels. The clothing and blankets were initially stored in Lindsay’s garage. With the support of many of the local churches, the work quickly developed and in 1999 West End Refugee Service was formed.
Today WERS has 8 paid staff, 60 approved volunteers and over 800 clients. It is highly regarded by other service providers in Newcastle and forms a vital link in the chain of local support services.
Synod Moderator Lis Mullen says “We are all delighted to hear of this wonderful honour for Lindsay. It would be great if colleagues and friends from the Synod could support her by being at her installation service, which will be held on Sunday 8th March at 6.00 pm in the Cathedral.”