Five Practical Ways You Can Help Refugees

More than 350,000 persons have signed petition for Britain to take its fair share of Europe’s refugees, and it looks like David Cameron has listened.

But there is still a huge amount of work to be done. As European leaders continue to disagree over the best way to deal with the growing humanitarian crisis, here is what you can do next to help at home.

Keep making your voice heard

● The Independent’s petition for Britain to accept its fair share of refugees

● Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK

● 80 Syrian war refugees are waiting in Calais for their rightful and legal asylum in the UK

● Create a compassionate Euro-wide policy to deal with refugee migrants

● End the Calais crisis

● We are willing to house Syrian refugees

● Refugees Welcome (split by postcode into local petitions)

● Resettle Syrian refugees in the US

A displaced Syrian child is viewed in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley

Volunteer, donate, collect

● International Rescue Committee : US-based charity with opportunities to volunteer around the world including mentoring refugee families and helping them find jobs

Refugee council: looking for Therapeutic Casework Volunteers in to support their assessments, casework and referrals to asylum seekers and refugees presenting mental wellbeing needs

Citizens UK : a scheme where people can volunteer as much of their time or resources as they want, but especially to lobby local councils on behalf of refugees

Calais Migrant Solidarity: organising aid from the UK to those stranded in Calais. Includes details to find local groups for clothes collections and donations
here and a UK-based Facebook

Doctors of the World: providing care to vulnerable people, advocating for rights to health

Music Against Borders : appealing for people to donate musical instruments to Calais

The Jungle Library : makeshift library set up at the camp at Calais. They need more books

● ‘Childhood bags’ : fundraising to take books, toys and warm clothes to children

Folkestone United : organising protests, taking donated goods to Calais in September : lobbying local councils, providing language support, housing refugees

Migrant Offshore Aid Station : dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea

Sawa for development and aid: working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon
4 million Syrians have fled their country since the war began

Make a donation

Make a financial donation to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is doing related humanitarian work overseas. These could include:

Save the Children : distributing essential items such as nappies, hygiene kits and food

Red Cross Europe : providing emergency health services at central train stations

Migrant Offshore Aid Station : dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea

International Rescue Committee : improving living conditions by setting up camps

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) : providing water, mosquito nets, tents, healthcare

Refugee Action : advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, asylum support

World Vision : providing food, water, shelter, education and psychosocial care

Médecins Sans Frontières: humanitarian agency which has three rescue ships in the Mediterranean

Aylan Kurdi Fund : named in honour of the drowned child and set up within 24 hours of the horrific pictures circulating around the world. All proceeds are going to charity Hand In Hand For Syria

Asylum Aid : provides free legal advice and representation to refugees and asylum-seekers seeking safety in the UK from persecution. They also campaign for the fair treatment of refugees in the UK

The Aire Centre : provides information and advice throughout Europe on international human rights law, including the rights of individuals under the provisions of European Community Law
Germany has been more welcoming to refugees

Support grassroots groups

JustGiving has received more than 2,500 donations from 32 countries for Calais migrant
fundraising effort s. Here are just a few of them:

The Worldwide Tribe in Calais: Travel blog documenting the story of the people in the Calais ‘jungle’ is also connected to a crowdfunding site

Glasgow Solidarity with Calais Migrants: Diane and Bob are driving to Calais with supplies

North East Solidarity with Calais Refugees : Buying food, bedding and warm clothing

Side by Side : A family in Thurrock helping with basic humanitarian aid

Association Salam : 19-year-old Tom McElholm is driving to Calais with supplies

Hummingbird Project : Driving regularly to Calais with nurses, aid, food kitchens

Coach and Horses Soho : raising £5,000 to give the Calais migrants a decent meal
A girl holds a balloon and a teddy bear in a holding area at Munich Hauptbahnhof main railway station on 1 September

Buy specific items for those who need help

● An Amazon wish list has been set up for people to buy specific items such as shoes and sleeping bags to be delivered to Calais as part of the appeal #KentforCalais and #HelpCalais. The truck leaves on 17 September.


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