Refugee Crisis: How we can help

Soomin Leong writes: Last Sunday I went to The Hive in Dalston to help out sorting donations to be sent to the refugees in Calais. Organised by CalAid, a volunteer organisation, the drop-off was the first one and as you can imagine it was a bit chaotic but there were mountains of donations and it was really well organised. The event wasn't party political but Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, was helping out the whole day which was great to see.

The next drop-off/collection is 20th September and then there is another on 4th October. Both venues are tbc at the moment but you can find out more here or on their Facebook page. I will be volunteering again on the 4th so if any fellow members want to meet up for tea of breakfast before heading down to CalAid (wherever it may be) then let me know via email.

CalAid was the only event of its kind that I knew of at the time, in London, but I knew there must be more. I already knew there is a march on 12th September for Solidarity with Refugees and I will be going along to that too.

The real point of this post is to ask if anyone knows of other events, or marches, or organisations dedicated to aiding the plight of the refugees. And if so, please let us know via the comments below so that we can add the details. I've already found a few more, some courtesy of 853blog, but it would be great if we could add more resources to the list.


Resources

Volunteer Donation Drives

CalAid - volunteer organisation collecting donations and driving them to Calais

Calais Refugee Support - SE London based volunteers driving donations to Calais

Lewisham for Refugees -  organising a number of donation banks across Lewisham Borough, setup by Labour Cllr Joani Reid (seen via 853blog)

Established Charities

Refugee Action - London based charity helping people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes to find the basic support they need

Age Exchange in Blackheath - accepting donations from 9am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on Saturdays (seen via 853blog)

March

Solidarity with Refugees - 12 September, 12PM at Marble Arch, to Downing Street.

Petitions

'Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK' - over 400k signatures at tim of writing, may no longer be needed, but maybe still worth signing.

'Refugees Welcome in the Royal Borough of Greenwich' - Private petition started by Peter Noble, calling on RBG to house 50 refugee families (seen via @gabbywain)

Local Facebook Groups

Royal Borough of Greenwich - Refugees Welcome - local people swopping ideas and information in aid of refugees

Know of more voluntary action, petitions, marches or anything related? Let us know in the comments!


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