After the recent media spotlight on people making the extremely dangerous journey across the English Channel it can seem as though there’s a lot of information about how to help and which charities do the best work for those seeking safety in the UK. Here are just five organisations which you can donate to, volunteer with or fundraise for.
Writing to your local MP about supporting safer and easier routes for migrants to travel into the UK is extremely important and is two clicks away with a pre-written email by JCWI. All you have to do is enter your postcode to find out the local MP the letter will be sent to.
JCWI focuses on the justice system and passing legislature in parliament. If you’re trained in law you can become a trainee solicitor with them. Besides this you can make a one-off donation or become a member and donate monthly while receiving updates and information on their news and progress.
City of Sanctuary focuses on making local areas a place of refugee welcome across the country using a network of grassroots organisations such as councils, schools, libraries or others. Using local networks, they make local communities places of refugee welcome. Support their winter fundraiser here.
With the head office based in London, Safe Passage works to help children across the European continent to find safety. Almost half of all the child refugees who come to Europe are unaccompanied. Within the UK their work consists of campaigning and casework.
As well as donations and the opportunity to become a fundraiser yourself, you can also become a Friend of Safe Passage. This is where you essentially give a set monthly amount and then get up-to-date reports on progress and situations within the organisation.
Refugee Action helps refugees and migrants who have already arrived in the UK and works with those currently going through the asylum process. They work with integrating new arrivals into their community as well as fighting against hate speech and violence aimed towards migrants and refugees.
Race for Refugees is a fundraising opportunity where you can set a distance goal and work up to running that set goal. This can vary from 5km to 100km and can be a one-off event or a weekly run for donations.
Other campaigns include working to improve the asylum system and setting up and funding English classes for refuges and migrants.
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Yesterday's tragic news has brought up a lot of questions about Channel crossings and the right to claim asylum in the UK. We’ve tried to answer as many as possible here – please share the link in our bio with anyone who might find it helpful. We want to make one thing very clear: seeking asylum is not a crime. It is a human right. Any person who has to flee their home because of war, torture or persecution should be able to seek safety elsewhere. To be greeted with kindness and compassion is what any of us would hope for if we were so unlucky to find ourselves or our families in such horrific circumstances.
Refugee Council stands to improve the asylum application system and help support refugees and migrants while they wait for official documents to be processed. This process is often slow and documentation to rent and live in accommodation can take weeks.
Refugee Council accept donations and volunteers from across the UK, as well as fundraising and campaigning. Refugee Council also works withs landlords and volunteers across the UK to allow living spaces for refugees to stay until their asylum is guaranteed. You can sign up and see if you’re eligible to host a family or single adults within your home.
Choosing an organisation is important depending on what you would like to see your money go towards. All these organisations are dedicated to helping those people who are arriving in this country, already arrived or are trying to find safety, either within the UK or the EU. Overall if you donate or help in anyway big or small, any of these organisations are a good choice in helping others struggling to find safety.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a humanitarian organisation founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933. They work with displaced communities and in conflict settings in over 40 different countries. They recently launched their first UK programme working with refugees in the south east of England who have been resettled there to navigate their new lives.