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Here's how you can help refugeesSaturday 2 April 2016 –
Recently, we've received an overwhelming number of offers of help and support for refugees.
First of all, we want to stay a massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s pledged their help so far. We can't always accept every offer of help, but we can usually suggest other appropriate organisations or groups for you to get in touch with.
Below are some of the different ways you can help refugees, with us and with other organisations. Good luck - you're doing a great thing!
If you want the UK Government to do more to make refugees welcome, you can:
- Sign our petition to the Prime Minister, and demand she does more ensure that refugees have access to English classes.
If you want to support Refugee Action's work with refugees in the UK you can:
- Donate to Refugee Action's Emergency #RefugeesWelcome Appeal so we can help more refugees when in the UK
- Support Refugee Action's work, by taking on fundraising challenge or organising an event. a fundraising event. You could run, cycle, bake, host a dinner party, or even organise a comedy of music event. Take a look at our fundraising toolkit for ideas and tips to make your fundraiser a success.
- Donate your old car, empty printer cartridges, old mobile phones and more to companies that will donate their value to our refugees welcome appeal
If you want to help welcome refugees arriving in the UK, you can:
- Read our guide on how to welcome refugees in your town or community
- Write a message of welcome for newly-arrived refugees in the UK, that we will share on our Make Refugees Welcome message board
If you need advice on how to respond to negative myths and misconceptions about refugees, you can:
- Read and share a refugee’s real-life story in our Refugee Voices library
- Share the Refugee Families test to see how you and your family would fare if you were a refugee in the UK
If you want to donate clothing or goods to help refugees outside of the UK, you can:
- Visit the "Help Refugees" website who regularly list essential items that need to be bought or donated. If you want to donate used items please contact Help Refugees, one week in advance, so they can coordinate logistics and make sure they have space in their warehouse. Email them at calaisdonations[at]gmail[dot]com for details.
- Donate baby carriers and other aid for families, or help fund baby boxes for new mums via Carry The Future, who distribute them to refugees living in Greece and other countries.
- Visit this interactive map from The Guardian to find donation drop-off points of community and grassroots organised support for refugee within and outside of the UK, nearest you.
If you want to donate clothing or goods to help refugees inside of the UK, you can:
- If you're in Liverpool, we can accept donations of good quality men's clothing. Email us for further details
- Donate an unwanted bike to refugees via The Bike Project if you are in London. The Bike Project will refurbish your bike for a refugee or asylum seeker.
If you want to volunteer your time to help refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, you can:
- Check to see if there are any current volunteering opportunities at Refugee Action. If you are an asylum seeker yourself, you also have the right to volunteer.
- Contact Citizens UK about volunteering opportunities in the UK.
If you want to stay in touch and hear about future ways to help refugees with Refugee Action:
If you represent a local authority and want information about setting up a resettlement scheme in your area, you can:
If you want to host asylum seekers in your home, you can:
- Read this very useful guide to hosting that was compiled by The Guardian.
- Find out if you qualify for Positive Action in Housing's Rooms for Refugees program.
- Find out how you can support the work of NACCOM whose members aim to ensure ensure no-one is left destitute and homeless in the UK.
Thank you for wanting to help refugees.
Whatever you can give – time, money or a warm welcome -however big or small, it will make a difference.