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- refugees children and families
- refugees health
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- refugees learning and work
- refugees liaison and coordinating groups
Immigration and asylum advice from Citizen Advice Bureau website
Border and Immigration Agency website
The Refugee Council website
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Europe of the like not seen since the Second World War. Camden Council is committing to resettle up to 20 refugee families in the borough. We are committing to work with Citizens UK, the Refugee Council, local organisations and other local authorities to offer what help we can to families who are finding themselves in this desperate situation.
Camden Council is participating in the Home Office’s Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme (VPRS) for the resettlement of Syrian Households. Camden welcomed their first beneficiaries under this scheme in December 2015 and we are continuing to work towards our commitment of up to 20 households. To date, Camden has resettled 19 Syrian households comprising 71 people.
Camden has a long history of helping refugees and we know there are many people in the borough who want to do something to help.
We have already has offers of support from local residents, landlords and local organisations – if you want to join them, here are just some of the things you can do.
How can I help?
you a private landlord with a property to let? Get in touch if you would be
interested in providing help.
Are you part of a local organisation who could support refugees? Please get in touch through our Facebook page.
We know that a lot of people have been offering to give spare rooms. At this point the government doesn’t think there will be a need to host Syrian refugees in homes so we’re not asking people to come forward with offers of a spare bedroom.
What else can people do to help?
Make a donation
Make a financial donation to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is doing related humanitarian work overseas or locally. These could include:
Refugee Council An independent charity working with refugees in the UK including supporting Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the UK.
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
Get involved with local grassroots groups
The grassroots campaign Calais Action is urging supporters to donate in any way they can. It has put together a map of drop-off and collection zones.
JustGiving (a social platform for fundraising and giving) has also received more than 2,500 donations from 32 countries for Calais migrant Some initiatives include:
Coach and Horses Soho raising £5,000 to give the Calais migrants a decent meal
Volunteer, donate, collect locally
The Camden For Refugees group are highlighting a number of ways in which local people can help.
Refugee Action is offering to take old cars as donations. It says the last scrap car it took raised £126 for refugees. It is also looking for old mobile phones and even printer cartridges and has a number of online shopping initiatives for donating money (e.g. selling via Ebay’s charity arm, Monkfish).
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
Migrant Offshore Aid Station dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea
Sawa for development and aid working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon