The Hostile Environment policies leave thousands of people who came to the UK as asylum seekers or refugees in vulnerable, precarious and often inhumane situations.
Unfortunately, it is up to individuals, community groups and charities to ensure that those affected by the policies receive the support they need. Often these efforts are underfunded and depend on donations.
Gaming Against the Hostile Environment was set up by Zoë (works in the Gaming industry) and Fae (works for a number of refugee rights organisations) as an engaging way to raise awareness about the hostile environment policies against refugees, asylum seekers and to raise urgent funds for grassroots organisations that support those affected by those policies.
The first gaming marathon (a weekend in October 2020) saw four gamers raise close to £3000 spread between three community groups doing incredible work in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
2021 - Bigger, better ... and matchfunded!
This year, in the week leading to World Refugee Day (20 June 2021), we will once again set up the gamer gear and raise funds for the following four amazing groups. We are also super excited to announce that a corporate sponsor will matchfund all donations!
This year all donations will be split between:
- Edinburgh: Intercultural Youth Scotland
Intercultural Youth Scotland is a grassroots, youth-led charity in Scotland.
They are leading in Youth Anti-Racist Activism and Anti-Racist education in Scotland and services and deliver crucial, effective and culturally appropriate youth provision for 13 – 24 year olds, making an impact on fairness in employment, positive destinations through the vehicle of performing arts and events.
- Glasgow: Maslow's Community Shop
Maslow's is a second hand goods shop, volunteer run with profits going back into the community. They provide free clothing & household goods to asylum seekers and people in the local community who are experiencing hardship.
- Manchester: MRSN
Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) is a grass-roots organisation directly managed by refugee communities in Manchester. For over 24 years, they have been providing practical support to those fleeing persecution, conflict, and various forms of injustice and abuse.
- Northern France: Refugee Women's Centre
The Refugee Women's Centre provides holistic support for migrant women and families living in informal outdoor settlements in Calais and Dunkirk and in accommodation centres in surrounding areas.
To join in, set up a supporting fundraiser by clicking on "Start fundraising" and feel free to pop us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions!
Play any length of marathon at anytime between 14-20 June. All gamers are invited to join for a celebration stream on Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day) - Time and Game to be confirmed.