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Kindness for Refugees - building new lives

by Caroline McGill in London, England, United Kingdom

£9,548

raised of £15,000 target

209

supporters
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This project will only be funded if at least £15,000 is pledged by 15th July 2020 at 11:59pm

We are helping refugees to stay safe and build new lives. Our work has become more difficult – and we need your help now more than ever

by Caroline McGill in London, England, United Kingdom

The difference we make | What we could do with your help |

| Rewards for donating | Coping with COVID

We've all learnt how hard it is to be kept away from the people we love.  Imagine not only losing everyone, but also everything and everywhere you have known.  

This is what happens to our clients, unless we can help.


The difference we make

  • Basics – hot meals, clothing, toiletries and emergency funds for people who otherwise can’t make it through the week, and an important social focus.
  • Healthcare – we facilitate approx. 650 healthcare appointments p.a. working with the local Health Inclusion Team, enable access to other primary services, and make referrals to specialists for e.g. maternity care or counselling, helping people overcome fear of authorities and language barriers.
  • Integration – our clients overcome isolation and trauma, and gain skills and confidence to live here independently: we help clients learn English, access education and gain employability skills. Our team creates a sense of belonging and community which enables traumatised, desperate and vulnerable clients to begin to trust, and engage with us in the complex process of starting to resolve issues such as homelessness, social isolation or separation from their children.
  • Justice – proper advice and practical support to enforce clients’ rights including legal advice and support, accompanying clients to court hearings, and covering the cost of transport to attend immigration hearings in other UK cities.



What we could do with your help

We are not short of ideas – only resources.  We operate at or beyond capacity as a matter of course.  Demand for our services is increasing (up 12% year on year in 2019) as public funding is cut and other local charities close due to financial pressure – the Covid-19 recession will not help.  With your help we could:

  • Expand the provision of emergency relief and advisory servicA message of thanks from refugees and asylum seekerses – with sufficient resources we could identify a broader network of partner organisations, increase the range and frequency of therapeutic services, access more professional support (e.g. immigration lawyers, counsellors), and increase the number of centres and advice sessions.
  • Find new ways to safely continue our therapeutic and educational work – a key part of what we do is to help people overcome trauma and build new lives.
  • Continue our existing services beyond the crisis - We have a dedicated team of 5 volunteers who, alongside the Director, apply for grant funding year-round. But grants are often one-off, short term and restricted to specific projects.  This means that we face a constant battle to secure funding for our existing services.  
  • Relieve the pressure on staff and volunteers – demand for our service has been growing, and volunteers and staff are reporting increasing pressure.  We’d love to proactively recruit and train more staff and volunteers. We could improve our systems and processes to make record keeping and information sharing easier and more efficient.  We’d also like to create space for more team support activities so that we can do more whilst also making sure that our volunteers and staff are working to their best and safely.
  • Make longer term plans – Because grants are often one-off, short term and restricted to specific projects, it is difficult for us to make medium to long-term plans, for example with regard to premises, staffing, programming and partnerships. We could improve our planning and efficiency with resources to proactively seek out larger, longer-term funding relationships.
  • Increase our community engagement – We have a website, facebook, twitter, instagram, newsletter and have leafleted in the local area.  We would like to build a concerted community engagement programme including more personal interaction to increase awareness of our service, encourage new volunteers, and increase regular donations from the community through our “Friends” scheme.  


Rewards for donating

If you are able to support us there will be more than a little "thank you" in it for you.  We've sourced some fantastic rewards for donations from Fair Trade, Refugee owned and Refugee staffed businesses, as well as from our Emmy winning Patron, Riz Ahmed.  Please do take a look!


Coping with COVID

Even before the current emergency many of our clients were in a desperate state: homeless, destitute, awaiting benefits decisions/payments or with no recourse to public funds, tolerating abusive relationships to have housing and food. The emergency has closed or delayed the services they need to survive. Many are unable to work, struggling to access benefits or housing, unable to pay bills or feed themselves/their families, stuck in substandard housing or on the street, poorly protected from coronavirus, and many are alone.

We are changing how we work. Our 3 day-centres closed due to Covid-19, and we have opened a front-line service offering emergency relief packages including basics like food, nappies and toiletries for appointment-only pick-up where clients are able, or delivery for our most vulnerable clients. We have also restarted our advice services by phone.

Our amazing staff and volunteers were reassigned to working from home, identifying and communicating with priority clients, networking with partner organisations to work out what services are still available and what can be co-delivered, communicating with funders, donors and volunteers, collecting food and other donations. We are continually investigating what services we can legally and safely reopen during the emergency period.

Volunteers at PECAN food bank help with supplies for refugees and asylum seekers

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Leather & lifejacket wristband made by refugees

We've teamed up with the fantastic people at Epimonia to offer you a limited edition wristband made by refugees from recycled refugee lifejackets. - Unisex Design - Made with recycled Life-vest worn by refugees during their dangerous journey across the Mediterranean sea - High Quality Magnetic Closure - Premium Leather inside. - Made With Love

£3 or more

Take a break - you deserve it!

You are brilliant and kind and generous. For just £3, you can take a break from whatever you are doing, make yourself a drink, grab a biscuit if you have any, and find somewhere comfy to relax and contemplate just how lovely you really are - all in the privacy of your own home. Can you feel that warm, fuzzy feeling yet?

£10 or more

Massive shout out to you for being awesome!

You are awesome and we want to tell everyone how much your generosity means to the refugees we support, and our team (who are just a bit emotional about all this love!). Make this donation and we'll "shout out" your name online, or @ your handle so the world knows just how awesome you really are!

£30 or more

3 of 30 claimed

Coffee - 10 organic and FairTrade, Nespresso® pods

10 organic Dark Roast and FairTrade, Nespresso® pods. CRU Kafe provides the finest organic and Fairtrade, Nespresso® compatible pods. They source their beans from high-altitude plantations, capturing the definitive flavours of the world’s best coffee-growing regions. CRU only ever use fair trade and organic, ethically sourced coffee, and production and packaging minimises impact on the planet.

£40 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Coffee – 250g organic, Fair Trade ground coffee

CRU Kafe provides the finest organic and Fairtrade coffee. They source their beans from high-altitude plantations, capturing the definitive flavours of the world’s best coffee-growing regions. CRU only ever use fair trade and organic, ethically sourced coffee, and production and packaging minimises impact on the planet.

£60 or more

Fashion Face Mask - by refugee owned fashion brand

Handmade in the UK by Teem Khan, up and coming fashion designer based in London! Light, washable, reusable, and comfortable for all-day wear. Teem came to the UK for uni but after 10 years his Leave to Remain was refused. He became an asylum seeker and had to survive on £105 per month. He became homeless, but he was not defeated. He bought fabric on credit at Walthamstow Market, and made clothes to sell. The Teem Khan label was born!

£60 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Sequin face mask by refugee owned fashion brand

Handmade in the UK by Teem Khan, up and coming fashion designer based in London! Light, washable, reusable, and comfortable for all-day wear. Teem came to the UK for uni but after 10 years his Leave to Remain was refused. He became an asylum seeker and had to survive on £105 per month. He became homeless, but he was not defeated. He bought fabric on credit at Walthamstow Market, and made clothes.

£300 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Ltd edition vinyl LP The Long Goodbye by Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed, London-born, Emmy-winning star of Rogue One and The Night Of (and Patron of SDCAS!) has made an album, short film and live show about being dumped by an abusive lover - his home country. The album is an emotional exploration from someone who finds themselves on the front line of a new, traumatised, confusing reality. To him, the album's not political - it's deeply personal. He says "I want people to know what this feels like."

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Children's book - Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals was inspired by a refugee girl who asked the authors why there were no books about children like her. When relief workers bring used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly - until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. "Four Feet, Two Sandals" honors the experiences of refugee children.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afternoon tea for two at the House of Commons

Afternoon tea for two at the House of Commons with our sponsor, Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. Join Helen in one of the riverside rooms, where Parliament’s award winning chefs have created a tempting menu of savouries and sweets made freshly onsite which combines tradition with a modern twist. Drinks include luxury teas and freshly brewed coffee. Kids / Gluten-free / Veggie on arrangement. Transport not included.

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