Migrants Organise Winter Solidarity Appeal 2020

Migrants Organise Winter Solidarity Appeal 2020

£10,310

 
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+ est. £1765.00
£10,000 stretch target 1 day left
206% 110 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 20th January 2021 at 10:17pm

Support our Winter Appeal and show your solidarity with migrants and refugees living under lock-down and the hostile environment.

New stretch target

We are already planning ahead to Spring 2021 when we hope to resume face to face contact with members for one to one advice, mentoring and group work activities. Promoting health and well-being after the winter months and a second lock-down will be one of our main priorities. Any extra funding raised will be used to ensure that we provide a Covid secure environment for our members, staff and volunteers including equipment and provision of safe meeting spaces, both inside and out.


Ruth, one of our members (pictured below) knows first hand the hostile environment refugees and migrants experience and describes how Migrants Organise is best placed to offer support: 

We left our countries to seek a better life for ourselves and our families. Some of us made perilous journeys, risking our lives to seek safety and protection. What we all want is a dignified life. Instead we are not allowed to work or claim benefits. We are scared to go to the hospital or to visit the GP if we are sick or showing any symptoms of Coronavirus as we might get reported to the Home Office and be forced to go back. Thankfully I have Migrants Organise who listen and support. I have had opportunities to join activities like the women's group where I can share my problems and give support to others in a similar situation. I understand that a lot of charities are struggling right now, but Migrants Organise go that extra mile.” 

During the first lock-down we were able to support 380 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in London to provide immediate hardship, keep people safe and connected. But with a challenging Winter ahead and a further lock-down we need continue to reach out to:

  • Alleviate hardship through shopping vouchers for essential food, toiletries and winter clothing; 

  • Address loneliness and isolation through volunteer buddies who make weekly  phone calls to our members to support their safety and ensure they are connected to local services;

  • Improve mental health through online group-work including English classes and therapeutic support that enables members to connect, learn and stay strong together;

  • Support families through Christmas packs and a mobile library of toys and books for those in asylum accommodation who are not allowed TVs;

  • Provide legal and case work support for members to regularise their status and access public services;

  • Ensure migrant voices are heard in campaigning to challenge the devastating effects of the hostile environment.

Please show solidarity to help migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers cope in such difficult and challenging circumstances and live with dignity and justice.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Online Wellbeing Activities

£100 Pays for an isolated refugee family to connect remotely with online wellbeing activities during lockdown. As a reward we will send you a Migrants Organise tote bag and button badges.

£10 or more

Supermarket Voucher

£10 Pays for a voucher for essential food, Winter clothes and toiletries for one person for one week. As a reward for your donation, we will send you a copy of our Impact Report 2020, which will be published next Spring.

£25 or more

Online English Language Tuition

£25 Pays for three months remote/online English Language tuition for 10 isolated migrants and refugees. As a reward we will send you a digital copy of a poem written by our Poetry Group members.

£1,000 or more

Family Support Package

£1000 Pays for a family support package for 10 mothers with young children, who are survivors of trafficking and abuse. As a reward we will send you a Migrants Organise merchandise set, including t-shirt, badge, tote bag, facemask and a copy of Migrant Writes, a collection of poems and writings by our members and edited by our writer in residence Kat Lewis.

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