At a worrying time, here are five things you can do to show your support for people seeking asylum and refugee communities
"Imagine a fire in the neighbourhood. You know about it. People fleeing the blaze come knocking on your door to ask for shelter. You lock them in a cupboard, and then kick them out on to the streets. That’s the impact of the new migration bill."
While for now the UK government does what it will with its policies on refugees, we've been wondering what's happening to make people feel welcome here in the UK. If you'd like to do something to show your support for refugees here are a few ideas:
If you'd like to give some time, check out this list of initiatives supporting refugee integration in the UK put together by Sona Circle. You'll find a range of projects supporting integration via food, sport, learning English and more. You can also have a look at volunteer positions with Refugee Action. Or find your nearest City of Sanctuary group and help build a more welcoming UK for people forced to flee their homes.
Look into what's happening locally: many towns and cities have dedicated groups supporting refugees. That might be through fundraising, organising housing, arranging activities or gathering essentials like food and toiletries.
5. Contact your MP
4. Support refugee artisans
5. Cook together
What have we missed? Comment below or contact us and we'll keep adding ideas.
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