Refugee crisis – what can we do in Wandsworth?

Hassan, 5, one of many children that make the journey from Syria to Greece
Hassan, 5, one of many children that make the journey from Syria to Greece

The shocking situation of migrants in camps and crossing Europe has really made us look into what we can do to help. We’ve put together some information and links to what individuals can do, and will be urging local politicians to take what action they can too.

The United Nations refugee agency says that more than 2,500 migrants and refugees have died or gone missing this year while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Last year Britain accepted 216 people under a scheme to relocate the most vulnerable refugees, and almost 5,000 Syrians had been granted asylum in the last four years.

Here are five top ideas, and lots more information below too:

1. Donate essential items

There is a local pick up point for Calais Action in Brixton (by 13 September) and Morden (by 12 September).

2. Give money

Red Cross Europe: provides emergency health services at central train stations.

3. Shop on Amazon 

An Amazon wish list has been set up for people to buy specific items such as shoes and sleeping bags to be delivered to Calais as part of the appeal #KentforCalais and #HelpCalais. The truck leaves on 17 September.

4. Sign a petition

Over 380,000 people have signed this petition to the government in the last few days.

5. Write to your local MP

We have three MPs in Wandsworth and if you could write and urge them to take action locally and to support refugees abroad this will show how many of their consituents think this issue is important. Write to your MP here.

 

More information and ideas:

Make a donation

Make a financial donation to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is doing related humanitarian work overseas. These could include:

Volunteer, fundraise, collect

Get political! 

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2 thoughts on “Refugee crisis – what can we do in Wandsworth?

  1. I should like to volunteer to help with refugees if there is anything suitable I can do.

    I live not far from Balham station and am reasonably mobile, but, being 86 and having a rather dodgy back, am not keen on heavy physical work or too extensive travel; I am, however, mobile and have a car. Most of my working life has been spent teaching: first maths and physics, then music, at various levels from secondary to degree level, and especially in Adult Education. I am computer-literate and I read and speak German (I was a refugee myself in 1938) as well as English.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Dear Michael, Thank you for your message. The best way to assist refugees locally is to get involved with Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees, an organisation that several Labour cllrs are involved in. wandsworthwelcomesrefugees@gmail.com.
      You could also come along to a screening of the documentary film The White Helmets in Tooting market on March 7th at 8:30pm when I know that information will also be given out by local charities about how local people can do more. Sadly it’s largely down to the voluntary sector to provide assistance but WWR is a good place to start. I hope that’s helpful. Best, Candida Jones

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