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Working with migrants and refugees can be challenging as often one just can’t accept the horror of what people survived in their countries of origin and how badly they are treated by our government and the media, constantly stereotyped and perceived as a threat. But there is also more positive side to what we do – people’s stories of survival and struggle for justice are inspirational and humbling, but the stories of our volunteers are real gems. Every year we have a fortune to meet and work with more than 100 volunteers from all walks of life, all ages, genders and creeds. This super diverse bunch of great human beings makes our work not only possible, but also meaningful. There are many ways for volunteers to get involved. A few weeks ago one of our volunteers, went along with a single mum of three to a meeting with a Housing Department in one of the Inner London Boroughs. She was granted full refugee status and as a result she has to leave accommodation provided by the Home Office and she and her three kids are now homeless. Our volunteer phoned our office in shock as the Caseworker who was supposed to help the homeless family declared in front him and the children that the mother can go and sleep at the bus stop and children will taken into care. Luckily, we had a pro-bono lawyer (another volunteer) in the office that day, who was able to advise him what to do and say. What the Caseworker said was not only cruel but also not true, but how is a homeless refugee single mum supposed to know that? If our volunteer was not there that day with this family until 8 pm they would have ended up homeless. Although he was in a complete shock at the most appalling way these local authority officials behaved, our volunteer remained calm and polite and managed to help the family avoid homelessness. He kept telling us of his shock as he witnessed the most brutal lack of empathy and prejudice by the staff who are supposed to be there as a safety net for all of us. This is not the first time, and sadly not the last time that safety net failed people in need, but thankfully, the great people of Britain have volunteered to step in, and provide safety net when all else fails. The refugee welcome in action.

Last year 107 volunteers contributed to our work in a number of different ways. If you have time and skills and feel passionately about justice and dignity for all migrants and refugees please come and volunteer at Migrants Organise. Call us or email info@migrantsorganise.org

Want to make a big difference?  Rent your property to a refugee family!

Want to make a big difference? Rent your property to a refugee family!

May 14 2019

”It’s such an easy thing to do really!”  Migrants Organise works with refugees to rebuild their lives here in the UK. One…

From DRC to North Kensington: My journey to organising

From DRC to North Kensington: My journey to organising

May 08 2019

Organising is about doing things together – being allies, being true to each other – so you can challenge issues affecting your…

#PatientsNotPassports – join us on the 30th April to stop the spread of hostile environment

#PatientsNotPassports – join us on the 30th April to stop the spread of hostile environment

Apr 23 2019

Through successive immigration acts, the Government has introduced a border regime into the National Health Service. Migrants are now charged upfront to…

Windrush, Grenfell and Civil Rights: The Legacy of Community Organising in North Kensington

Windrush, Grenfell and Civil Rights: The Legacy of Community Organising in North Kensington

Apr 08 2019

“Never accept the bread line, fight for what you want.” Recently,  Migrants Organise gathered over one hundred community members and local leaders…

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Mar 12 2019

photos by Beth Crosland On Friday 8th March 2019, the International Women’s Day,  we celebrated exceptional migrant and refugee women, their champions…

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Mar 05 2019

Can you provide weekly 121 support for refugees and migrants in London?  Every year we work with incredible, dedicated volunteers who power our…

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Feb 28 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, last night joined hundreds of Londoners at a citizenship ceremony at the Southbank Centre.  The ceremony…

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Feb 26 2019

‘’We should all recall that what unites us is humanity, and strive to support one another, irrespective of background.’’ Mr Lazizi, Migrants…

Citizens Interrupted

Citizens Interrupted

Feb 17 2019

Migrants Organise CEO, Zrinka Bralo, TEDx UCLWomen talk on immigration, integration and immigrants as citizens interrupted. Watch the full video here I came London 25…

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Feb 15 2019

It is almost a year since we celebrated the launch of the Haringey Welcome Pledge with our friends and colleagues in North…