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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

We are looking for a Migrant Organiser in Yorkshire and the Humber

We are looking for a Migrant Organiser in Yorkshire and the Humber

Oct 22 2018

Job Title: Migrant Organiser Location: Yorkshire and the Humber Salary: NJC scale 32, £17,433 pro rata Hours: Part-time, 21 hours per week. Flexible hours…

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Oct 12 2018

Today, as part of our Migrants Organise and Global Justice Now #MPsNotBorderGuards campaign, we’ve written to the Speaker of the House of Commons,…

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

Oct 12 2018

The ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants now extends to MP surgeries – since 2012, 723 people have been reported by their MPs to…

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Oct 11 2018

COURAGEOUS. POWERFUL. UNSTOPPABLE. Migrant and refugee women are smashing stereotypes, breaking boundaries, and connecting communities. The Women on the Move Awards, presented by…

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

Oct 10 2018

Over the past several months, Migrants Organise has been supporting a group of London-based volunteers known as the Welcome Committee, in preparing to…

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Oct 03 2018

On October 2nd, at a ceremony in central London, Migrants Organise was given national recognition for our work to promote and facilitate…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

Sep 14 2018

Migrants Organise and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will host the eighth annual Women on the Move Awards at the WOW –…

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

Sep 11 2018

Job Title: Legal Volunteer, Community Programme  Salary: Voluntary. Reasonable lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Hours: One day per week (Friday), for a minimum…

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Sep 02 2018

Three years ago today, the lifeless body of the three-year old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, was found washed up on a Turkish…

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

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