Grow Power

Since joining Migrants Organise a few months ago I’ve trekked across different parts of London getting to know the people working within our communities:

Leao runs a church in North West London, his congregation is as a diverse as you’d expect from a busy, urban church and consequently the needs are complex and pressing. He’s feeling increasingly challenged by the complexities of asylum law and how it affects members of his congregation who come to him for help. Together we’re looking at ways to set up as a Legal Advice Clinic in his surgery.

Ardo focuses on building an awareness of TB within her Somali community in West London. As a TB survivor herself she knows how debilitating the illness can be, yet how simple the prevention can be. She explained how stigma can be the killer- it stops people from getting advice, seeking medicine and getting cured. Together we’re supporting Ardo and her colleagues to register as a charity and gain funds.

However, we know this isn’t enough. As a sector we need to grow our power and carve out ways for more migrants and refugee communIties to influence decisions at a structural level. Last year with our support Leao’s church ran a voter registration drive and hustings events in the lead up to the General Election. Whilst a couple of months ago Ardo and her colleagues attended engagement evenings with the head of her local council. With our encouragement they’re also getting involved in a pan-London wide campaign tackling rogue landlords and pushing for genuine affordable housing across London.

Providing excellent services to our communities is integral in meeting the health, wellbeing and rights of vulnerable communities. However, only through building our connections, strengthening our collective voice and increasing our power can we challenge the conditions that define our rights. For migrants and refugees (and their champions), there has never been a more urgent time to do this.

That is why Migrants Organise is focusing on community organising, voter registration drives and campaigns to build our power.

Ffion Wyn Evans

Participation Manager

‘Justice For Simba’ Campaign Launch 20th November 2019

‘Justice For Simba’ Campaign Launch 20th November 2019

Nov 09 2019

You are invited to the launch of the “Justice for Simba” campaign on  Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 7pm  at Victoria Hall,…

Migrants can vote – and it matters!

Migrants can vote – and it matters!

Nov 06 2019

A General Election has been called for 12 December 2019, and we’re launching the Promote The Migrant Vote campaign to support migrants and BAME…

Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

Sep 03 2019

Housing remains a particular challenge for vulnerable migrants and refugees. Most migrants and refugees struggle to access public funds, which includes homelessness…

We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

Aug 13 2019

Job Title: Healthcare for All  Migrant Organiser Location: London with regular travel across England Salary: £33,000 per annum + 4% stakeholder pension Hours: 35 hours…

Our Legal Organiser Brian Dikoff  explains Litigation Friend Scheme in the Law Society Podcast

Our Legal Organiser Brian Dikoff explains Litigation Friend Scheme in the Law Society Podcast

Aug 05 2019
We don’t need handouts – we need to work. We need to Lift the Ban.

We don’t need handouts – we need to work. We need to Lift the Ban.

Jul 17 2019

Veecca Smith Uka is the 2018 Winner of the Women on the Move Awards, she is an organiser and tireless campaigner for…

They can’t say they didn’t know

They can’t say they didn’t know

Jul 11 2019

A distraught couple refused access to the body of their dead baby, a long-term NHS worker whose mother was refused the care…

Dr Jess Potter: ‘I am your Doctor First’

Dr Jess Potter: ‘I am your Doctor First’

Jul 05 2019

@DrJessPotter is a respiratory doctor and recently completed her MRC-funded PhD at Queen Mary University of London. She also campaigns for the…

Join UK and Syrian Human Rights Activists for Freedom Across Borders Conference on 6 July

Join UK and Syrian Human Rights Activists for Freedom Across Borders Conference on 6 July

Jun 22 2019

The Freedom Across Borders conference organised by Syria Solidarity UK with Amnesty International UK, the Syrian Legal Development Programme, Dawlaty and Migrants Organise, is an opportunity for…

Volunteer Opportunity: Arabic Speaking Caseworker

Volunteer Opportunity: Arabic Speaking Caseworker

Jun 19 2019

We are looking for an Arabic speaker to volunteer with us- can you help?  The Community Programme at Migrants Organise is currently…