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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

Migrants Organise Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Migrants Organise Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Dec 20 2017

Last week, Migrants Organise travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in America’s largest conference on immigration. “Justice For All: The National Immigrant…

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dec 15 2017

Faulty fridges, broken bed frames, and conked-out cookers. Rats, filthy flooring, and sagging mattresses. Recently, refugees and asylum seekers in Halifax told…

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Dec 11 2017

“My four year old daughter was traumatised by our poor quality housing. That’s when I thought that the change starts with me.…

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Dec 05 2017

On December 4th, the Migrants Organise sewing group ran a stall at the annual Christmas Fair hosted by London’s Southbank International School.…

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Dec 02 2017

More than 300 people gathered together on the evening of Thursday, November the 30th, at a fundraiser for Migrants Organise and awareness-raising…

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Nov 13 2017

Can you imagine a bailiff entering your home and selling your possessions, to pay for essential healthcare services you should never have…

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Nov 09 2017

Our Chief Executive, Zrinka Bralo, visited London’s Queens Gate school on Monday 6th November to talk to students about refugees and migrants…

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Nov 06 2017

Neighbourhood Organiser in North Kensington Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, with regular evening and weekend working, for which time off…

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Sep 25 2017

A minor is denied support at a children’s services department. A heavily pregnant woman avoids seeking healthcare. A rough sleeper asks for…

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Aug 02 2017

reporting and photos by Azadeh Hosseini On  Wednesday 12th July Kew Gardens welcomed Migrants Organise members and provided us with 28 free tickets. We…