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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

Hope In Unity: With support from Poet Ben Okri, North Kensington Youth Remember Grenfell

Hope In Unity: With support from Poet Ben Okri, North Kensington Youth Remember Grenfell

Jul 10 2018

On June 14th, one year since the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower, the people of North Kensington came onto the streets to…

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In our latest staff blog, Eleanor Weber-Ballard, Communications Coordinator at Migrants Organise, describes how international workers are crucial to the functioning of…

MPs Not Border Guards Campaign with Global Justice Now

MPs Not Border Guards Campaign with Global Justice Now

Jun 26 2018

Guest blog by Ed Lewis Global Justice Now’s Groups Officer  Last Saturday we witnessed a chilling upsurge of the far right on our…

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A Welcome Walk: Migrants Organise Covers 10km to Support Community Programme

A Welcome Walk: Migrants Organise Covers 10km to Support Community Programme

May 29 2018

We did it! On Monday 21 May, Migrants Organise staff, volunteers, members and supporters traversed 10km across the capital as part of…

Speaking Out: Migrant Communities in Peterborough Unite Against Hate

Speaking Out: Migrant Communities in Peterborough Unite Against Hate

May 23 2018

Over the past few months, a small but significant shift has been taking place amongst migrant communities in Peterborough. People from diverse…

We’re Doing the London Legal Walk – And We Need Your Help to Reach Our Fundraising Target!

We’re Doing the London Legal Walk – And We Need Your Help to Reach Our Fundraising Target!

May 17 2018

On Monday, 21 May, Migrants Organise staff, volunteers, members and supporters will be participating in the London Legal Walk, an annual initiative organised by…

Building Power for a Better Society: Community Organising Against Hate

Building Power for a Better Society: Community Organising Against Hate

May 11 2018

By Sian Drinkwater. I come from a political family where there’s always been a lot of discussion about injustice and inequality in…

‘My Voice, My Vote’: Supporting Political Participation in North Kensington

‘My Voice, My Vote’: Supporting Political Participation in North Kensington

May 02 2018

North Kensington, where Migrants Organise has been based for the past 25 years, is a diverse area with a strong community spirit.…

Amnesty, Not Apology: Regularisation of Immigration Status as the Answer to Hostile Environment

Amnesty, Not Apology: Regularisation of Immigration Status as the Answer to Hostile Environment

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