Five practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe|More than 350,000 signed petition for Britain to take its fair share of Europe’s refugees — Independent Co UK

As the crisis affecting thousands of people worsens, here’s what you can do

More than 350,000 of you have signed our petition for Britain to take its fair share of Europe’s refugees, and it looks like David Cameron has listened.
But there is still a huge amount of work to be done before desperate people fleeing war and persecution will really feel there is a safe place for them in the UK.
As European leaders continue to disagree over the best way to deal with the growing humanitarian crisis, here is what you can do next to help at home.

Keep making your voice heard

The Independent’s petition for Britain to accept its fair share of refugees
Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK
80 Syrian war refugees are waiting in Calais for their rightful and legal asylum in the UK
Create a compassionate Euro-wide policy to deal with refugee migrants
End the Calais crisis
We are willing to house Syrian refugees
Refugees Welcome (split by postcode into local petitions)
Resettle Syrian refugees in the US

A displaced Syrian child is viewed in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley 

A displaced Syrian child is viewed in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley

Volunteer, donate, collect

International Rescue Committee: US-based charity with opportunities to volunteer around the world including mentoring refugee families and helping them find jobs
Refugee council: looking for Therapeutic Casework Volunteers in to support their assessments, casework and referrals to asylum seekers and refugees presenting mental wellbeing needs
Citizens UK: a scheme where people can volunteer as much of their time or resources as they want, but especially to lobby local councils on behalf of refugees
Calais Migrant Solidarity: organising aid from the UK to those stranded in Calais. Includes details to find local groups for clothes collections and donations here and a UK-based Facebook group
Doctors of the World: providing care to vulnerable people, advocating for rights to health
Music Against Borders: appealing for people to donate musical instruments to Calais
The Jungle Library: makeshift library set up at the camp at Calais. They need more books
‘Childhood bags’: fundraising to take books, toys and warm clothes to children
Folkestone United: organising protests, taking donated goods to Calais in September
Avaaz.org: lobbying local councils, providing language support, housing refugees
Migrant Offshore Aid Station: dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea
Sawa for development and aid: working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Read more, view many photos and watch videos on: 
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