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
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
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