Act

Many individual and organisation in England have been moved to act by the refugee crisis. All of the organisations listed here are jointly tackling a huge issue in a variety of different ways. On this page you can find ways to help them, and be reassured and invigorated by what is happening in response to this modern humanitarian crisis.

Maria Skobstova House

A house in Calais run by Brother Johannes, for vulnerable refugees and migrants in the Calais area. A central hub for donations. The focus of much of our efforts in Calais. Funding and practical goods are most in need, as well as experienced organisers to work with the people there. You can donate here, or see Neighbours in Poplar for how to give goods.

Neighbours in Poplar

Sr Christine goes over to the Maria Skobsova House once a month with donations, and to help organise things.

 Currently there is a need for off cuts to make clothes, art materials, board games, small men’s t-shirts and boxers, rucksacks, washing powder, cooking oil and men’s toiletries. These can be dropped off at 
St. Mathias, 113 Poplar High St., London E14 0AE – opposite the DLR Poplar Station.

CSAN

What they are doing- continuing to work with the government and organisations to advocate for the plight of refugees, particularly the dubs amendment for unaccompanied minors.

Seeking Sanctuary

Are a small organisation promoting awareness of migrants near our shores and all lone children, also providing humanitarian assistance to exiles, especially those stranded in Northwest France. 
They ocassionaly made trips across to France with donations, visit their website for more details on how to help.

Diocese of Southwark Justice and Peace
Help to coordinate the response of the Diocese of Southwark, visit thier website for more information and to find out what is happening in your area.  

Diocese of Canterbury (Anglican)

The Diocese of Canterbury will be hosting collections of clothes and toiletries for Seeking Sanctuary. The dates of when these are take place can be found here. 

Westminster Justice and Peace

Westminster Justice and Peace have been working with migrants and refuges in Calais for a very long time, they are currently running a fundraising appeal to support the work of Maria Skobtsova House.

Bishops Conference of England and Wales

The CBCEW are coodinating the response of the Catholic Bishops, in the pastoral work they can do. The CBCEW has also offered to support a March of Solidarity. 

 

What should I donate?

There is a need for donations of food and clothing, but that does not mean all food and clothing will be accepted. the following is a list of things that are particularly needed. This list will be updates as and when needs change. 
If you want to donate to Seeking Sanctuary, Neighbours in Poplar or any of the other organisations above, please check this list first. There is limited access to storage space, so if you have things you wish to give to a good home, but they arn't on this list, try a local charity shop 

Jeans (size 32 and 34 waist),
Trainers,
Blankets and sleeping bags,
Toiletries for both men and women,
Books and games,
Religious books including Bibles,
Cooking Utensils.
non-perishable food
Walking boots

 

 

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