Volunteer with Refugees | Clapham Junction | Breaking Barriers
May
30
2:00 PM14:00

Volunteer with Refugees | Clapham Junction | Breaking Barriers

Over 70% of refugees in London are unemployed, despite being legally able to work and having the skills, aspirations and motivation to do so. At Breaking Barriers, our vision is that every refugee in London can fulfil their potential, and integrate into their new home, through employment which matches their skills and ambitions.

We are looking for Advice & Guidance Volunteers to help us achieve this goal. Could this be you?

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GDPR - are you getting it right AND Ethical frameworks for refugee & migrant data round table
Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

GDPR - are you getting it right AND Ethical frameworks for refugee & migrant data round table

Good Data Protection compliance is not just a legal obligation; it also demonstrates that an organisation takes a responsible attitude to the information it holds about the people it works for, the people it works with and the people who support the work.

Most voluntary organisations are aware of how their responsibilities changed on 25th May 2018 under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and have taken steps to comply.

At the same time, changes in the way fundraising and direct marketing are regulated mean that all charities have had to review their current practice.

Now that things have settled down it is a good opportunity to review the position, identify any gaps, learn from experience and consolidate your Data Protection practice.

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Migrant Connections Festival 2019
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Migrant Connections Festival 2019

A one day festival fostering community and solidarity through creativity and education. The festival will be another day of migrant-led workshops & performances - showcasing arts and creativity from the migrant community.

This year we are very excited to be collaborating with Grow London in Tottenham - a social enterprise that works with local communities and landowners to create spaces for gardening, learning and social life.A one day festival fostering community and solidarity through creativity and education. The festival will be another day of migrant-led workshops & performances - showcasing arts and creativity from the migrant community.

This year we are very excited to be collaborating with Grow London in Tottenham - a social enterprise that works with local communities and landowners to create spaces for gardening, learning and social life.

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Fatima Bhutto and Dina Nayeri in conversation
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Fatima Bhutto and Dina Nayeri in conversation

Join authors Fatima Bhutto and Dina Nayeri as they discuss their new books: The Runaways and The Ungrateful Refugee ahead of Refugee Week 2019.

A bold new novel from bestselling Pakistant author Fatima Bhutto, The Runaways follows the lives of three very different characters who fates cross paths in the desert attempting to escape the secrets of their past.

Dina Nayeri weaves together her own story of fleeing Iran at the age of 8 with those of refugees more recently uprooted.The Ungrateful Refugeeexplores the realities of journeying across borders in the hope of a fresh start—and the emotions involved at each stage of these deeply personal journeys, from escape to asylum and resettlement.

Both authors will discuss their new works with broadcaster and journalist Georgina Godwin. The event will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.

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ASAP Conference 2019 - Legal Routes to Asylum Support
Jun
14
9:45 AM09:45

ASAP Conference 2019 - Legal Routes to Asylum Support

This is a one day event run by the Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) titled "Legal Routes to Asylum Support".

The day will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet the ASAP team and learn about what we do

  • Learn about changes to the political context and asylum advice contracts

  • Understand the legal duties of the Home Office and Local Authorities when supporting families

  • Attend practical workshops on a range of topics

  • Find out about organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees

  • Talk to others who work with asylum seekers and refugees around the country

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London Legal Walk 2019
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

London Legal Walk 2019

  • Carey Street London, WC2A 2JB United Kingdom (map)
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SPONSOR US

On the evening of Monday June 17th over 10,000 lawyers, along with thousands of colleagues, clients and friends will be raising funds for London’s free legal advice charities at the 15th London Legal Walk.

Last year we raised £2,000 which helped to provide free legal advice to thousands of the most disadvantaged people in Lewisham and the London area.

Walk Day

The walk is 10km long. It starts and ends in Carey Street behind the Royal Courts of Justice. Teams start whenever they choose between 4p.m. and 7p.m. Entry is free but we do need all walkers to ask everyone they know to sponsor their walk.

Join Us

At Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network we are excited to be leading a team for the third year running, lead by our CEO Rosario Guimba-Stewart. If you haven’t yet joined the team, it would be great if you could join in.

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Hardly Hard to Reach: towards refugee-led mental health provision
Jun
27
9:30 AM09:30

Hardly Hard to Reach: towards refugee-led mental health provision

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and partners on the Active Lives, Healthy Mindsproject: the Account Trust (Nepali), Qoys Daryeel (Family Care, Somali), Network of Eritrean Women-UK and the Tamil Community Centre would like to invite you for our end of project conference.

We will bring together, refugee and migrant-led community organisations, community members, the voluntary sector and statutory bodies to share our learning from six years of supporting mental health and wellbeing projects with refugee and migrant communities and racialised groups in London. We will examine the intersectional impacts of asylum regimes on mental health and wellbeing.

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Happy To Host- celebrating & championing open homes for homeless migrants
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Happy To Host- celebrating & championing open homes for homeless migrants

Celebrating and championing open homes for homeless migrants across the UK

  • Are you involved in a hosting scheme for homeless migrants?

  • Do you want to connect with others responding to homelessness in this unique way?

  • Would you like to introduce anyone to hosting in an interactive and informal setting?

This summer, be part of a unique event that brings together people from across the UK to celebrate the amazing work of hosts and raise a collective voice for change.

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From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the Seventeenth Century
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the Seventeenth Century

  • Birkbeck University of London Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre (map)
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This lecture examines the ways in which Jews across Europe and Asia co-operated in helping the tens of thousands of their co-religionists displaced by the mid-seventeenth century wars in eastern Europe. A broad economic network coalesced which took money raised in communities as far distant as Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna, and Mantua and channelled it to where it was needed most - Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire, and even Iran.

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Volunteer with Refugees | Hammersmith Induction | Breaking Barriers
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer with Refugees | Hammersmith Induction | Breaking Barriers

Would you like to volunteer to support refugees into work?

Over 70% of refugees in London are unemployed, despite being legally able to work and having the skills, aspirations and motivation to do so. At Breaking Barriers, our vision is that every refugee in London can fulfil their potential, and integrate into their new home, through employment which matches their skills and ambitions.

We are launching a New Employment Support Centre in Hammersmith and we are looking for Advice & Guidance Volunteers to help launch it. Could this be you?

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May
21
3:00 PM15:00

Lewisham Migration Forum

The Lewisham Migration Forum is a cross sector forum for any group or organisation that has provision for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lewisham and for refugees and migrants themselves. The purpose of the forum is to increase partnership working in order to better meet the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lewisham. We will do this by: building closer working relationships and raising awareness about what services are available for cross referrals; identifying needs and areas of improvement in services; sharing intelligence on strategy and policy.

The Forum is currently chaired by LRMN and Voluntary Action Lewisham.

For more information and to book a place click here.

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Migration and Integration: The Case for Liberalism with Borders
May
20
6:15 PM18:15

Migration and Integration: The Case for Liberalism with Borders

The UCL Global Governance Institute (GGI) is delighted to host Professor Tom Farer on 20 May to talk about his upcoming book ‘Migration and Integration: The Case for Liberalism with Borders’. He will be joined by Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy and Relationships at British Future, who will serve as a discussant.

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Humanitarian Predicaments: Protracted Displacement and Palestinian Refugee Politics
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Humanitarian Predicaments: Protracted Displacement and Palestinian Refugee Politics

Palestinian refugees have lived in displacement, and with humanitarian assistance, for seventy years. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, this talk considers refugee lives and politics across the length and much of the breadth of Palestinian exile. The talk focus on the geography of near displacement—Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, the five fields of United Nations Relief and Works Agency [UNRWA] operations in the Middle East. It explores the intersecting, but not identical, experiences of both providers and recipients. And its tracks both the politics of humanitarianism—how it shapes subjects, alters societies, and enforces or disrupts geopolitical inequities—and politics inhumanitarianism—how people living inside this system seek to change their circumstances, make claims of various kinds, and lead their lives in ways in which they and their community see value.

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Birkbeck's Taster Day
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Birkbeck's Taster Day

  • Birkbeck, University of London, Room G01 (map)
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If you have sought sanctuary in the UK, currently have refugee, asylum seeker, DLR or Humanitarian Protection status (or any other forced migrant status) and are looking for some support and guidance on accessing higher education, we welcome you to attend our free taster day at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Refugees as Re-Builders (RRB) - Foundation Level Course II
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Refugees as Re-Builders (RRB) - Foundation Level Course II

Are you a refugee who wants to help rebuild your home country?
Enrol on our Foundation Level Course: Introduction to Facilitation Skills 
Online application deadline: midnight, 29 April 2019

Please note that this is a course of 7 one day/week sessions. To enrol you need to fill in an application at https://bit.ly/2HkDyPj

Refugees as Re-Builders course aims to empower settled refugees to contribute to their countries of origin - as well as their host countries - by giving them access to knowledge and skills they may not otherwise receive through academic studies or work experience. Its purpose is to strengthen the capability and expertise participants already possess and to provide them with opportunities to explore, discuss and reflect on their own experience. The course is designed to enable and equip participants with the resources and practical tools needed to successfully design and facilitate workshops within their diaspora communities and countries of origin.

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World Monuments Fund Britain’s Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme
May
2
11:30 AM11:30

World Monuments Fund Britain’s Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme

  • Imperial War Musuem, The Park View Room (map)
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World Monuments Fund Britain has been working in Mafraq, Jordan - twelve miles from the Syrian border - since September 2017 to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Backed by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, a £30million initiative to protect heritage in conflict affected areas of the Middle East and North Africa, the aim of the training centre is to take three problems and turn them into a solution. The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Syria, such as the ancient souk of Aleppo. The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople therefore, once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few locally to carry out restoration work. At the same time thousands sit in refugee camps, lives on hold, seeking hope. The solution: Train refugees to become the craftspeople. Give them a skill – in this case stone-masonry – to help restore their nation’s heritage. Join WMF Britain’s Executive Director, John Darlington to hear more about this remarkable programme.

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Lewisham Migration Forum - Borough of Sanctuary Consultation
Apr
11
to May 17

Lewisham Migration Forum - Borough of Sanctuary Consultation

  • Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (map)
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The Lewisham Migration Forum (LMF) is working to make Lewisham a Borough of Sanctuary that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants (RASM) can proudly call home and a place where they are welcome and safe.

LMF which is composed of over 30 organisations including Lewisham Council initiated this consultation to learn from individuals, private, public, voluntary and community organisations what a borough of sanctuary means and to solicit ideas on how we can work together to make this happen.

The survey will roughly take 7-10 minutes of your time and is anonymous. However, you can give your name if you would like to be involved in the creation of a Borough of Sanctuary.

Fill out the survey below.

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Syria in the Age of Disinformation
Mar
30
9:30 AM09:30

Syria in the Age of Disinformation

Join us on Saturday March 30th at SOAS to discuss Syria in the age of disinformation. This event is open to the public, but please make sure to register for your ticket in advance.

There has been a large number of fake news campaigns that aim to mislead the public about events taking place in Syria. In this conference we will be discussing the impact of fake news campaigns on Syrians who have been victimised. We will also shed light on the current situation in Syria as well as the inconsistent Western policy towards the Syrian crisis.

This conference consists of four panel discussions, plus an opening and a closing session. The four panel sessions will cover:
-The humanitarian response and civil society in Syria in a new phase of the conflict
-Justice for Syrians in the age of disinformation
-Towards a consistent and effective policy on Syria
-Syrian Diaspora, Why? When? What's Next?

Please note: booking one ticket allows you to access all panels in the conference.

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BEYOND BORDERS
Mar
28
to Mar 30

BEYOND BORDERS

Immerse yourself in film, discussion, art and performance on the theme of migration and refugees, as The People’s Film Club take over our Council Chamber for a mini-festival that seeks to break down borders.

Is the uncertainty of Brexit keeping you up at night? Want to take a stand against the rise in xenophobia, islamophobia, and racism we have seen in the past two years? Come and celebrate the power of grassroots activism, international solidarity and collaboration. Showcasing the collaborative work of British, European and international artists, Beyond Borders explores how we got here and where we’re heading.

All funds raised will go to refugee and migrant support projects, led by L'Auberge des Migrants and Médecins Sans Frontières.

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Lewisham Migration Forum
Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Lewisham Migration Forum

A cross sector forum for any group or organisation that has provision for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lewisham and for refugees and migrants themselves. The purpose of the forum is to increase partnership working in order to better meet the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lewisham. We do this by: building closer working relationships and raising awareness about what services are available for cross referrals; identifying needs and areas of improvement in services; sharing intelligence on strategy and policy and practical activities including two sub groups; Borough Sanctuary and an Online Information Sharing Portal

If you're interested please book your place!

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The Right to Rescue: A Human Rights Defender Framework
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Right to Rescue: A Human Rights Defender Framework

  • Arts One Lecture Theatre Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road E1 4NS (map)
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CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN RESEARCH

2018/2019 Debating Europe Seminar Series

The so-called migration crisis that Europe has witnessed in the past years has generated much political turmoil across the continent. While a great number of refugees lose their lives on sea routes or suffer due to inhumane circumstances awaiting them along the Schengen borders, European decision-makers seem to focus increasingly on defending the Union’s borders and less on protecting the lives of those arriving from other parts of the world. Should the EU have a different approach putting the lives and dignity of individuals in the focus of its attention during policy making? Is the protection of human rights and the provision of security to European citizens necessarily a zero-sum game?

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Information evening mentoring migrants in London
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

Information evening mentoring migrants in London

Migrants Organise has coordinated a successful mentoring programme for over ten years. The aim is to match volunteers with our members (refugees and migrants)  who need support to set goals to help them rebuild their lives here. Having consistent support that focuses on wellbeing, socialising as well as improving skills is a huge boots to the confidence and self-esteem of many members.

The support depends on the needs of the individual- it could be about settling into London, getting to know the local area, helping them to get a job or to volunteer etc We will help you identify needs and help you plan to meet this.

You’d need to be available for a couple of hours a week for around 6 months and happy to travel to a location convenient to your ‘match’. Travel expenses included.

They are particularly looking for male mentors for this opportunity. This is because we already have a wonderful team of female volunteers, and a few of our members would benefit from a match with a male volunteer. 

Interested? Our next induction evening in Ladbroke Grove is on Monday March 25th, email Heike@migrantsorganise.org to express your interest.

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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT PARTY
Mar
23
4:00 PM16:00

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT PARTY

Join us for our event, Freedom of Movement: A demand for open borders. A fundraiser for SOAS Detainee Support. A hell-raising party.

Organised by Global Justice Now’s youth network, Freedom of Movement is a day imagining a world without borders, a world where freedom of movement is a universal right. Expect workshops, panel discussions, poetry, theatre, live music and DJs from migrant-led activist groups, creative collectives and bands.

Speakers include:
Migrants Organise
Global Justice Now
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants

Performers include:
Jelly Cleaver - Singer-songwriter and DJ recently played on Radio 1Xtra
Fire and Ice - Provocative and innovative theatre for human rights
DJ GW Jazz - Legendary DJ in the London jazz scene

Food by Refugee Community Kitchen Hackney

We want this event to be accessible for all, so free ticket options are available for people who cannot afford a ticket. There are also £5 waged tickets and we will be encouraging those who can to donate at the event. The panel discussions will be suitable for families and people of all ages, there will be a creche for children and alcohol won’t be served. Food will be available. For the spoken word and live music, alcohol will be served so it will only be suitable for 18+.

To become a member of DIY Space for London please join here: https://membermojo.co.uk/diyspaceforlondon/

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Film screening of “Child Migrants Welcome?”, followed by panel discussion
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Film screening of “Child Migrants Welcome?”, followed by panel discussion

Come to the screening of a series of short films about the welcome and non-welcome experienced by young people who have migrated to the UK – from Syrian children on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, to Iraqi Kurdish youth in Norwich, to Eritreans in Harrow and Polish children in Sidmouth (“I really don’t understand scones!”). Hear from friends, teachers, lawyers, religious leaders, activists and therapists – as well as from the young people themselves – about the challenges faced, and often overcome. Learn about those who are campaigning for legal and safe routes to the UK of unaccompanied children in Europe as well as the implications of Brexit.

The films will be followed by a Q&A discussion led by people who feature in the films, including: Gulwali Passarlay, author of The Lightless Sky, a book about his journey as un unaccompanied minor from Afghanistan; Barbara Winton, the daughter and biographer of the late Sir Nicholas Winton (who organised the Czech and Slovak Kindertransport before the outbreak of the Second World War) and a campaigner for the rights of today’s refugees,especially children; Sue Skipper, Chair of Norwich International Youth Project; and Pat Till, a teacher of Syrian children on the Isle of Bute.

Please note that there is no step-free access to the venue for this event. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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The Past and Future of Rights Cinema
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Past and Future of Rights Cinema

  • Birkbeck Cinema 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD (map)
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The Past and Future of Rights Cinema …will focus this year on the question of rights cinema and film in the context of Africa. Launching from the publication of a new book on African Cinema and Human Rights, in the year of the 50th anniversary of the FESPACO African Film Festival in Burkino Faso, the day will centre on fiction film, documentary, essay, experimental films, and animation to discuss the relevance and difficulties of realising rights cinema in the context of Africa. Drawing on a range of films and examples, invited speakers will debate the role of cinema and media in advancing rights and how this can be done.

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WILPF UK: Voices of African Women Campaign 10th Anniversary
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

WILPF UK: Voices of African Women Campaign 10th Anniversary

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Since 1915, WILPF has brought women from across the world together. They share a vision of peace by non-violent means, promoting justice for all. In the UK, WILPF members work in branches or as individuals offering a feminist perspective to building peace. We lobby and challenge government, explore root causes of conflict and mobilise women in preventing war and building peace.

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FILM TALK | The Journey of the Others
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

FILM TALK | The Journey of the Others

At the Freedom Theater in Jenin refugee camp, the next Palestinian Intifada is brewing. A group of brave theater actors risk their lives every day to fulfill a dream they are not willing to abandon: to show their play in New York.

The Journey of the Others is a documentary directed by Jaime Villarreal Izquierdo, Jaime is a journalist and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile. He went to film school at NYU and he currently serves as the CEO of Alto Andes Production Company, where they develop and execute creative content for different media and platforms.

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LGBT & Secular Rights At Risk: A Bangladesh Perspective
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

LGBT & Secular Rights At Risk: A Bangladesh Perspective

  • Conway Hall 25, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL (map)
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Human Rights are at risk in Bangladesh. Especially, the rights of the LGBT+ community and the secular community are the most vulnerable. We want to speak on behalf of these communities and raise our voice. We want to defend their rights. We want to reach towards the wider communities and gain support through this conference.

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