There is no way you will be unaware of the current refugee crisis currently taking Europe by storm, and if you are like the majority of people I have spoken to over the past couple of weeks, there is surely no way you have not felt some form of compassion to these individuals fleeing their war torn country.
You do not need to sit at home and think “but there is nothing I can do”, as there is plenty you can do, and even the slightest action will help to make a difference (i’m not saying you need to set up a 1,000 member strong group…. although that was an incredibly fortuitous happening!).
Whether you have already donated items/money to us at Southampton Action, wanting to donate to us (but are waiting on our ability to accept more) or just stumbled upon us… here are some more ways you can make a difference, other than donating your unwanted clothes!
Make your voice heard!
Sign petitions! This takes no more than a minute to complete (provided your internet connection is fairly reasonable…) and every signature makes a difference! There is also no limit to the amount of petitions you add your name to.
Here are a just a few currently vying for the attention of the government.
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.
Are looking for Therapeutic Casework Volunteers in to support their assessments, casework and referrals to asylum seekers and refugees presenting mental well-being needs.
appealing for people to donate musical instruments to Calais. (At Southampton Action we already have several instruments, keep them coming!)
A makeshift library set up at the camp at Calais. They need more books, you can also donate money to help in buying specific books for the refugees.
Providing care to vulnerable people, advocating for rights to health.
While sending physical donations is amazing, and desperately in need, you can also donate a few of your spare pennies to charities working towards specific goals. These include helping to build temporary camps, provide in-camp education and much needed care towards the physical and mental health of the refugees.
Here are just a few of these charities.
Don’t turn a blind eye!
Just because you are sat in the comfort of your own home and the refugees are not stood on your doorstep, does not mean that it is not important and these humans do not exist.
Don’t let the media dehumanise the refugees, or affect your view!
And last but not least….
Keep up the amazing good work, and human kindness!