What can I do to help?
Lots of people have got in touch with me in the past few weeks to ask how they can help. These are just some suggestions:
Make a financial donation to one of the charities providing humanitarian aid including:
Save the Children distributing essential items such as nappies, hygiene kits and food www.savethechildren.org.uk
British Red Cross providing emergency relief www.redcross.org.uk
Medecins Sans Frontieres providing medical care including three rescue ships in the Mediterranean www.msf.org.uk
Oxfam is working in the region and has set up a specific Syria crisis appeal https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/syria
Aylan Kurdi Fund named in honour of the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi with all proceeds going to the charity Hand in Hand for Syria www.aylankurdi.com
Muslim Aid deploying teams and aid to affected regions www.muslimaid.org
CalAid a London based charity providing assistance to those living in Calais refugee camps www.calaid.co.uk
Donate books to the ‘Jungle Library’ in Calais: Having access to books and reading is something that should be available to everyone. The Library in Calais is a vital resource for thousands of people.
The Big Green Bookshop are collecting second hand books to donate to the Jungle Library in Calais. You can call the bookshop on 020 8881 6767 or send books to Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton park Road, Wood Green, N22 6BG
Sign the petitions:
1. Calling on Parliament to accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugees already in the UK: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105991
2. Supporting the Selby Trust Refugees Welcome in Haringey campaign http://www.selbytrust.co.uk/refugees-welcome-haringey-campaign
Get involved with a local support group
Join the newly formed Refugees Welcome in Haringey volunteer group https://www.facebook.com/groups/404619753070144/
Offer a home for a Syrian refugee family
Citizens UK have been campaigning for a year to get local authorities to agree to house just 50 refugees each. Many councils have expressed willing but they need appropriate homes for families. If you have a property you would be prepared to offer as a temporary home for a Syrian refugee family please add your details to their Homes for Resettled Refugees Register.