So many people across Hornsey & Wood Green have got in touch in recent weeks to express their sorrow at the desperate situation in Afghanistan and ask how they can help refugees arriving here in London.
Haringey Council have provided this information and contact for anyone wanting to assist locally: “Colleagues across the council are working on plans that will enable us to play our part in settling some of the families who are fleeing Afghanistan into our communities. Our primary focus is on the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Programme (ARAP) which is targeted at those Afghan nationals who have in some way worked for or alongside the British government in Afghanistan, alongside the Afghan Refugee Scheme as details are announced. We have a Welcome Advisory Board, chaired by Cllr Zena Brabazon, which is meeting to discuss with the community and across the council how we can maximise our support.
If residents want to help with our shared response to the Afghanistan situation we ask them to please in the first instance contact us on [email protected]
There is work already underway in Haringey to support those seeking refuge in this country for a range of reasons. If residents want to support refugees more widely these are some of the organisations the council is working with:
* Caris Haringey – Provide both practical and advocacy support to households with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). Are able to accept online donations.
* Haringey Migrant Support Centre – Provide support on immigration, housing and welfare issues. Are able to accept donation and are currently looking for volunteers.
* Migrants Organise – A UK wide campaigning organisation helping to support the voices of migrants and refugees. Are not currently looking for volunteers but do accept donations.
* Haringey Welcome – A local campaigning group. Volunteer enquiries and donations can be made online.
* Living Under One Sun – Tottenham based community organisation. Donations can be made online.
Afghanistan Evacuation: my letter to the Foreign Secretary
I have serious concerns about the Government’s ongoing handling of the evacuation of British nationals and eligible Afghans following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the departure of UK and US troops.
Over the past weeks my office has been inundated with desperate pleas for help from constituents and their families, and despite every effort it has been almost impossible to get clear information. It is clear that many of the people who have contacted me are still in Kabul, and there are several pertinent questions which demand an urgent answer from this Government.
Read my full letter to the Foreign Secretary here: