Choose Love Refugee Week creative activities

This Refugee Week (14-20 June) we want to fill our windows, streets and classrooms with messages of welcome!

Choose Love kids’ and school activities

Refugee Week activity pack

We’ve put together some simple creative activities for children to do either at school or at home. These activities are mainly designed for younger children, but we’ve included some ideas for older children too. The focus is on compassion, kindness and showing welcome to those who need it.

Download the Choose Love Refugee Week resource pack (pdf).


choose love t shirt stencilChoose Love and Choose Welcome stencils

Make your very own I CHOOSE WELCOME and CHOOSE LOVE tees, bags or artworks with our free to download, create-your-own stencils. Download large choose love and choose welcome stencils (pdf) or small choose love and choose welcome stencils (pdf), ideal for kids’ tees!


Choose love colouring in sheetChoose Love colouring in sheet

Join us and colour in your own beautiful design – share your creation on your socials, or display it in your window. Show the world that you choose love. Download a PDF to print out and colour in now.


If you and your little ones enjoy these activities, please consider making a donation to help us continue the work we do. Alternatively, at our Choose Love store you could buy the education for children item, which will help provide school bags, pencils, textbooks and access to education – helping children forced to flee their homes to reach their potential.

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Independent Schools Summer Fair

We’re incredibly excited to be the charity partner for this year’s Independent Schools Show Summer Fair.



Held at Hurlingham Club in London on 22nd June, the fair is designed to help London parents consider all the options as they plan their child’s future.

We will have a stall at the fair selling Choose Love merchandise and sharing information about our work.


Online talks are free for parents to watch. Family Tickets for the Fair cost £25 – 100% of ticket sales (minus transaction fees) will support Choose Love projects around the world.


For more information visit: schoolsshow.co.uk

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Lebanon Funding Open Call

We are incredibly proud to be part of a group of organisations coming together to fund refugee-led initiatives in Lebanon.

Together, we’re holding an open call to support small-scale, refugee-led initiatives in Lebanon. We welcome applications from projects working with communities of both newcomers and locals to address humanitarian needs and enable the promotion and realisation of fundamental rights.

Please read our call for proposals in detail before applying. 

Eligible organisations can apply for a grant in the range of $5,000 to $80,000 for either core costs or project support. Applications must be submitted via this form (ArabicEnglish), clearly laying out the proposed activities’ scope, intent and what would be achieved with the funding (written in either English, Arabic, or French).

Applications will close at 12:00am Beirut Time on Friday 11th June, 2021. 

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Unaccompanied children are being failed on France’s borders

Every child deserves safety. But in France unaccompanied children are being dangerously failed.

Unaccompanied children seeking safety in France should be given the same care and protection as a child born in France – but this new report shows that this is simply not happening.

From appalling living conditions to police violence, the basic rights of children are being violated each and every day.

The report presents the following recommendations to the French authorities:

  • Any unaccompanied child arriving at France’s borders must be admitted to the territory unconditionally and must be able to benefit from effective care and protection;
  • Children who are at risk must effectively and unconditionally benefit from child protection services; special attention should be paid to children who are potentially unaware of the concept of “minority” (namely a person under 18) and the right to be protected;
  • Anyone self-declaring as a minor must be presumed as such and protected until proven otherwise, and their minority should only be disputed by a court order;
  • During the procedures, unaccompanied children must be guaranteed access to clear and understandable information in a language that they understand, and to the effective exercise of their rights (ad hoc support by an administrator in the cases provided for by law, right to an interpreter, right to care, right to seek asylum, etc.);
  • There is an urgent need to guarantee the right of every child to join or be joined by a family member if it is in their best interests;
  • An appropriate mechanism to detect, identify, refer and support victims of trafficking, whether presumed or proven, should be put in place alongside regular training for the competent authorities;
  • There must be an immediate and definite end to the detention – in any shape or form – of unaccompanied children at the borders and throughout the whole of French territory;
  • Unaccompanied children must be effectively protected from any expulsion procedures that could endanger them.

Read the full report here.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Programme Manager

PROGRAMME MANAGER

 

Application deadline: 9am, 14th May.

Choose Love seeks a Programmes Manager to support the organisation’s programmatic efforts, including grants management and donor reporting. 

 

About Choose Love

Our Vision: a world that chooses love and justice every day for everyone.

Our Mission: we do whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people globally.

 

  • Do work that inspires. Every day at Choose Love is an opportunity to make a real, tangible difference to the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Collaborate with creative, exciting people that really care. Work with friendly, smart, dedicated people for whom this is more than a job – it’s a passion.
  • Be part of a brave, innovative start-up spirit. We’re a young organisation with big ambition. We’re nimble, always learning and not afraid to take risks.

 

About the role

This is a brand new role, created to work closely with the Head of Programmes. The Programmes Manager will be highly flexible and adaptive, able to jump in and out of projects as needed, with strong project management and highly effective administration skills. The Programmes Manager will report to the Head of Programmes.

 

Grant Administration (Grantees and Donors)

  • Work closely with partners and our compliance team to track documentation needed for granting to partner organisations.
  • Support development and maintain grants tracker tool to track grant start and end dates, reporting deadlines, etc.
  • Draft Memorandum of Understandings between Choose Love and partner organisations.
  • Gather paperwork from Choose Love Partners for due diligence and compliance.
  • Draft and edit grant documents from partners.
  • Maintaining the schedule for reporting to donors.
  • Narrative reporting to donors – capturing the work of our implementing partners.
  • Support with developing proposals for donors to Choose Love.

 

Relationship Management 

  • Support the Deputy CEO and Head of Programmes in ongoing relationship management of new and existing partners.
  • Participate in partner calls and track key takeaways and action items to share internally.
  • Lead on check-ins with existing, long-term partners.
  • Respond to ad hoc needs arising from partners – including clarification/support on application process and support with reporting.
  • Maintain up-to-date understanding of the needs of partners.

 

Internal Communications 

  • Contribute to the flow about partner activities / asks to the rest of the team, including presentations on team calls and email updates to the team.
  • Support the ELT with information to feed back to the board about Programmes work.
  • Capture information on specific contexts and summarise quickly and efficiently to the Communications team, as well as for external stakeholders / funders.

 

Line Management

  • Line managing Programmes Assistant

 

About you

  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant experience (e.g. programme manager, grant manager, etc.); previous experience working with nonprofits strongly preferred.
  • Interested and engaged in the issues of forced migration and humanitarian response  strongly preferred.
  • Self-started with proven ability to take direction and work independently, using initiative.
  • Excellent writing, editing, grammatical, and analytical skills.
  • Strong drive and adaptability to work effectively across a broad range of cultural/geographic areas.
  • Capable and willing to be flexible and move from one project to another as need dictates, with a focus on reactive or short term work.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks while ensuring quality output.
  • Acute attention to detail and able to juggle multiple projects.
  • Proven ability to oversee a wide portfolio of projects and to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Ability and strong desire to work collaboratively.

 

Equal opportunities

We work in a spirit of solidarity with our partners, communities, and beneficiaries without compromising the need for safety and protection. We seek to protect the rights and uphold the dignity and humanity of all those whom we reach. We recognise and respect individuals’ capacity: we see them as actors in their own development, and we encourage their engaged participation in our work.

 

Choose Love is an equal opportunity and merit employer, offering employment to suitable individuals who exhibit and are willing to ascribe to our mission and values. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. That’s regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. 

 

Salary: £35,000 – £45,000

Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing why you would like to be considered for this role to jobs@choose.love.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Head of Safeguarding

HEAD OF SAFEGUARDING

 

Application deadline: 9am, 18th June.

Job Role: To provide strategic leadership and direction on all Choose Love’s safeguarding activity.

 

In this recently created role, Choose Love is looking for an experienced Head of Safeguarding to lead, implement and oversee our UK and international safeguarding strategy. You will ensure that our safeguarding policies and their implementation are comprehensive, robust and effective, and serve to keep all those with whom Choose Love has contact informed, empowered and safe.

 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will work across both our UK and International contexts, building on our existing safeguarding architecture and approaches and leading on our strategy to keep people safe.

 

This exciting opportunity has significant influence. The post holder will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and has accountability at board level. You will manage Choose Love’s team of safeguarding specialists and lead on work with our UK and international operating partners to ensure that safeguarding principles – as expressed in its policies – are integrated into organisational culture, function effectively and are supported by good governance, staff supervision and management.

 

Choose Love

Choose Love started in August 2015 as a hashtag that called for donations for refugees in Calais. Within a week, it had raised 56,000 and was soon receiving 7,000 items every day. Within five years Choose Love had developed a corporate funding base and was supporting over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and on the US-Mexico border. Our work now reaches over one million people – all powered by the hard work, dedication and love of over 35,000 volunteers. This growth has been accompanied by institutional change and organisational growth and development. In 2021, following a period of reviews and consultation, it introduced a suite of safeguarding policies.

 

As Head of Safeguarding, you will create and foster a safeguarding culture that embeds learning, facilitates safe reporting, prevents harm and ensures that we and our grantees do all we can to meet our obligations to be accountable to all those with whom we have contact. You will ensure the effectiveness of procedures and processes for responding to all safeguarding concerns received by Choose Love. In addition, you will:

 

  • Ensure that standards of safeguarding are maintained across all directly delivered programmes and activities.
  • Develop and implement a programme of support and assurance for partners, to ensure that suitable safeguarding arrangements are in place across all Choose Love’s programmes and activities and those that are delivered by others in our name, and those who receive grant funding from Choose Love
  • Provide support to the safer recruitment process to ensure that all those appointed to act on Choose Love’s behalf are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Deploy globally to support partners in the investigation of safeguarding breaches or act as a tactical advisor to those conducting such investigations. You will do this in liaison with Prism the Gift Fund, which is a a registered charity responsible for the governance of Choose Love.

 

You will have a relevant qualification in a safeguarding related field and/or a minimum of two years professional training/experience in preventing, detecting, and responding to sexual abuse and exploitation. You will also have sound knowledge and experience of survivor centred approaches in the management of safeguarding concerns reported to CL and/or its partners in the field. You should also have substantial experience of managing and supervising staff engaging in safeguarding casework, preferably with a focus on child and / or vulnerable adult safeguarding or working in vulnerable communities. In addition, you will have:

 

  • Extensive experience of safeguarding case work, liaison with statutory partners and the management of organizational responses.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of safeguarding in varied settings, preferably with experience of working in/adapting to differing legal jurisdictions.
  • Proven experience of investigating allegations of abuse against children and vulnerable adults or other areas of sexual misconduct.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of strategy development and implementation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience of training or public speaking.

 

At Choose Love, we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all those with whom we have contact, especially refugee children and vulnerable adults. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children, vulnerable adults and displaced communities and are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

 

Suitability for the role

  • With extensive knowledge of safeguarding children and/ or adults at risk of abuse and Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) in the UK and internationally, you will have demonstrable experience of developing and implementing measures to keep people safe from abuse and harm (safeguarding) and misconduct and bullying in a complex organisation.
  • Your safeguarding decision-making processes are informed, rigorous and timely. You exercise effective delegation where this is appropriate based on situational risk-assessments You put in place safeguarding management systems and monitor them.
  • You are an inspirational leader with excellent judgement, diplomacy and decision-making skills, with proven ability to analyse complex issues, draw conclusions and make clear recommendations. You have experience of directly leading and managing a team of safeguarding focal points; focused on developing, supporting and motivating people to work at their very best.
  • You will be experienced in overseeing responses to serious and often traumatic incidents; ensuring that the right people are involved, good decisions are made, and appropriate actions taken with learning shared and incorporated in policy reviews.
  • You will be confident in your ability to develop corporate strategies, delivering on associated, planned objectives having previously operated at a senior level in a large and complex organisation that works in a political and contested public space. You use insight and evidence to report to and brief at Board and Executive level.
  • You are committed to the values of Choose Love and to upholding the organisation’s fundamental principles and act with integrity.

 

Benefits

Salary: £50,000 – £60,000

  • Working location flexibility
  • 30 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays) – pro rata for part time working
  • Up to 8% contributory pension (employer plus employee)
  • Flexible working policy
  • Opportunities for personal development.

 

Equal opportunities

We work in a spirit of solidarity with our partners, communities, and beneficiaries without compromising the need for safety and protection. We seek to protect the rights and uphold the dignity and humanity of all those whom we reach. We recognise and respect individuals’ capacity: we see them as actors in their own development, and we encourage their engaged participation in our work.

 

Choose Love is an equal opportunity and merit employer, offering employment to suitable individuals who exhibit and are willing to ascribe to our mission and values. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. That’s regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. 

 

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to jobs@choose.love

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Safeguarding at Choose Love

We’re aware of recent social media posts making references to safeguarding and other concerns relating to Choose Love, and understand the disquiet this may cause to our partners, friends and supporters. We have taken the decision not to engage in discussions on social media, as this is not an appropriate forum for addressing safeguarding issues. We continue to encourage a dialogue privately and via official pathways.

In all safeguarding matters, Choose Love follows robust internal procedures. Serious incidents are always reported to Prism, our accountable body, which in turn, informs the Charity Commission. We will always act on recommendations within the scope allowed by the findings of investigations and reviews.  

We are committed to protecting the people we work with, and for, and have invested heavily in strengthening safeguarding structures within the organisation. Over the last year, we have: 

  • Developed a new safeguarding framework, including safeguarding, whistleblowing, risk management, governance and accountability policies and a Code of Conduct for staff.
  • Developed thorough reporting routes, including timelines for investigations.
  • Appointed focal point roles throughout the organisation for each geography, to be the first point of contact for safeguarding issues raised for partners.
  • Newly appointed a Lead Director for Safeguarding.
  • Ensured all staff have had safeguarding training, with additional training for Focal Points and Executive Leadership Team.
  • Built safeguarding into all of our recruitment processes, with the Executive Leadership Team undertaking safer recruitment training.

We have clear systems and procedures in place to respond to any concern or complaints, and will always respond professionally and with integrity to any concern that is reported to us via our official reporting routes. 

In the first instance, concerns or complaints should be emailed to safeguarding@choose.love. Any dissatisfaction with our response can be reported to Prism the Gift Fund, our accountable body, via the contact details in our Safeguarding Policy.


Key contacts and policies

If you are unhappy with any aspect of Choose Love’s work, find out how to take action using our Complaints Procedure.

If you have concerns or would like to report a safeguarding issue, you can read our full Safeguarding Policy or speak to our Safeguarding Lead via safeguarding@choose.love.

A detailed version of our safeguarding reporting routes is available here. To receive the full suite of policies in our safeguarding framework, or to report a safeguarding concern about our work, please contact us on safeguarding@choose.love.

Our Whistleblowing Policy is for use by people working at all levels of the organisation, including all employees, volunteers, freelancers and consultants to disclose information which relates to suspected wrongdoing or dangers at work.

Finally, our Code of Conduct sets out our expectations and guiding principles for appropriate behaviour at all levels of the organisation and in all the environments in which we work.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Choose Love Representative – Lebanon

CHOOSE LOVE REPRESENTATIVE – LEBANON

 

Application deadline: 9am, 29th March.

 

About Choose Love

Our mission is to do whatever it takes to identify, close, and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people. We work fast, flexibly, and creatively to provide what is needed today, not tomorrow. Prioritising local knowledge and lived experience, we partner with organizations working along key migration routes. This approach enables us to work in spaces where others cannot – or choose not to – act. We fundraise for these organizations, supporting them to build their capacity and meet needs at three key stages: 1) emergency response, 2) daily survival, and 3) securing futures. 

 

Alongside our work with partners, we use our platform to share experiences, information, and our partners’ voices. We campaign for the rights of refugees and displaced people to seek safety, often with a focus on unaccompanied refugee children. We aim to change the public narrative around forced migration so that people on the move do not face hostility and discrimination but are met instead with love. Ultimately, we work towards the day when our organization can cease to exist.

 

We currently have 5 partner organizations in Lebanon, and are looking to increase this number in the coming months.

 

Purpose of the consultancy

1. To support people on the move in Lebanon by filling gaps in service provision along the route, and capacity-building services.

2. Provide information and briefings to support Choose Love fundraising efforts

3. Understand and advise how ChooseLove can be most effective in the region.

 

Key areas of services

Context analysis and representation

  • Understand and provide feedback on both the national and regional context
  • Network, develop and maintain effective working relationships to enhance cooperation and coordination among organizations.
  • Represent Choose Love, to the extent allowed under the Agreement, at inter-agency working groups in Lebanon, where appropriate
  • Occasionally participate in report writing and in proposal writing relevant to the operation and context in the region.
  • Have an understanding of the protection mechanisms existing to support displaced groups
  • Host visits for the Choose Love team, donors, journalists and key stakeholders.

 

Grant management and funding

  • Suggest the allocation of resources based on needs, local developments and strategic direction.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of partner projects.
  • Maintain regular contact and build trusted relationships with partner projects.
  • Support partners where it is welcomed / needed – this includes capacity building, operational support and advice, etc. 
  • Ensure timely submission of project reports by coordinating with partners.
  • Organize training sessions for partners when necessary. 
  • Provide feedback regarding any safeguarding concerns connected to Choose Love partner organizations or situations in the field that implicate Choose Love partners/result in any immediate risk of harm or danger.

 

External communication

  • Work with the campaigns and communications teams to raise awareness of the situation in Lebanon, and issues affecting partners.
  • Be a point of contact for media and communications when required – this includes gaining permission from partners for media.

 

Details

  • This role will be on a consultancy basis for 6 months, with a day rate of $150 offered (approx. 3 days a week)
  • The Agreement will be with Choose Love Inc., a US 501c3
  • The role will be managed by the co-Head of Programmes, based in London
  • Applicants with lived experience of displacement are strongly encouraged to apply

 

Equal opportunities

We work in a spirit of solidarity with our partners, communities, and beneficiaries without compromising the need for safety and protection. We seek to protect the rights and uphold the dignity and humanity of all those whom we reach. We recognise and respect individuals’ capacity: we see them as actors in their own development, and we encourage their engaged participation in our work.

Choose Love Inc is an equal opportunity and merit employer, offering employment to suitable individuals who exhibit and are willing to ascribe to our mission and values. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. That’s regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. 

Download this Job Description here.

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A letter to the people of the UK – from a former resident of Napier barracks

This is a message to the UK from a former residents of the Napier barracks. At their request, we are honoured to share it here.

 

Dear People of the UK,

You may know me from the letters which were written on behalf of the Napier barracks residents. I am now outside of the camp and cannot talk on behalf of my other friends. However, I personally would like to say a few important things about what I have seen and learnt during my stay at Napier Barracks and the United Kingdom.

I was moved to Napier Barracks in October 2020. Being in an unhygienic, prison-like place with so many people from different backgrounds and traumatic experiences living with each other, can affect anyone mentally. Moreover, by sharing a block with 28 people each and 2 toilets and showers in total, it is obvious your physical health can also deteriorate from Covid-19 and any other kind of contagious diseases.

400 people had to share their dining room and bedrooms together, which subsequently made half of the population become infected with Covid-19. Apart from the effect on their physical health, vulnerable people who fled war and persecution had to bear the prison-like atmosphere of the camp. Victims of torture, hostility and aggression had no mental support or access to a specialist or someone who at least is trained to deal with vulnerable asylum seekers. One nurse on site was for sure not adequate for all the 400 residents, and asylum seekers were relying on painkillers to calm their dental pains and any other pain.

The lack of information has also been a great cause of frustration. No one knows for how long you are going to be there. And when you will receive an update about your asylum process.

Our complaints have always fallen on deaf ears. Several peaceful protests, one hunger strike and so many suicidal attempts were not important enough to catch the Home Office’s attention. Over time, residents became more and more depressed and distressed. Everyone lost their motivation to socialise with one another.

I was tested positive with more than 170 other residents in January. No one checked on me to ask if I am alright or if I need any medication. Isolation was impossible and people were not able to ask for vitamins or anything that can help them to improve their immune system. I had severe pain in my chest, ribs and head for a week. Having fever, shivering at nights and being fatigued and completely energyless were other symptoms that I experienced.

The fire made the conditions even worse, with two full days and nights without power, heating and hot water. The conditions were so unbearable that everyone was suffering. Sleeping in your cold and dark bedroom for two nights was agony.

Two weeks before the inspection by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration took place, I and many other residents were moved out, including those who spoke English. There are currently fewer than 50 residents still there, who remain in limbo, feeling increasingly hopeless.

It seems that the attitude that asylum seekers are currently experiencing in the UK is due to some politicians’ view of immigrants which are either ignorant or discriminative. They are spreading misinformation across the country to their citizens, students and children. I would like to raise some points about their statements.

Firstly, there is no such a thing as an ‘illegal immigrant’. When your life is in danger, you cannot just go to an embassy or sit behind your laptop and apply for a visa – which is almost impossible to get for non-privileged European citizens – and then simply book a flight ticket and come to the UK. You have no other choice but to leave everything behind and go to another country which can protect you.

However, there are also people who came to the UK to study, to visit their family members or to work and then faced problems in their own country, which made them unable to go back; and then they had to claim asylum, as persecution and punishment, and in many cases, torture, would be an expected consequence for them on their arrival back in their country. Some people also do manage to apply for a visa as they have a different economic status or have enough time to flee. I have seen so many asylum seekers in the camp who came to the UK with a visa and not by boats: we all suffered from the same vile and hostile policies.

Although the UK is one of the European countries which hosts asylum seekers, the numbers are not that remarkable in comparison to other countries in Europe. While Germany and France receive more than 100K asylum applications, Greece and Spain more than 70K, the United Kingdom received 29,456 asylum applications last year (an 18% drop from the previous year). Yet this is being discussed as if this country is having a migration crisis and the asylum system is broken. I think the UK could learn from other European countries which are hosting much larger populations of asylum seekers, about how to handle so many asylum applications; and also, about avoiding significant problems about how the asylum seekers are treated or how their asylum accommodation is. But it is of course cheaper for the government to follow the Australian approach which is condemned by all international bodies as being completely inhumane.

People seeking asylum, like all the members of a community, will contribute to the society that gave them safety, freedom and refuge. Some of them may become a professor at a Scottish university; some of them will study and choose to have a professional, insightful career and choose to contribute to the society and economy. Discriminating against them and making them suffer will subsequently affect the next generation of this country. Words do matter. Asylum seekers are not invaders, criminals, savages or ‘illegals’. They are humans like you, but with a different background. They did not have the privilege to be born in a safe, free and democratic country and when you have it for free, with no effort – just by the place you were born in – it is easy to blame them for the things that they have not been responsible for.

It is truly shocking, that now in 2021, in a country like the UK that the government is promoting the xenophobic and racist side of its country which is surely not the majority of the people’s way of thinking: a country, in which 50% of its capital’s population is not originally British. Just imagine how this kind of attitude from the Home Office, the propaganda of Nigel Farage and Britain First can affect the people who are originally immigrant, and how their safety and rights will be preserved, after such spreading of hatred and bias.

By making these points, I want to urge everyone to be sensitive about what has been happening to the asylum seekers now. It is not just about the people seeking asylum, it is about how the politicians think about immigrants. When it comes to disrespecting a human’s dignity and decency, everyone must know that there is no end to it, and that others can be next. Because this view of immigrants is not about seeing you as a human. It is about the passport you hold, the language you speak, the religion you practise and your hair and skin colour. It is about being in a hierarchy, and if you are not already, you are going to be the next victim sooner or later.

I hear politicians repeatedly saying that the United Kingdom has a proud history of protecting the vulnerable people, but the question is; will the United Kingdom have a proud future of protecting those who are in need? Will the students and children of this country be proud or ashamed by what has been happening now?

 


While the UK government continues to meet people seeking safety with hostility, we’re supporting groups across the UK to provide everything from food and mental health support, to community spaces, specialised LGBTQ+ support and training. If you can, please support the heroic groups giving the welcome all people deserve

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Take action to #CloseTheBarracks

Over 7,500 people joined our call for the Barracks to be closed and people to be moved to safe, decent accommodation. While we saw genuine concern and supportive words from some MPs, many continued to defend these indefensible conditions.

We are sorry to say that we have now heard the alarming news that there are plans to move more people into Napier Barracks on the 2nd April.

We simply cannot accept this and we need you help to increase pressure on MPs and ensure that the Government #CloseTheBarracks!

We’re coordinating with a national movement of organisations and are calling for a day of action on 19 March. We’re asking you to follow-up with your MP again and ask for a virtual meeting  to convince them that this cruel and dangerous lack of empathy must stop – and that true, safe housing is the only solution.

You don’t need to be an expert, know the difference between the House of Commons and House of Lords, or have done anything like this before. All you need is a big heart, and to speak from it.

You’ll find all the resources and support you need right here and we’ll run a webinar on the week of the 19th to explain effective ways to talk to your MP.

Resources:

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