How Westminster residents can help refugee families

Helping refugee families

If you feel you could make a financial contribution, however large or small, please contact the following organisations.

Refugee Council : A donation of £100 could pay for the education and travel for two children for a week.

Save the Children : a donation of £50 could buy two hygiene kits including soap, towels and toothbrushes.

International Rescue Committee : Supporting people in crisis

British Red Cross : A donation of £30 could buy 28 mats to help Syria refugees cope with the cold.

Islamic Relief : Three families could be fed for a month on a donation of £210, the charity says, while just £35 can feed a family for two weeks.

Médecins Sans Frontières : The humanitarian agency has three rescue ships in the Mediterranean.

Migrant Offshore Aid Station : The charity runs independent boats to rescue migrants.

Aylan Kurdi Fund : A fund named after the drowned boy whose pictures emerged in the media. All proceeds will go to the humanitarian agency Hand in Hand for Syria.

Migrant Offshore Aid Station: The charity provides assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessel

Unicef: A donation of £9 could provide an emergency water kit. The UN’s children’s charity also provides life-saving supplies such as clean water, medicine and psychological support.

It is not only cash that can help.

  • The crowd funded campaign Calais Compassion is urging supporters to donate in any way they can. It has put together a list of needed items and will be running a drop-off centre for items in Wimpole Street, Marylebone later this month on 17th and 19th September. They will then be taking the items to Calais in October.
  • A Facebook group Music Against Borders is looking for musical instruments for migrant musicians in Calais.
  • Refugee Action is offering to take old cars as donations. It says the last scrap car it took raised £126 for refugees. It is also looking for old mobile phones and even printer cartridges.

We will post further information as we get it

Councillor Adam Hug, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

“Westminster Council needs to build on the huge outpouring of goodwill from Westminster’s residents to help deliver practical action in response to this devastating humanitarian crisis. The council needs to put pressure on the owners of long-term empty homes, to coordinate with residents offering their homes or spare rooms and work with Westminster’s businesses and voluntary sector groups who want to play their part. Westminster must work with other local councils and national government to deliver a coordinated response but this must not be an excuse for inaction from one of the country’s richest boroughs.”

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