“A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Europe of the like not seen since the Second World War. Camden Council is committing to resettle up to 20 refugee families in the borough. We are working with Citizens UK, the Refugee Council, local organisations and other local authorities to offer what help we can to families who are finding themselves in this desperate situation.
Camden has a long history of helping refugees and we know there are many people in the borough who want to do something to help.
We have already had offers of support from local residents, landlords and local organisations – if you want to join them, there are many things you can do.
We have set up a Facebook page to help share ideas and information about organisations locally and nationally who you can help by donating your money, time or practical things like clothing – visit the page, share it with your networks and post information there to help spread the word and tell us how you could help. https://www.facebook.com/events/419141928278600/.
How can I help?
- Are you a private landlord with a property to let? Get in touch with us if you would be interested in providing help.
- Would you be interested in fostering? Contact our fostering team or visit Camden.gov.uk/fostering for more information on how to be become a foster carer.
- Are you part of a local organisation who could support refugees? Please get in touch and tell us how.
- We know that a lot of people have been offering to give spare rooms. We are looking into the feasibility of such suggestions but it is likely that this won’t be possible for newly arrived refugees who need more sustainable long-term support.
- If anyone is interested in doing something similar, please give us your details and we will update you once we have more information.
March on Saturday
At 12pm on Saturday 12 September, thousands of people across the country will march from Marble Arch to Downing Street to show their support for refugees affected by this crisis. At 10:30am we are inviting local people and organisations to meet at Camden Town Hall on Judd Street to walk down to Marble Arch together. We want to demonstrate the support in place in the Camden community.
If you are from a local organisation and can offer support to refugees in some way join us at 11am to talk to local councillors and others about your ideas.
Contact us on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/419141928278600/. or email my office on Eloise.email@example.com and we will keep you up to date as the situation progresses.”
There is a list of frequently asked questions on the Camden council website.
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