We identify people with good ideas and help them build capacity for peaceful responses to forced displacement. This Asset Based Community Development approach seeks to help people with creative solutions flourish. Some of the projects we have been pleased to support and build include:
The Solidarity and Support Network (SSUN) provides psychological support for volunteers working in Calais or Dunkirk who do not receive the training and debriefingsupport that would be expected from more established agencies who send people to humanitarian crises. We helped in the creation of SSUN in 2016 and continue to support its new coordinator with reviewing the scope of SSUN support, liaising with agencies about their needs and fundraising to help SSUN develop further.
Hopetowns: Hopetowns is a weekly refugee-led group supporting the well-being and successful integration of refugees. With 40 attendees and 15+ volunteers providing teaching and befriending services, Hopetowns was initiated and is led by team member Samer.Hopetowns Peckham is starting in October 2019. It will be led by team members Samer, Ali and Simon.
Injera Club is a youth club in south London. After the tragic suicides of several unaccompanied minors who were unable to recover from the ordeals of their displacement, the Injera Club was developed to offer support, friendship and advice to help them navigate their new world. For 9 months our former team member Grace volunteered weekly to help the club’s founder facilitate growth by introducing new members and volunteers, with a view to achieving sustainability. Found Benny Hunter said ‘Grace was a saviour, we would be nothing without the support she gave the project’.
Maria Skobtsova House provides a safe haven for the most vulnerable displaced people in Calais. Team member Simon is on the management group of the house and we have sent a number of volunteers to assist. We provide pastoral support for long-term volunteers, and help with fundraising and safeguarding advice.