Southwark Refugee Response is a volunteer community supporting local organisations in their work to help refugees and asylum seekers in the borough.

We aim to:

  • Increase local support for refugees and asylum seekers by organising awareness-raising events
  • Convert that support into practical help for local organisations – matching their needs with volunteers and donations
  • Help local residents feel that they can make a tangible, local difference in the face of an international crisis

You can find out more about the organisations we work for and donate to support them here. You can also sign up to our newsletter to keep up with what’s going on. Below are all the latest events we are involved in – if you’d like to lend a hand or have your own ideas for running an event, we’d love to hear from you at southwarkrefugeecrisis@gmail.com.

Upcoming events

Cities of Sanctuary Briefing
6pm Oct 4th
At Southwark Refugee Communities Forum office, St Giles Centre, 81 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8RB – everyone welcome

We’ve been in touch with the City of Sanctuary movement, which supports a network of groups, which includes villages, towns, cities and regions across the UK, and others engaged in activities intended to welcome people seeking sanctuary. The principles of the City of Sanctuary movement are:

– All asylum seekers, refugees and migrants should be treated with dignity and respect.
– A fair and effective process to decide whether people need protection should be in place.
– No one should be locked up indefinitely.
– No one should be left sick or destitute in our society.
– We should welcome the stranger and help them to integrate.
This meeting will be an opportunity to find out more about the movement.

Southwark Refugee Response Campaign Meeting
Weds Nov 14th
6:00-8:00PM
At Southwark Refugee Communities Forum office, St Giles Centre, 81 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8RB

Our regular campaign meetings give Southwark residents the chance to hear from the charities and support organisations whose vital work helps refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the borough every day. It’s where we coordinate our work with the local organisations and find out what they’re up to, what support they need, and how we can lend a hand.