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.

Latest events


Southwark Refugee Response Campaign Meeting
Tuesday, 19 September
6-8PM
at Southwark Law Centre
Hanover Park House, 14 -16 Hanover Park, Peckham, London SE15 5HG

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.

We would love to see you at our next meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 19th September between 6pm and 8pm. We’ll be at Southwark Law Centre, 14-16 Hanover Park, SE15 5HG (just off Rye Lane, facing Morrisons’ car park). The meetings are friendly and informal, and we always want to see new faces. We look forward to meeting you!


 My Culture, Our Culture – a FREE Community Building Workshop

Wednesday, 20 September
10:00AM – 1:00PM
at St Giles Church
Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB

Join us for a morning of theatre games, storytelling and discussion to explore the ideas of home, culture, and belonging. We will discover how our experiences shape our cultural identity, and how we can better understand and empathise with people who are different to us.

This is not an acting workshop; you will not need prior drama experience. The event is intended for members of refugee communities living in Southwark, and local residents who would like to welcome newcomers into their community. Bring your curiosity and willingness to try something different, and leave with new skills and greater confidence!

The workshop will be led by Guleraana Mir and Amy Clare Tasker, creators of Home is Where… a theatre project inspired by inspired by interviews with Cross Culture Kids. They have previously led workshops for youth and community groups, as well as at international conferences in The Hague and New York City.

The workshop is free, but advance booking is recommended as places are limited.
Please email eltayeb.hassan@southwarkrcf.org.uk to reserve a place.


Saturday Social Drop in Centre – South London Tabernacle Baptist Church

Saturdays 1 – 4pm

South London Tabernacle Baptist Church Welton Hall, Bushey Hill Road Camberwell, London SE5 8QFThe Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project invite visitors to their new drop-in service for refugees and migrants. The weekend drop in centre offers English classes, conversation practice, games and leisure activities.  Families are welcome and there are toys for children. Lunch and hot drinks are provided.  We encourage people to promote this resource to their local schools.

For more information please e-mail: weekenddropincentre@gmail.com


Time and Talents over 50s ESOL class
Mondays 3-4pm
The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch Street, SE16 4JE

Time and Talents run an ESOL class for the over 50s every Monday afternoon from 3–4pm. They already have a Syrian man attending the group, and it may be of interest to members of refugee communities.


Refugee Film Night
Tuesday 14th November
The Ivy House Pub
40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE

Save the date for the return of our popular Refugee Film Night at the community-owned Ivy House Pub.


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