Lambeth has officially become the Borough of Sanctuary where they welcome refugees and asylum seekers.
In response to the evident need for support among refugees and asylum seekers, we took a proactive step and established a voluntary Refugee Support Group in Lambeth. Recognizing the challenges faced by families who had recently arrived in the country and were temporarily residing in hotels, we aim to provide them with essential assistance.
Our efforts primarily focus on ensuring these families have access to basic necessities. We distribute vital items such as warm clothing and footwear, catering to the needs of men, women, and children. By providing them with these essential supplies, we aim to alleviate some of the immediate challenges they face during their transitional period.
Moreover, we recognize the importance of assisting these families in navigating various administrative processes. We support them in completing school admissions for their children, facilitating their integration into the education system. Additionally, we aid in the completion of GP applications, ensuring they have access to necessary healthcare services. Furthermore, we assist them in obtaining travel cards enabling them to navigate the city more easily and access vital resources.
Focus on women
Understanding the unique needs and experiences of women within the refugee community, we took a specific approach to engage and empower them. As part of our support, we deliver half-day women’s wellness sessions. These sessions provide a dedicated safe space for women to come together, share their experiences, and receive support for their physical and emotional well-being. These are beneficial to remove isolation. We also encourage women to build support systems amongst themselves so they can help each other, and look out for each other.
Through the voluntary Refugee Support Group, we aim to extend a helping hand to those who need it most. By addressing their immediate needs, providing guidance through bureaucratic processes, and offering dedicated support for women, we seek to contribute positively to their integration and overall wellbeing in their new community.
The single women who were feeling depressed and not interacting in the community are now volunteering with us. By building their confidence they are now able to share their lived experience with others who have arrived in the country and guide them.
New Vision for Women has collaborated with Care4Calais to stage a benefit performance of the play ‘The Bundle’ in Clapham on 22 and 23 June.
Based on the true story of a Chechen woman seeking sanctuary in the UK, it depicts how traumatic and difficult the process can be for asylum seekers.
Full details and tickets can be found on Eventbrite.