Friday, September 04, 2015

The Migration ‘Crisis’ – Emergency meeting in Ilford, What can you do?

Over the last few days RAMFEL (the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London, based in Ilford) has been overwhelmed by offers of assistance made in support of the current ‘migration crisis’ after the heart rending pictures in the national press of a 3 year old boy washed up on a Greek beach - if you haven't seen it here it is:

Offers of assistance have ranged from people as far as Wiltshire, and Witham offering a room, people collecting monies, volunteering, and donating foods and toiletries. Those further afield have been redirected to organisations closer to their home.

To cope with demand RAMFEL have organised a meeting to address any concerns and help organise efforts, explain what can be done and what is needed:

Thursday 10th September 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm, 
Cardinal Heenan Centre, 
326 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1QP.

There may well be a further meeting the weekend of Saturday 19th September for those unable to attend next Thursday. If you are interested then please do email or ring 0208 478 4513 (please bear in mind they are currently experiencing exceptionally large volume of queries and you may find their phone lines engaged, but please do leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible).

Meanwhile local MP Wes Streeting tweeted that he has been inundated with emails from constituents asking for more action to be taken.

And there is a 38º petition asking Redbridge Council to take 50 refugee families.

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