May meeting: Action for Refugees in Lewisham

When: Thursday 6 May, 7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom: link

The speaker at our meeting on 6 May will be Katie Commons, Director of Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) a charity that SELHuG supports with a donation every year. AFRIL works to relieve poverty and isolation among local refugees and asylum seekers, to advance their education and to educate the general public about their rights and needs. It offers a wide range of services including English language classes, a day centre with sewing and yoga classes, a food bank, and a supplementary school for children aged 4 to 12.

We have asked Katie to talk not just about AFRIL but to position this in the context of the wider situation affecting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and the balance that needs to be struck between our help for them and our obligations to our own community. This is a hot political topic at the moment, with the Home Secretary’s ideas about moving illegal migrants to some foreign country, and it can only get hotter (no pun intended!) as climate change impacts the lives of people living south of us.

Katie has suggested that an informal discussion will be the best way to explore some of these complex and diverse issues. There’s certainly plenty to talk about. 

You can find more about AFRIL on their website.