Haringey unites in response to refugee crisis
Efforts to ensure Haringey is fully prepared to play its part in supporting refugees will take a step forward next week when community groups meet to plan how the borough can best respond to the current crisis.
The meeting, which will be hosted by the charity Embrace UK Community Support Centre - who provide advice and assistance to disadvantaged groups including migrants - and is being supported by Haringey Council, will bring together voluntary and community organisations to think about how refugees who arrive in Haringey can best be supported.
Voluntary and community groups including HAVCO, Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau and Haringey Migrant Support Centre will meet with representatives from the council and local NHS to determine what Haringey’s capacity and capability to support refugees is; to identify any gaps in potential support that need addressing; and to ensure that the borough responds to the refugee crisis in a coordinated and consistent way.
Haringey Council Leader, Cllr Claire Kober said:
“Since news of the current humanitarian crisis broke we have been overwhelmed with messages from Haringey residents and charities who want to try and help.
This meeting is about ensuring that Haringey is prepared to support those affected by this devastating crisis as effectively as possible.
We know that London will be called upon to house many of the refugees coming to this country and we want to make sure that as a community we’re ready to help meet their needs as best we can, whether that’s providing them with advice and information, health and social care, or housing.”
Alem Gebrehiwot, Executive Director of Embrace UK said:
“We have been shocked by the heart-breaking images and news of Syrian human beings - including children, pregnant women, the young, the old and the disabled and are determined to do what we can to help”
Andy Love, Chair of Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau, who will be chairing the meeting said:
“It is important that the voluntary and community sector work together to ensure that they have the capacity and capability to play their part, alongside statutory services, in making Haringey a place where refugees are both welcomed and properly supported.”
The meeting will take place at the Eco Hub at Lordship Recreation Ground, Tottenham on Monday 12th October. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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