Thank you to everyone who has been contacting us in response to the current refugee crisis.

If you want to support refugees and asylum seekers to build their lives in Kingston, please donate through our LocalGiving page or alternatively send a cheque payable to Refugee Action Kingston to: Siddeley House, 50 Canbury Park Road, Kingston KT2 6LX.

Refugee Action Kingston (RAK), founded 24 years ago, exists to offer holistic support to refugees and asylum seekers in the borough. We currently support almost 1,800 families.

Having fled persecution, refugees and their families face multiple and complex problems. Issues we help with include isolation, health problems, financial difficulties and reduced life opportunities, often due to complicated systems they don’t know how to access.

RAK’s knowledge and experience of the specific barriers refugees and asylum seekers face on an everyday basis allows us to provide the support people need and prevent many problems developing. Please help us to enable refugees to become independent, active members of our community.

 

How we help – an individual’s story

One of our recently registered clients is a widowed, disabled mother who was tortured and lost her limb in an explosion. She came to our office destitute, sofa surfing and with no financial means to support herself and her young daughter. In fact, by gaining refugee status, she lost her asylum support money.

RAK’s Crisis Support Project helped her to register with a local GP in order to get a medical note on the same day and apply for Employment Support Allowance (a benefit for people currently not able to work for health reasons). We also worked to secure her some emergency financial assistance and made sure she got a Freedom Pass to allow her to travel.

With our help, her daughter will soon be enrolled in a local school and our client is now getting the support she needs to build her life in Kingston.

 

Additional ways you can help

If you want to make donations towards the Calais crisis, Banquet Records in Kingston is the local ‘CalAid’ drop off point. For more information, please go to the website.

We are also currently looking into the possibility of developing a scheme to host refugee families in Kingston and other boroughs in the future. If you think you might be willing to host a refugee in your home or have a property to offer to a refugee family, please get in touch with us by emailing Refugee Action Kingston's Director