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The only Lifeline for Refugees

Volunteers ARE often providing the only lifeline for refugees in Europe.

 

Since 2015, when the Global Refugee Crisis hit our European headlines, grassroots volunteer groups have been delivering many front-line humanitarian services we might reasonably expect Governments and global humanitarian charities to be providing.

These volunteers are everyday people, like you and I, who’ve stepped in and stepped up because they couldn’t stand by and watch when they saw no one else was helping. In what’s been labelled the ‘greatest grassroots movement of our time’, people from all walks of life have been compelled to action; filling vast gaps in humanitarian aid, mental well-being and human rights provision for refugees.

2015 when the Global Refugee Crisis hit European headlines. RIP Alan Kurdi.

2015 when the Global Refugee Crisis hit European headlines. RIP Alan Kurdi.

 

They [refugees] are the bravest people on earth right now.
And, if we can reach out a hand, we better.
— Naomi Shihab Nye, written in 1952

 
Refugees rely on aid from volunteers to survive. Dunkirk, France, 2018

Refugees rely on aid from volunteers to survive. Dunkirk, France, 2018

However, grassroots volunteers are facing incredibly challenging conditions, often bringing little previous experience of what they’re up against, and operating on very limited resources. They need all of our help and support to keep going.

And so, since mid-2016, Donate4Refugees has sat at the heart of the UK’s grassroots response. With your donations, we provide unique practical and financial help to more than 40 front-line volunteer groups. And this has kept many doors open on critical distribution centres, and wheels turning on essential mobile services, through giving out grants and emergency funds.

 

Thank you so so much! From everyone here, we truly appreciate this funding and your fantastic partnership.
— Ella, Grassroots Volunteer, Athens

 

Refugee men, women and children count on grassroots volunteers.

Grassroots volunteers count on us.

Can we count on you?

At a children’s winter warmth distribution by Refugee 4 Refugees, 2019

At a children’s winter warmth distribution by Refugee 4 Refugees, 2019


You Can Count On Me!

We can’t thank you enough for joining us making a difference. Here are some great ways YOU can help today.


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I can Donate Money

We understand life is busy and there are many demands on our money. But, if you’re able, then making a financial donation continues to be the most flexible and impactful support you can give. Whether regular or one-off, a donation doesn’t have to be large to make a difference - just 60p buys a a pair of socks to keep someone’s feet warm - and it only takes a minute.


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I can Fundraise

We love fundraisers! Fundraising can raise from £20 to £20,000 with money being flexible and impactful and making a real difference to people’s lives. So why not ‘Donate Your Birthday’ with a Fundraiser on Facebook? Or hold an event such as a Quiz Night or office Bake Sale? Events are also great for raising awareness of the refugees’ plight.


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I can Donate Time

If you’re interested in giving some of your time then click the link below for more information. There are many skills needed and practical ways to help. Find a match to your time available, and your skills and preferences, with our partners Indigo Volunteers here.


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I can Donate Things

There are several refugee aid centres across the UK where you can drop-off much-needed clothes, hygiene products, food and more, in new or as-new condition, to be sent on to grassroots groups on the front-line for distribution. Find out where the centres are and what donations they need here.

 

Our blog: Kindness is Golden

Here we share the stories - happy and sad - touching our hearts along this unexpected journey. Written by us, the grassroots volunteers we support, refugees and sometimes others, our blogs tell a story of people not numbers. Of unexpected beauty, heroism, achievements against the odds and of man-made tragedy within a broken system. This is 21st century Europe in a time when people know better and humans have promised themselves over and over - NEVER AGAIN.


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