Many people have been in touch asking how they can help with the current crisis in Afghanistan. Our official statement on the situation can be read here.
We have many visitors, past and present, from Afghanistan. While they are safe in the UK they have family members who are still in Afghanistan. In many cases they have now lost contact with their loved ones. Whilst it is not immediately clear how we can help them to reunite with their families, we will continue to help them in whatever ways we can as official guidance emerges.
There are many ways that you can get involved and help with this:
If you have the time and would like to volunteer with The Harbour Project, the link to our application form can be found within the body of text on this page. Our volunteering opportunities typically fall between 9am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Donating, and fundraising on our behalf, are always appreciated, as are physical donations of items from our shopping list. There is usually someone on site between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Unfortunately we are unable to make use of other items, such as furniture, pushchairs and clothes as we do not have the space and resources to process these. We would always encourage people to get in touch with Gateway Furniture or Growbaby Swindon with items suitable to their work.
There is lots of misinformation in the media around asylum seekers and we would always encourage people to learn more than is offered in the press. Refugee Action is a good source of material from those working in the field, as well as sharing the experiences and accounts of those with lived experience of seeking asylum. The UN Refugee Agency is another good source of information that also clearly sets out the legal obligations of countries that have signed up to the 1951 Refugee Convention (of which the UK is one.) From this you might decide to contact your local MP to express any concerns you have, and find ways to myth bust within your network – helping to break the stream of misinformation used to turn seeking asylum into a divisive topic.