York is part of the City of Sanctuary movement across the UK that offer vulnerable visitors a place of safety and helps integrate them into local communities. This appeal will provide much needed resources to support refugees in York. Two Ridings Community Foundation is working with City of York Council and a number of local charities to provide an all-encompassing support to people in need.
The objectives of the fund are to:
- Assist local voluntary and community organisations in the city to provide support to refugees in York.
- To support local organisations and communities to prepare to welcome refugees.
- To provide direct support to refugees where required, to help them to integrate into local communities.
You can give by text via Just Text Giving: text TRCF10£ followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070. Alternatively, visit their website to find details on donating online or by cheque: http://www.trcf.org.uk/ways-to-give/make-a-donation/york-refugee-appeal/
RAY was founded in 2002 to challenge myths and misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers and to raise awareness of the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to our society.
RAY works with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from within and around the City of York. They provide a safe meeting point where people can learn seek information and support, learn new skills and languages and form lasting friendships. Through providing this support we hope to empower individuals to assist them in rebuilding their lives.
There are many ways to give nationally and internationally. This Guardian article gives a very comprehensive list of charities and organisations who are currently responding the crisis and need support. This includes these organisations which you can donate to securely online: