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Action for Refugees in Lewisham

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AFRIL is a grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation.

We are a small locally run charity based in Lewisham, one of the most deprived local authority areas in England, with a very high refugee and asylum seeker population.

We work to relieve poverty and isolation amongst this vulnerable group, advance their education, and provide services to improve social integration.

Since our creation in 2006, we continue to help an average of 120 people in our local community each week - with education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies. 

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  • Help us crowdfund our new food bank!

    Feb. 28, 2017

    We are now crowdfunding in the hope of opening a dedicated food bank for our clients who go hungry.

    About the project

    Many of the refugees and migrants who use our services are destitute and many are starving, unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families. 

    With more and more refugees and migrants coming to AFRIL, there is a very real need for us to provide services that alleviate hunger.

    We have decided to raise money for the Food Bank through Crowdfunding, where you gain rewards in exchange for donating to our campaign. 

    Crowdfunding starts out small, but with your support we can make it big - and ensure this project is a success.

    Now is the time to show your support for refugees.


    How you can help

    Let’s stop the most vulnerable refugee and asylum seekers in Lewisham and South-East London from going hungry, and give them the opportunity to thrive!

    We desperately need your support to raise our target of £16,480 and ensure this project is a success.

    If we reach 15% of this funding target, Lewisham Council could pledge a further 65%, so we need your help to make the project happen.

    Donate to our Crowdfunding campaign 

    Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family and sharing on your social media!!

    Many thanks for your renewed support!


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    Jan. 31, 2017

    Was your New Year Resolution to volunteer for a worthy cause?  Do you have fundraising skills, design talents or a good old car?!

    We are now recruiting for various Volunteer positions.  You can find all of the role descriptions here.

    Are you looking for a part-time position?  We are also recruiting for a paid, part-time Volunteer Coordinator.  You can find the details and the full job descriptions here.

    Get in touch and get involved!

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