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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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  • Pub Quiz - Wednesday 29th June

    June 23, 2016

    PUB QUIZ - Wednesday 29th June

    What's this? The one and only AFRIL Pub Quiz I hear!

    Get competitive with us at The Talbot on Wednesday 29th June!

    Test your knowledge, try the amazing food and drinks on offer, win great prizes, support refugees in the local community! 

    7:30pm start, £5 entry.

    If you fancy a meal whilst enjoying the quiz check out the Menu

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  • Celebrating our Wonderful Volunteers

    June 11, 2016

    It's Volunteer Week and we want to give a warm thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whose hard work and passion we wouldn't be able to provide crucial services to refugees and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham. Thank you! 

    If you are curious about what volunteering for AFRIL is like, have a look at what our marketing volunteer, Chloe, has to say:


    Why do you volunteer at AFRIL? 

    I wanted to do something to help refugees and migrants coming to the UK - partly because of hearing about the conflict in Syria but asylum and immigration rights are also something I've felt strongly about for a long time. Many refugees need support to integrate and settle and I was drawn to AFRIL's focus on helping people to develop vital skills and social support. 


    What are you gaining? 

    I volunteer on the marketing side so as well as helping me to build my career experience, I get to see the impact of things like social media campaigns and fundraising initiatives, which can be very rewarding. I've also had the chance to use my journalism skills and help organise events - brushing up on skills which I'd like to use more in my career. Having worked in business, it's also given me a useful insight into working for a charity. 


    Why should other people volunteer? 

    Whether you're a student or professional, volunteering with AFRIL can be a good chance to gain experience in an area you're interested in developing or learning more about, knowing that you're making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people. The other volunteers and trustees are also very welcoming and friendly!


    If you are interested in volunteering - however many hours you can dedicate to us - please get in touch

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