Croydon in solidarity with refugees
The project in brief
Croydon Refugee and New Communities forum
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2019 - Ongoing
Croydon Refugee and New Communities Forum in South London established in 2019 by local activities to support refugee's positive and meaningful integration in this part of London integration.
To support positive refugee integration and to raise awareness about forced migration issues.
This Forum started and supported by Croydon Voluntary Action which is an umbrella organisation for voluntary organisations in Croydon, South London.
- Local church
- Sport clubs
- Virtual school
Challenges and how they were overcome
Among the challenges access to resources to communicate with most refugee groups, and direct access to local council.
How they were overcome
Starting a quality website would be a good start.
Results of the Good Practice
Some regular communication and contacts with members of host community which helps to correct perceptions about refugees.
Developing an existing link with the Mayor of London is a very strategic step, and maintaining communications and contacts within refugee organisations as well as other organisations from the community. We believe integration starts from day one of arrival and it's a process, not a project.
Ayar Ata, Co-Chair, Croydon Voluntary Action