We are responding to COVID-19 calmly and compassionately. This is the first element of our initiative to keep Connected Through Covid. Here's how you can help.
People have been panicked, families are fearful, and we do not know what the future will hold. Right when we need them most, oour extended families are being separated from us. We are facing the pain of isolation. Sadly, these feelings are not new to many refugees and asylum seekers.
In this extraordinary context, the young people we work with are facing enormous challenges. Without face-to-face specialist support or the guidance of a mentor, young refugees and asylum- seekers who are not in education are extremely isolated and losing hope.
The rug is being pulled from under their feet, again.
For many, especially those who have recently arrived in the UK, these changes present a real risk of triggering recent traumas related to separation and lock-down. We urgently need your help to reassure them, and to let them know they are not alone. We need you to remind them that someone is looking out for them.
What can I do to help?
Let a young refugee know they are not alone by sending a postcard or letter to them. We'll pass on the message.
Here's how to do it.
- Get some paper and pens
- Write whatever you want, but begin with the phrase ‘Dear Friend’.
- You could include a drawing or a painting, a poem or a piece of advice. A question, or a thought.
- Take a photo of your postcard, letter or drawing and email it to email@example.com. If you want and it's safe to do so, pop it in the post too us too. We know the difference between a virtual message and something physical. Send to: Refugee Support Network, 1st Floor, Salvation Army Building, 32 Manor Park Rd, Harlesden, London, NW10 4JJ.
- If you want, you can specify the gender and age (14-25) of the recipient.
- Upload a photo of your message to social media with the hashtag #sendingsolidarity and #dearfriend. We'll post it on ours and create a gallery online with responses from the recipients.
- We can’t connect you to a young person directly, but we will pass on your message and let them know they are not alone.