Stories

What is better than going kayaking on a hot June day?

What is better than going kayaking on a hot June day?

On a lovely Thursday in half-term, eleven young people and staff members met in the morning to start their journey from Lambeth to South Hackney to go on a new adventure. Our destination was the Labernum Boat ...
First Face-to-Face Family Fun Day

First Face-to-Face Family Fun Day

Written by Tamara On the 1st June, we began a new era of our Saturday Kids’ Club on a Tuesday.  It was half-term and restrictions had lifted enough for us ...
Women’s group Manifesto

Women’s group Manifesto

Written by Amanda  In a recent Friday session facilitated by Lisa and Tamara, the women’s group were tasked with getting creative and updating the SLRA manifesto that was written June 2020. We ...
Report Launch: Learning from migrant families’ lived experience in Lambeth

Report Launch: Learning from migrant families’ lived experience in Lambeth

SLRA is excited to invite you to our virtual report launch about access to support & advice for migrant families facing destitution as a result of hostile immigration policies. When: ...
SLRA Men’s Group is Back!

SLRA Men’s Group is Back!

Since February, SLRA’s Men’s Group have got together online every Wednesday. Around seven attendees meet up each week and we have quickly grown as a supportive unit!   Some of the ...
Asylum-seekers in ‘temporary, emergency’ hotels

Asylum-seekers in ‘temporary, emergency’ hotels

Over the past month, there have been several reports in the media of the numbers of asylum seekers who remain accommodated in hotels, more than one year after the Home ...
New Immigration Bill by the UK Government

New Immigration Bill by the UK Government

Many of you will have seen the Government’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’ which sets to overhaul the UK asylum system. At SLRA we have been working hard with colleagues across ...
A Story-Telling Community Quilt

A Story-Telling Community Quilt

Last year, when the Lockdown started, the SLRA Women’s Group decided to make their own community quilt. A quilt is a large piece of fabric made up of smaller pieces ...
Camera on, microphone connected, join the SLRA Youth Club on Zoom

Camera on, microphone connected, join the SLRA Youth Club on Zoom

Since the end of September, SLRA’s youth club project, Global Youth, has re-started its in-person sessions. Around 12 young people have been joining the youth club each week. The youth club is ...
Access to the COVID-19 vaccination for migrants and refugees

Access to the COVID-19 vaccination for migrants and refugees

In the beginning of December 2020, the UK started with the vaccination program for COVID-19. Since we live in a pandemic, there has been much (mis-)information around and about COVID-19 ...
Planning our first Awareness Workshop about the hostile environment and NRPF (no recourse to public funds)

Planning our first Awareness Workshop about the hostile environment and NRPF (no recourse to public funds)

This morning we held a meeting where we worked through the itinerary for our upcoming NRPF awareness workshop next Wednesday on 10th February 2021. A few of the SLRA team ...
SLRA Women’s Group Session: “Should colonial statues be removed and what should happen to them?”

SLRA Women’s Group Session: “Should colonial statues be removed and what should happen to them?”

Two weeks ago, Samina, a member of the consultation team for Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity, facilitated a listening exercise with our women group. The aim of the session was ...
There’s nothing like dinosaur dancing around your room, to wake you up on the weekend!

There’s nothing like dinosaur dancing around your room, to wake you up on the weekend!

Our weekly ZOOM Kids’ parties with our most amazing kids facilitator Tamara Astor have been running since mid-March and will continue to cheer us up throughout the grey and cold ...
A message from SLRA’s women group

A message from SLRA’s women group

At South London Refugee Association (SLRA), we have not only continued our immigration advice services remotely during the COVID19 lockdown, but also looked at ways to make people still feel ...
Behind the scenes – Women Group and Kids activities volunteer Tamara

Behind the scenes – Women Group and Kids activities volunteer Tamara

Our staff and volunteers at the SLRA work on such a personal level, they often end up bringing more to the role than even they expected. Tamara is one of ...
Behind the scenes – ESOL volunteer Sarah and how to teach during lockdown

Behind the scenes – ESOL volunteer Sarah and how to teach during lockdown

Our clients are at diverse stages on the journey to lay new foundations for themselves and their families here in the United Kingdom; seeking safety and build independent lives for ...
Behind the scenes – Meet our local community bringing in donations

Behind the scenes – Meet our local community bringing in donations

An important part of what we do here at the SLRA, is liaising with other charities, businesses, local community groups and wonderful individuals; to adapt to the unexpected circumstances during ...
Behind the scenes – delivery volunteer driver Mick

Behind the scenes – delivery volunteer driver Mick

One of the SLRAs’ most recent recruits is the charmingly candid, Mick. Being only four weeks into his time with us, Mick serves as a Volunteer Driver during the COVID ...
Looking behind the scenes – Volunteer portrait: Celestine Obiora Agbo

Looking behind the scenes – Volunteer portrait: Celestine Obiora Agbo

Here at the SLRA, we assist clients from origins that span the globe, and who have so many intricacies in their needs surrounding asylum, immigration and refuge. If you were ...
First weeks working during COVID 19

First weeks working during COVID 19

The last weeks since the COVID19 Corona virus outbreak have been very challenging for all of us. But while we had to come up with completely new ways to continue ...