Migrant Connections Festival

Last Saturday, the Woodlawn Center next to our office in Streatham was changed into a magical and colourful place full of joy, relaxation, and community. Many people came from all over south London to stand in solidarity with each other, to learn something new, to increase their well-being, or to just eat together. After one […]

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30 Years SLRA – This is a reason to celebrate

2021 is a special year for SLRA as it marks our 30th anniversary. From our beginnings as a small association of community groups sorting asylum seekers and refugees in Merton in 1991, our amazing organisation has seen many changes but has consistently provided the care, advice and support that vulnerable migrants across South West London have needed.   There have been […]

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New Project at SLRA

written by Francess, Youth Participation and Policy Officer In January 2021, the Department for Education launched its independent review of children’s social care which was set out to radically reform the care system to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children, so they experience the benefits of a stable, loving home. In this document, […]

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First Display of the Women’s Group Community Quilt

Take your chance and visit the women’s group community quilt that many of the SLRA women group members have made last year during lockdown, at the Woodfield Recreation Ground.   We’ve already wrote quite several stories about our community quilt that helped many of the women through the difficult times when life stood still for a few months, people had to separate from friends and families, and everyone dealt with many other challenges!   […]

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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 to have thirty people in the beautiful Woodlawns Centre garden. We could only invite twelve of the most regular children this time, as with siblings and adults […]

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SLRA women's group

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 enjoyed scratching our heads with some wordplay and had interesting discussion about concepts behind language.   The session was very relaxed. We started with our wake and shake music stretches as usually. A few highlights […]

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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 men who were part of a previous Men’s Group shared their past experiences with the new members at the beginning of the first session. Since […]

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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 looked over the plan with members of our peer-support community Women’s Group. The women in the group all have lived experiences of the hostile environment, […]

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