11/03/22: Candlelight Peace Vigil for Ukraine
The people of Southampton held a candleight vigil in support of the people of Ukraine this evening. Speakers included Nikki Walters, Chair of Southampton Action, Dr Parvin Darmani MBE, Bishop Debbie Sellin, Mayor of Southampton Cllr Alex Houghton, and Cllr Daniel Fitzhenry, Leader of Southampton City Council Council.
The event was sponsored by Southampton Action, City of Sanctuary, CLEAR Project, Romsey Amnesty, Southampton Stand up to Racism and SWVG.
05/03/22: Supporting Ukraine
We know lots of people are asking if we are helping with collections for Ukraine, and people are wanting to donate goods to help those fleeing the conflict. We have received a very clear message from all the large refugee charities we are working with and also now the Polish embassy has published an update. We are being told that all collections of items, including clothes, toiletries and other essentials should cease as their transportation and the work required to manage them on the receiving end is causing significant difficulties in Poland and other countries.
So what can you do instead?
- You can donate money to charities directly supporting people in Ukraine.
- You can advocate that the British Government agrees to settle refugees here from Ukraine and other war zones – they still have not agreed to do this
- You can volunteer for refugee charities in our local area, such as Southampton Action, CLEAR and Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group, to support those refugees and asylum seekers needing sanctuary here – including those from conflict zones around the world
- You can fundraise and donate to charities like Southampton Action, and we will soon be launching a new appeal. Any money donated to us goes to help us support refugees and asylum seekers in desperate need.
If our Government does allow Ukrainian refugees to come to the UK, we will of course look to ensure they are well supported and given what they are needed, like we have aimed to do with all the refugees and asylum seekers in Southampton.
02/03/22: Get your MarathON
We have 10 charity spaces for the ABP Southampton Marathon events on 24th April 2022 and we are looking for runners. We have spaces available – at no cost to anyone signing up – for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k races.
All we ask in return is that you get sponsored for running on behalf of Southampton Action as part of our spring into action fundraising appeal.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get signed up.
Every pound raised will make a real difference to the work we do to support refugees and asylum seekers in our local area.
01/03/22: Spring into action to support refugees!
it is just over six months since we started supporting Afghan evacuees, many of whim are still in temporary accommodation, and we also continue to support asylum seekers of all nationalities, many of whom have also faced conflicts in places such as Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and Tigray.
As another war, this time in Europe, forces yet more civilians to flee their homes, we call on the UK government to provide safe and secure routes to the UK for Ukrainians seeking sanctuary and will work to support refugees from Ukraine who arrive in Southampton and the surrounding area.
During this difficult time we need your support more than ever. The expansion of our activities last summer has led to the need for a new permanent home where we can store and sort donations. We also continue to buy items which we cannot provide from second hand donations (like shoes in the correct sizes, underwear and toiletries).
Can you set up a fundraiser to support us? The link below has more detail on how to do this, and a few ideas!
Or, would you prefer an individual donation? We are immensely grateful for every donation, big or small. We could not continue our work without your generosity. Click here to fundraise or donate.
Like many of you, we have been watching the situation unfolding in Ukraine in horror. We are calling on the UK Government to provide safe and secure routes for people seeking sanctuary from this conflict to reach the UK, and we stand ready to support Ukranian refugees who come here.
We are aware of several collections happening locally to send supplies to those who have fled Ukraine, for example to those arriving in Poland, and we are reaching out to those collecting locally to see what supplies we have that could be provided to help.
It is now just over six months since we started supporting Afghan evacuees who had been evacuated to the UK, many of whom are still in temporary accommodation, and we of course continue to support asylum seekers in Southampton from all nationalities – many of whom have also fled conflicts in places such as Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and Tigray.
We will continue our work locally to support refugees and asylum seekers living in Southampton and surrounding areas, and will keep our social media updated with ways you can get involved – be that through donating funds, donating items or volunteering your time. And as we get news of ways that we can support those from Ukraine, we will share this information.
January 2022: We’ve joined SO:Lotto!
SO:Lotto is a weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Southampton, with a top prize of £25,000. Southampton Action will receive 50p for every £1 ticket sold.
Winter can be a challenging time for the asylum-seekers and refugees we support. The refugees from Afghanistan are no longer headline news, but many are still living in temporary accommodation and in need of our help. We are also continuing to support asylum seekers who are expected by the government to live on just over £5 a day.
We are working hard to provide winter clothing, coats, suitable shoes, toiletries and other essentials. While our appeals for secondhand items always receive a fantastic response, we also need to raise funds to buy items like shoes in the correct sizes, underwear and additional toiletries.
23/10/21: Southampton Action joins Together with Refugees rally in Southampton
As part of the Together with Refugees coalition we were proud to join with Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) and Southampton Stand up to Racism at a rally to oppose the government’s Nationality & Borders Bill, which seeks to criminalise people fleeing war & persecution. We believe that how we treat refugees is about who we are, and the kind of society we want to live in – one that is welcoming and kind to those facing difficult times.
Aspire trust schools non-uniform day raises money for Southampton Action
A few weeks ago, schools in the Aspire Trust held a non-uniform day to raise money for Southampton Action. We’d like to say a huge thank you to any pupils or parents at these schools who follow us for the huge amount of money that they raised. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.
25&26/09/21: Our new storage / sorting space is up and running!
We are delighted to take possession of our new temporary storage space, provided by Southampton City Council. A fantastic response to our call for volunteers had meant we have moved in and sorted masses of donations from our previous storage, and begun fulfilling requests from local refugees for clothing, toiletries and baby equipment.
05/09/21: Andy runs the Southampton marathon for refugees!
Our supporter Andy ran the Southampton marathon in aid of Southampton Action, and raised over £800! Thank you Andy – the money will be used to buy new items for refugees which cannot be donated for reasons of dignity, such as new underwear, or items which are difficult to collect in the required bulk, such as toiletries or shoes in the correct sizes.
21/08/21: public meeting – welcoming refugees from Afghanistan
Following Southampton City Council’s announcement that they will be resettling refugees from Afghanistan in the city, Southampton Action held an open meeting about how local people can help. We are overwhelmed by the numbers of people who attended and were willing to offer their time, money, expertise and items for donation. (Please see our home page for items we are currently collecting.)