BID's Reuniting Familes Campaign

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) needs you! They need to raise an initial £5,000 to help fund their ‘Separated Families’ project. With these funds BID will help reunite 20 families devastated by the separation of immigration detention. It is a very achievable goal, if every one of our supporters donates £2 each we’ll get their fund off to a great start. Their press release is set out below.


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Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) needs you! They need to raise an initial £5,000 to help fund their ‘Separated Families’ project. With these funds BID will help reunite 20 families devastated by the separation of immigration detention. It is a very achievable goal, if every one of our supporters donates £2 each we’ll get their fund off to a great start. Their press release is set out below.


Reuniting Separated Families

Today (Monday 13
th June), Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a CrowdJustice campaign (https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/bid/) aimed at securing funding for their vital Separated Families project.

Each year, BID helps reunite around 100 families who have been torn apart by the horrors of immigration detention. Every year, the government detains over 30,000 people for immigration purposes, routinely separating mothers and fathers from their children. Losing a parent to detention – never knowing how long they will be gone for – is devastating for a child. That’s why BID has a special team dedicated to providing parents who have been detained away from their children with legal advice and representation to help them apply for bail and to challenge their deportation.

BID’s CrowdJustice appeal (
https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/bid/) is seeking to raise an initial £5000 to help fund the Separated Families project over the next 12 months. £5000 would be enough for BID to help reunite 20 families devastated by immigration detention.

Commenting on the appeal, BID Director Celia Clarke said:

“I’m really excited to be launching this appeal on CrowdJustice. All the people we help at BID need legal advice and support. But when we hear about cases of mothers and fathers being locked up away from their children we know all too well how vital it is that quick action is taken to help put the pieces back together.

“Having a parent ripped from your life is really unimaginable for any child. Yet that is what we see the government do time and again with their immigration detention regime. BID’s Separated Families project aims to give parents in detention legal advice and representation to help them apply for bail and to challenge deportation orders.

“Last year, BID helped reunite 110 families. But we know there are hundreds, maybe thousands more families who have been torn apart by detention. Without our help, many of those parents will never have access to legal advice, will never be able to challenge their detention and find a way back to their families.

“We hope that this appeal will help fund our vital work for another year, and we hope that the public will give generously so that BID can carry on reuniting parents with their children. ”

Please visit
https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/bid/ for more information and to donate.

The Bike Project needs donations urgently

The Bike Project Project
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The Bike Project takes second-hand bikes, fixes them up, and donates them to refugees. They are at a bit of a crisis point with bikes - they’re pretty much run out and drastically need some more donations. They take all adult and children’s bikes in any condition. If you have a bike hiding away in a garage, shed, back garden, please drop it off at any one of their bike hubs. Click here for more information.

This is an extremely good cause, just one of these abandoned bike can help save a refugee £20 per week on bus fares, that’s £1040 a year. So, you know, do it.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity



A call to arms!

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises and manages charitable funds for all hospitals within our area including Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlottes & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye Hospital. The Charity is independent from the Trust, but works directly with it to support patient care. The funds raised enhance the quality of care people receive across the hospitals as well as enabling the charity to award grants for research projects and fellowships.

For further information click here to visit their website.

Leave to Remain - Film Academy Opportunity

LTR casting flyer

A message from Ellie Vainker of the Film Academy:

Hello,

I am e-mailing regarding a Film Academy that will be taking place in September specifically for young asylum seekers and refugees. We are trying to make as many young people as possible aware of the project, so please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

For the past three years the Leave to Remain team have been running a Film Academy which aims to give unaccompanied minors transferable skills that can be used to gain employment or further education. Drama professionals have mentored students in acting and film production, resulting in short films that are scripted, filmed and edited by our students. Past films, along with testimonials from our graduates, can be seen here: http://www.leave2remain.org/summerschool/ [1].

The Film Academy is part of a larger project set up by Bruce Goodison, a BAFTA-winning Director, who has been working for the past few years with child protection agencies including the Refugee Council and Detention Action. He has scripted a film that tells the story of three young people seeking their Leave to Remain. We will be shooting in the autumn and will be running the Academy again in September out of which we will train and cast the young people in the film. All participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to be involved in the film either as an actor or as an intern in a specific area of production.

I have attached a letter from my Producer which explains a little more about the project, as well as a flyer that can be given to anyone interested in being involved. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Many thanks for your help in this endeavour.
Kind regards,
Ellie

Ellie Vainker
ellie@leave2remain.org [2]
07912 624 068
www.leave2remain.org [3]


Slough Immigration Aid Unit

The SIAU is a charity that provides specialist immigration advice to individuals and families in the Slough area. It is regulated by the OISC. In the absence of solicitors with a legal aid contract, the SIAU is one of the only places in Slough where those who cannot normally afford legal representation can get it for free.

As SIAU is a charity it survives purely on donations and grants for the majority of its funding. Representatives of SIAU will be walking to raise money for the unit during the London Legal Support Trust walk on 16 May 2011. If you would like to support that walk click here.

The Bristol Bike Project

A charitable project in Bristol provides refugees bicycles for their own use... Read More...