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The ”Welcoming Borough’’ project

The ”Welcoming Borough’’ project

Since 2017, our core strategic campaign work has been focused on making Haringey a more welcoming borough.  What does this mean? In large part, this means working alongside residents and the voluntary and community sector to ensure that our local authority opposes and...

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”All Welcome!” annual events

”All Welcome!” annual events

Since 2019 Haringey Welcome has been holding annual ‘All Welcome!’ events. We come together and celebrate our diverse communities with food, film, live music, readings, and theatrical performance; and with stalls, photography exhibitions, speeches, and debates about...

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2022 local election hustings

2022 local election hustings

On Thursday 28 April Haringey Welcome hosted a local election hustings at the McQueens Theatre in Wood Green, with a focus on access to healthcare and the experiences of those with insecure immigration status.  We began with a screening of the film NHS Borderlands, an...

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Remembering Sharif (2021)

Remembering Sharif (2021)

A virtual memorial to honour our remarkable friend and colleague     On Sunday 21 March 2021 on Zoom, members of Haringey Welcome joined together with many friends and relatives of Majed Hassan (or, as we knew him, Sharif Barko) to pay tribute to and...

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Haringey commits to Welcome! (2018)

Haringey commits to Welcome! (2018)

Scroll back to autumn 2017, when we were still Refugees Welcome Haringey. We had been pressing the then Council to accept Syrian refugee families from the government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme; and finally, after many meetings and lobbyings and events...

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Feed My Friend (2018)

Feed My Friend (2018)

We want every child in Haringey that needs a free school meal to get one. At present access to free school meals, help with uniform costs, and the pupil premium depends on parent’s migration status. Children whose parents have ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ cannot...

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Pledge

Pledge

In 2015 we began our first campaign as Refugees Welcome Haringey. In 2018 we relaunched as Haringey Welcome, with a wider and more inclusive vision, with the following pledge. Local residents, organisations, elected representatives, schools, and faith groups were...

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OUR IMPACT

– We campaigned to make Haringey the first Welcome’ borough in the UK, and continue our ongoing campaign with local partners to make the ambition of welcome and inclusion for all a reality.

– With Haringey Migrant Justice Coalition partners we have mobilised demonstrations in support of local residents at an asylum hotel who were threatened with being moved to Napier Barracks and Bibby Stockholm barge.

– We have led calls for a Haringey-wide working group convened by the Council to tackle the Home Office-made problem of refugee homelessness, and have partnered with The Museum of Homelessness to raise funds to help refugees move on into secure housing.

– We partnered with Waging Peace to hold a picnic commemoration in Alexandra Park for Sharif Barko, a Haringey Welcome member from Darfur, and for Sudanese communities across the UK dealing with the ongoing conflict and genocide in their country. Over 100 people attended.

– We led a mystery shopper survey and produced a report demonstrating serious barriers to access primary healthcare at GP surgeries in the borough for undocumented migrants and people with no fixed address. Our report led to a further nationwide investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalists, and to a later partnership in an in-depth project with Healthwatch Haringey.

– We hold annual ‘All Welcome’ community events that showcase the amazing range of community and arts projects, campaigns, and activities across Haringey and bring our diverse community together for amazing food and entertainment.

– We have facilitated and run writing and poetry projects in schools and with a group of migrant women, producing two poetry anthologies and a book, ‘Write On!’

– We organised and raised £10k for a music fundraiser to support The Voice of Domestic Workers’ emergency appeal during lockdown.

– We campaigned for Haringey Council to resettle ten Syrian families in Haringey via the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

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