This Years Charity

Refugee Women Connect

 

This year, all funds raised by the MJLD will be donated to our chosen charity, Refugee Women Connect. This is what they have to say about being selected:

“At Refugee Women Connect, we work to build a safe life in the UK for all women refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking, and we are delighted to have been chosen as the nominated charity of the year for MJLD.

 

Our service users come from all over the world and from all walks of life; the thing that they have in common is that they have come to the UK fleeing situations of conflict, persecution, and abuse, and many continue to face hardship and dis- crimination within the UK. The past few years in particular have exacerbated the situation of many of our service users; throughout lockdown, three quarters of asylum-seeking women went hungry or were unable to feed their children, a fifth were made homeless, and 85% said their mental health had worsened due to isolation and being cut off from vital support services. Most recently, we have welcomed many women and families who have evacuated Afghanistan, and the demand for our services in growing all the time.

We provide practical support for our women and their families, including help navigating the asylum-seeking process, support with accommodation and housing, English language support, and school access for children. We also provide expert bespoke mental health support for women who are recovering from trauma, including one-to-one mental health support and emergency check-ins with our most vulnerable women. We also provide group wellbeing sessions to com- bat isolation and loneliness, and to help our women build friendships and community; these include our therapeutic art group, the RWC choir, sports teams, and yoga classes.

 

With your help, we can continue our vitally important work in the community and support even more women and families across Merseyside:

  • A donation of £10 could provide nappies for a refugee baby for one week,

  • A donation of £25 could provide a one-to-one information session, with an interpreter, to help an asylum seeking woman understand her rights and entitlements and pre- pare for her Home Office interview,

  • A donation of £100 could provide one-to-one mental health support for a whole month for a woman recovering from trauma.

We're so grateful for the support of MJLD at this very challenging time. If you would like to hear more about Refugee Women Connect, or get involved with fundraising or volunteering to help asylum seeking women in your community, please feel free to email laura@refugeewomenconnect.org.uk.

 

Thank you!”