Social Justice Forum 2015-2018 – Handouts and Meeting Notes

How can we help refugees?

How can we help refugees? A brief guide
Overall the best way to help a newly arrived refugee is to befriend them. Many will have lost friends and family before arriving here. Rather than being ‘helped’, socialising can really help a refugee move on from what they’ve lost and rebuild their lives in their new country. (Refugee Action)
1. Prayer. You can pray at home, while travelling, at work, in a church, as you are walking along. You can find prayers in the Social Justice Forum handouts -on the St Anne’s web site, under Social Justice Forum.
2. Being informed. There is basic information in the Social Justice Forum handouts plus details of many relevant web sites.
3. Supporting St Anne’s pilot initiative. This is in association with a new charity called Breaking Barriers that aims to help refugees find meaningful employment that is commensurate with their skills, experience and qualifications. We can volunteer our skills experience and qualifications to this organisation to help the refugees referred to them. If you are at all interested in finding out more, please contact Sally Cannon.
4. Supporting Refugees Welcome in Richmond. This borough wide initiative aims to find private rented housing for 50 Syrian refugees coming to the UK under the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Local contact: Elizabeth Byrne-Hill, 0208-940-1281
5. Teaching English, telephone 020 8255 6144 is local organisation. Volunteers receive training and need to make a weekly commitment for a minimum of one year.
6. Giving money. All charities, large and small, helping refugees here and abroad, welcome our support. Social Justice Forum handouts have details of many of these.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM: a new initiative at St Anne’s.

mailto:dandcmcc@gmail.comThe first meeting of the new Social Justice Forum will take place on Saturday December 5th in the Hall, from 10am – 12 noon.

Our topic will be Refugees. We will pray, study and reflect on what action we might take.

Anyone is welcome who has concerns about social injustice and the resultant suffering of our fellow human beings, who feels a sense of helplessness and inadequacy in the face of this, but who feels that together we may identify more active responses – while being realistic about our limitations.

The idea of the Forum has sprung from Celebration300, a sense of thanksgiving for all that we share at St Anne’s, and an increase in the outward-looking mission of the church as shown by a series of café evenings, most recently on the new charities that are being supported and on credit unions.

Prayer will be fundamental, since we are trying to discern what God is asking of us, the people of St Anne’s Kew, now in 2015/2016 in relation to the great suffering and injustice of our world. Social justice refers to our society and our world (the social bit) and to how all that we have is shared between us and how fair or unfair these shares are (the justice bit). Inequality, and wealth and poverty, are the underlying topics.

The Forum is complementary to the Ministry and Mission committee, acting as a locus of active concern for social justice in our church. At this stage, we are proposing four meetings over the course of the Church’s year. At the end of three years, we will assess and review the work of the Forum. It is a venture in faith, hope and love and we will be finding our way together.

For further information, or any queries, please contact Claudine McCreadie