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Reading Refugee Support Group

Walk For Refugees - Reading Legal Walk 2019

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[p][b]WALK FOR REFUGEES - READING LEGAL WALK 2019[/b][/p][p][b]We're taking part in The Reading Legal Walk to help fund advice and support for Refugees in Reading & Berkshire![/b][/p][p]Each year Reading Refugee Support Group provides hundreds of Refugee families and individuals with free legal advice, support and signposting to services that they cannot access elsewhere.[/p][p]Join the [b]Walk For Refugees Team[/b], get yourself sponsored and walk 10km with us on M[b]onday 16th September[/b] to help us fund this crucial service. [/p][p]Our team so far is: [b]Nick Harborne, Jonjo Warrick, Will Page, Peter Driver, Graham Walmsley, Joanna Walmsley, Richard Hanson-James, Alice Mpofu-Coles and Rudina Rodhe[/b][/p][p]Want to join the [b]Walk For Refugees Team[/b]? Email [url=http://mailto:jonjo@rrsg.org.uk]jonjo@rrsg.org.uk[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]THE READING LEGAL WALK[/b][/p][p]The Reading Legal Walk is a 10km after work walk around Reading that raises funds for legal advice agencies in Reading. [/p][p]Last year, the Walk had 160 people take part and it raised over £7,000 for [url=https://www.facebook.com/readingrefugees/]Reading Refugee Support Group[/url].[/p][p][b]This year is our 25th Anniversary and we want to raise even more, so will you join us and WALK FOR REFUGEES?[/b][/p][p]Reading Refugee Support Group works towards the goal of an inclusive society, where refugees and asylum seekers of diverse cultural backgrounds are treated with respect. This invaluable service seeks to meet people's essential needs and enable them to access their legal rights. It also helps them to play a role in the wider community, through English sessions, job hunting, our refugee football team and much more. Our charity is a real lifeline to our clients - sometimes literally.[/p][p][b]Layla's* story - this is why we need your support:[/b][/p][p]In April someone brought Layla in to see us. Layla fled from Afghanistan when Russia invaded and fled to Pakistan with her husband. Over the next few years Layla gave birth to four children.[/p][p]After each birth she was beaten by her husband, her brothers in law and her mother-in-law for not having given birth to a son.[/p][p]After the fourth girl was born her husband divorced her and moved to Europe where he remarried. Her brothers in-law were part of the Taliban and returned to Afghanistan telling her they would kill her if she ever returned to her old home.[/p][p]Layla somehow fled to the UK. She has huge mental health support needs and has been staying with Remi for 2 yrs. Remi couldn’t get any help from the Local Authority or social services because Layla has no recourse to public funding. Remi has her own family and can no longer cope with looking after Layla by herself. Remi finally brought Layla to us in desperation.[/p][p]RRSG volunteers started communicating with the Home Office in April 2018, seeking asylum for her, explaining previous circumstances and that Layla could not read, write or speak English and RRSG was acting for her.[/p][p]The Home Office did not respond to RRSG but wrote to Layla directly in English.[/p][p]In May the Home Office, ignoring medical advice from her doctor, turned up to relocate Layla, giving RRSG 1 days’ notice. We managed to get this over-turned after about 200 phone calls.[/p][p]In June, after continuing to ignore our efforts to communicate the Home Office tried to rehouse Layla away from all her support again and against medical advice.[/p][p]In desperation RRSG threatened the Home Office with legal action.[/p][p]After months of no communication from the Home Office, they were suddenly able to respond to the threat of legal action within 10 mins![/p][p]In August 2018, we finally succeeded in getting Layla into the supported accommodation that she had been legally entitled to at least 5 months (if not 2 years) before. It has taken huge amounts of volunteer and paid staff time just to help this one person.[/p][p]In 2017, we had 120 (numbers are rising) such cases of varying complexities. We helped 6 victims of slavery and trafficking into support programmes.[/p][p]*Names have been changed to protect anonymity.[/p][p][b]We rely on donations and fundraising to continue this vital work.[/b][/p][p][b]Please support the Walk For Refugees Team as generously as you can.[/b][/p][p][i]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/i][/p]
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Aug 8, 2019

Sue B

Have a joyful walk, well done!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 22, 2019

Freya

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2019

Robert

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid