This exciting community action is gathering steam. Do something positive. Come along and get involved. Everybody is welcome.
Come along and get involved! If you can write, speak Arabic, raise funds, have ideas, project manage, have good contacts, run events, build things…. we’d love you to be on board with one of our twinning projects to support the human in the refugee camp
Next meeting : 7pm, Sat Jul 16th, Hill Station
Our refugee action meeting on Jun 25 made amazing progress. 16 of us, including lots of new faces, gathered to discuss the project so far (Phase 1), outcomes of impact report and next steps. We also heard from Pamela who has spent time volunteering in Calais, and Boz who is working on a radio soap opera with Syrian refugees.
We focused primarily on the need to raise £14k for Phase 2.
Although there was some support for the original concept of the high profile evening event, it was generally felt that it was both too ambitious in the time frame and not necessary given the required budget. It was held as a concept for Phase 3 and a reconfigured idea was discussed to raise funds and awareness for Phase 2.
In its new format, the evening becomes a several day event building awareness and support. We discussed the following possible elements:
- Kick off event on International Peace Day (Wed Sep 21) featuring the photojournalism project Soile is doing with Aske’s / the camp
Other events for Thurs / Fri featuring eg
- Toymaking from recycled materials
- Edmund Waller singing?
- Mini Hexayurt building on Hill Station deck / parking area
- Hexayurts containing experiences eg videos from the project, Syrian refugees living in London storytelling / music / craft, photojournalism display)
- Stage Hill Station to reflect the camp
- Run Calais Kitchen pop ups on Fri/Sat/Sun with music
- Suggested ticket price = annual income eg if you earn £20k you pay £20, if you earn £100k you pay £100
Back by popular demand! Join is at the Hill Station for an amazing evening with Project 12 and some great Indian food. Bar. Raffle. Tickets here. Proceeds towards sorting out the folding doors at the Hill Station.
The London Dance Orchestra has offered to send a Live Swing Quartet to the Hill Station, with a view to starting another night for dancers down this way!!
You’ve heard them at Wilton’s, at Swan Wharf, and currently on Tuesday nights at the Scolt Head in Dalston; if not, here’s a clip from their latest album (not yet released! You heard it here first!). With over 15 years of playing for dancers, they know what we want, and they get a buzz from playing for us, so it’s an ideal situation!!
And here’s the deal. We are limiting this one to 40 max, so we’re asking people to let us know ahead of time that they want to join us, to be sure they get in. And because you have helped me before, if you want to get in at the beginning, here’s your opportunity!
There will be a cash bar.
Tickets: £7; £5 concession if you book with me (Deborah, firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance; £10/£7 on the door. If you want to volunteer (set up, clean up, bar, DJ, door), well, you get in free, of course!
Ps. If we decide to continue, we will need help to do this on a regular basis — people who can get the word out, maybe teach a lesson, prepare fliers, set up FB events and pages, help set up and clean up and for the bar. If you want to help make this an on-going event, let me know when you book.
Can’t wait — Robin is really committed to his music and making it the best possible with the best musicians he/we can afford. Hope to see you there.