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To: London Borough of Wandsworth

Refugees Welcome in Wandsworth

Refugees Welcome in Wandsworth

Offer homes to at least 10 refugee families

Why is this important?

Aylan, the toddler who drowned fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety.

Yet our prime minister said ‘we won't take any more refugees’. He thinks that most of us don't care. But 38 Degrees members do care. We don't want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria.

So let's stand up for Britain's long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let's call on Wandsworth Council to follow other local Councils like Merton and Kingston and commit to provide homes for at least 10 refugee families.

How it will be delivered

Deliver them to our Councillors at the Town Hall

London Borough of Wandsworth

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Reasons for signing

  • These refugees are human beings like us created in the image of God, they deserve better life with peace and without fear.
  • I signed because no one deserves to live under constant fear for their lives! Only desperation could make people flee under such dangerous conditions. If my family were ever in this situation I would hope someone would welcome us to start a new life!
  • "We can all be refugees Sometimes it only takes a day..." Benjamin Zephaniah

Updates

2015-10-15 21:57:13 +0100

Thanks to our pressure, last night the Council debated our campaign. The bad news is the motion was amended to remove any commitment to welcome at least 10 families.

But the good news is that our campaign has pushed the council to say that 'Wandsworth is ready to play its part and we are waiting for details from the Home Office on the role local councils will be asked to play in helping the victims of this appalling crisis'.

The campaign will continue to ensure Wandsworth welcomes at least 10 families - the Council has put up this page with some helpful suggestions of what you can practically do - http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200439/get_involved/2055/syrian_refugee_crisis.

2015-10-11 10:50:07 +0100

The debate on Wednesday is a great opportunity to get the Council to publicly commit to welcome at least 10 refugee families to Wandsworth.

Ahead of the debate please get in touch with your local Councillors and ask them to commit to support our campaign.

It doesn't need to be a long message, you just need to say;
- You signed the petition.
- You'd like to see the Council to publicly commit to welcome at least 10 refugee families when its debated on Wednesday.
- That Wandsworth would be joining other local boroughs like Kingston (who've committed to find homes for 50 families) and Merton who've already committed to welcome refugees.

You can find details of your local Councillor - http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/yourcouncillors.

Please copy Cllr Ravi Govindia (rgovindia@wandsworth.gov.uk) into your message so he is aware of the level of local support across the Borough.

2015-10-11 10:05:50 +0100

Wandsworth Council still refuses to respond to our campaign, but on Wednesday night our campaign will be debated at the Town Hall. Ahead of the debate please share the petition to help us reach 1,000 names on the petition calling for the Council to commit to welcome at least 10 refugee families.

2015-09-20 18:13:00 +0100

Wandsworth Council still hasn't committed to provide a welcome for at least 10 refugee families despite over 650 of us calling for this.

Last Sunday, I sent our petition to Councillors Ravi Govindia, the leader of the Council, Jonathan Cook, the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Serivices and Rex Osborn, the Leader of the Opposition asking them to commit to welcome at least 10 refugee families.

But a week later, I've had no response.

Can you send a personal messages to Councillors Govindia on rgovindia@wandsworth.gov.uk and Councillors Cook on jonathancook@wandsworth.gov.uk. In your email please say;

- You signed the petition.
- You'd like to see the Council to publicly commit to welcome at least 10 refugee families
- That Wandsworth would be joining other local boroughs like Kingston (who've committed to find homes for 50 families) and Merton who've already committed to welcome refugees.

2015-09-09 19:43:23 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-09-08 23:37:53 +0100

We've made it into the local paper. Check out the coverage in the Wandsworth Guardian.
http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/13654662.display/

2015-09-07 20:08:31 +0100

Already over 40 councils, including nearby Kingston have offered homes to at least 10 refugees. Together we can get Wandsworth Council to join the list > http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/03/thousands-in-uk-pledge-to-help-resettle-refugees

2015-09-07 20:05:07 +0100

Over 350 people have signed. Thanks for getting involved, help us get to Please do share the campaign using the suggested tweets below;

Agree that #refugeeswelcome in #Wandsworth #Balham #Tooting, please sign > https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/refugees-welcome-in-wandsworth-3

Please join me and call on @wandbc to provide a #refugeeswelcome to at least 10 families > https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/refugees-welcome-in-wandsworth-3

2015-09-05 13:01:49 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-09-05 09:07:48 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-09-05 00:13:39 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-09-04 22:43:12 +0100

10 signatures reached