How to support the arriving refugees from Afghanistan

We want to start by thanking all the people who have recently reached out wanting to support during the Afghan situation. As we have received so many enquiries, we are unable to get back to everyone individually as we need to prioritise our clients, however please read the information below.

MRSN has been supporting people fleeing war, persecution, trauma, famine, natural disasters and all forms of inhumane atrocities. For many of our refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK, our trauma informed care is the first place people turn to for that welcoming support, advice and guidance. Being in operation for over 25 years, coupled with staff and volunteers with lived experience, we at MRSN can relate to the experiences of our service users and therefore know how to respond.

Given the critical climate in Afghanistan, MRSN are capable and ready to respond to our new arrivals from Afghanistan in Manchester. We cannot do this alone and know we can achieve far more together and have therefore partnered with various other agencies. Equally, the outpouring of support from individuals and the general public at large has been overwhelming. Among shoes, clothes, food, phones, educational items and toys etc, people have also offered to provide space in their homes to house our refugees. Others have provided other forms of vacant properties to house our refugees. The need is great but the supply for more properties is in even greater demand.

Financial support

 The biggest help at this time is financial donations. Our Destitution Project provides food, hygiene products and some other essential donations to destitute asylum seekers and refugees. In recent months, we were already struggling to source enough food to feed our current clients and we anticipate many new arrivals will be in desperate need of food, as they will not be allowed to work in order to get money to buy food. At this time we are asking for financial donations so that we have the capacity to provide food and emergency supplies for the newly arriving refugees. Click here to donate.

Properties and accommodation

We are appealing for more properties for which affordable rent can be paid. If you have houses, flats, spare rooms and/or homes of multiple occupancy that we can use to accommodate our refugees please contact andrea@mrsn.org.uk

Household items

We are also appealing for new household items to turn these houses into homes. We also need items for babies such as nappies, and baby equipment. To donate these goods please contact our Destitute Project Coordinator, Jennifer at  jennifer@mrsn.org.uk

Second hand clothes

Care4Calais are no longer accepting second hand clothing. We also do not accepting second hand clothing. Apologies to people who have collected second hand clothing. 

Brand new clothes

We are accepting donations of brand new clothes (not second hand). Unfortunately we do not have the storage facilities to store other donations of second hand clothes or furniture. If you would like to donate brand new clothes please email Heather at heather@mrsn.org.uk to arrange a drop off.

Food

If you would like to donate food, many of the people we work with have specific diets so we may not be able to accept all donations. Therefore you can contact our Destitution Project coordinator, Jennifer at jennifer@mrsn.org.uk to offer food donations and arrange drop offs.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer please click here to see the ways you can volunteer at this time. Please then complete relevant application forms and send to the staff member specified. It may take time for a staff member to respond back to you so please be patient. 

Thank you for all the offers of support and messages. We are proud to do our bit to represent the welcoming spirit of Manchester at this time.

Please be patient at this time if staff are not able to get back to you immediately, we are experiencing a higher volume of calls and emails and have to prioritise who we respond back to as situations evolve.