About the Refugee Solidarity Summit
Every year, huge numbers of people act in solidarity with refugees – many addressing urgent and unmet needs of displaced people in the UK and across Europe. Much of this humanitarian work is undertaken voluntarily, its impact is enormous, yet often goes unacknowledged.
Volunteers have built support-systems that would otherwise be lacking for displaced people – often amidst gruelling conditions. Initiatives range from search-and-rescue missions to the provision of regular warm meals, shelter, healthcare, therapy, informal education, legal advice and compassionate human contact. In the past year, volunteers and staff have reported unprecedented levels of trauma and burn-out.
This Summit is an opportunity to regroup, receive training and support and build resilience in the face of an increasingly hostile environment.