Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I do to help?
- There is a list of suggestions here: https://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/category/what-can-you-do/
I want to offer a room to a refugee. Who can I contact?
Spare Room for Destitute Forced Migrants http://www.spare-room.org/ [mostly London];
NACCCOM– a national informal network http://naccom.org.uk/ which has a map of all the locations of hosting schemes.
- There are a number of organisations collecting offers of help however the situation is changing quickly, and there is no centrally co-ordinated list.
- Local Councils are going to be co-ordinating the response and so at this time, we suggest you contact your own Council to make an offer.
- There are many asylum seekers (not refugees with status) who are destitute and therefore in need of this kind of support, coming from various parts of the world.
If I make a donation to QARN how might it be used?
- We are all volunteers but we have core expenses mostly for travelling to meetings of QARN, and when we attend meetings with other organisations.
- The core funding also pays for the website domain name and hosting fees.
- QARN is organises events – in the past these have been at Woodbrooke, and at BYM for example, and we have visited Meetings by invitation. We have collaborated with Woodbrooke also in online events.
We want advice about which organisation to donate to. Can you help?
- Make contact with a local group if possible
- QARN members live around the UK and are involved in a wide variety of work. We would usually be able to give you some ideas.
- QARN does not dispense money to other organisations
Can you help us find an asylum seeker to speak at an event?
- QARN members may be able to help with this, or contact RAPAR: http://www.rapar.org.uk/
- or Freed Voices: https://freedvoices.org/
I have an idea about what QARN could do, Who do I contact?
- We welcome ideas. Please bear in mind that the work we undertake is done in our personal time. QARN has a list of Aims here: https://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/about/. Discussion takes place through our email group, but decisions about new strands of activity are usually made during our quarterly meetings. Feel free to join us on the email group or at our meetings. You can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Network is useful for those who want to contact other Quakers so that they can organise as individuals working together independently of QARN.
- QARN’s activities are broader than responding to the current crisis, often involved detailed paperwork. Taking on any new work is subject to discernment in a gathered meeting and an expansion of this depends on the number of people available to take on the work. An increase in our work would only be possible if more people become actively involved in the long term and would be prepared to support this broader work long-term.