The Regional Asylum Activism project has a section on its website with tools and resources for local groups and activists who are interested in campaigning on asylum issues. This has been recently updated with a briefing about how to set up a Lunchtime Campaign Group. For details see: http://regionalasylumactivism.org/resources/
Want to get started? Here are our tools and resources for local groups and activists campaigning for the rights of people seeking asylum in the UK.
Campaigning takes many forms, depending on who you want to influence and what you’re trying to change. Luckily there’s a whole box of tools at your disposal and many years of campaigning know-how out there for you to draw on.
Whether you are stepping up to play your part in supporting a national campaign, or you want to lead a local action, we hope you’ll find this information useful: Effective Campaigning – RAA Briefing – Updated
Lunchtime Campaign Groups are an excellent way to take regular campaign actions in support of a more just and humane asylum system. They are easy to run and really help influence opinion formers and decision makers. Click here to read our briefing: RAA Briefing – How to Run a Lunchtime Campaign Group – Final
For support and information about current campaigns, and advice on appproaches to effecting change in your local area, please contact your Regional Activism Co-ordinator.
Click here for ideas to spark your imagination, help you reach new audiences and win hearts and minds.
Influencing Decision Makers
Click here for advice and top tips on routes to infuencing politicians and opinion formers.
We’ve produced a range of nifty resources outlining key arguments in support of our four main advocacy goals:
• Improve decision making and ensure that all those in need of protection receive it;
• Provide asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute with sufficient support so that they can meet their essential living needs while they remain in the UK (How to Win the Argument – Support Rates).
• Grant asylum seekers permission to work if their case has not been resolved within six months or they have been refused, but temporarily cannot be returned through no fault of their own;
• Provide free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the UK (How to Win The Argument – Healthcare).
For the latest ‘Call to Action’ on these goals, visit our Take Action Today page.
LOBBYING YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL
To date, 11 Councils across the UK have passed motions that protest against the Government’s use of destitution as a policy tool within the asylum system. Want to get involved? Check out our How to Win the Argument: Passing Motions Against Destitution and get started!
AWARENESS RAISING TOOLS
There are many accessible and informative resources to help raise awareness about why people are forced to flee their homes, and the challenges they experience here in the UK as they seek protection from persecution. Click here to access awareness raising resources.
REGIONAL EVIDENCE ABOUT PROBLEMS FACING PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM
Regional Asylum Activism works with asylum seekers and refugees and local support organisations to identify problems and recommend solutions. We respond to government inquiries and calls for evidence and we carry out/ contribute to local research. Click here to find out more about what we’ve learnt.