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MEENA (formerly UWCC)

The Unofficial Women and Children Centre Calais has changed its name to MEENA. MEENA means LOVE (Pashto), the place we are coming from.   Following...

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The Unofficial Women and Children Centre Calais has changed its name to MEENA. MEENA means LOVE (Pashto), the place we are coming from.
Following more than a year at the frontline of the Calais emergency crisis, MEENA has set up in the UK to continue working with refugees and asylum seekers.
‘The story doesn’t end when you make it to the UK’
MEENA works to identify issues for women and children accessing the asylum system. We offer support and help find solutions for the best possible outcomes. We achieve this by responding immediately to practical needs, signposting local networks including advocacy and professional legal advice, as well as much needed emotional and psychological help. We continue to work with Help Refugees and Safepassage along with other established organisations offering support to asylum seekers and refugees. We continue to monitor the situation for women and children in France and identify and respond to issues.

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Fundraising MEENA formerly UWCC

MEENA is now based in the midlands where we are opening a centre to continue our work with Women and Children asylum seekers and refugees. The centre will offer a safe space and enable this core group to access support and information. We will run workshops to aid integration, independent living skills, understanding ‘rights’, along with activities to enhance quality of life. We are working in partnership with Birmingham University to provide front line Social and Support workers a ‘master class’ on supporting the Women and Children they work with. 

Our outreach work supports young people to ensure they are accessing the services available to them. We have supplied emergency accommodation for women with children, basic mobile phones to the most vulnerable, emergency clothing and hygiene, day-to-day activities to enrich lives, educational support and basic resources. We pay fuel/travel for volunteers.

In London we have launched Welcome Cinema, an integration project inviting refugees and UK Citizens to come together to share food and watch films.

Event date

16-December-2015 12:15  - 
01-April-2017 00:00

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Sending you all lots of love & strength, both volunteers and refugees - keep warm, people!
Donation by Anonymous
on 20-02-2016
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Donation by Anonymous
on 17-02-2016
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Well done to you all x
Donation by Anonymous
on 13-02-2016
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I so wish I could help on a more personal level. I hope this small gift brings someone happiness and health. All my love to thosw who will ever need. Good luck in your lives. I promise we care.
Donation by Anonymous
on 12-02-2016
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With love and solidarity from Supporting Our Sisters in Calais
Donation by Supporting Our Sisters in Calais
on 10-02-2016
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Hi Liz, Theo here (Wilbur's mate who brought the caravan over with him) this is the remainder of the cash we raised. Will be coming back out there again soon so let us know anything you need.
Donation by Theo and Wilbur
on 06-02-2016
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Donation for the Women and Children centre Liz Clegg
Donation by Claire Berthier
on 05-02-2016
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We saw the centre when we came to Calais last time, it's wonderful! Hopefully this can help support your work!
Donation by Anonymous
on 26-01-2016
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Donation by Anonymous
on 25-01-2016
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Thank you for doing such wonderful work!
Donation by Anonymous
on 22-01-2016
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Donation summary

Online Donations: £49,965.58
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £49,965.58
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £57,785.38

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