The London Churches Refugee Fund raises money to give small grants to organisations assisting destitute refugees and asylum-seekers.
LCRN members come in all shapes and sizes, from individual churches assembling food parcels or collecting clothing, through centres hosting monthly or weekly groups, to large accommodation projects and drop-in centres open every day and offering a range of services, advice and counselling. What they have in common is that, though they achieve miracles with gifts in kind and volunteer help, there are some essential items that require cash.
The London Churches Refugee Fund was set up to meet this need. We launched at Westminster Abbey in June 2007, to raise money to give small grants to organisations assisting asylum-seekers. Our funds are restricted to those who are destitute. We gave our first grants in October 2007 and up to the end of 2015 have distributed over £125,000 in total.
While we also support agencies that are not in LCRN, we continue to have close ties with the Network and one of our Trustees normally attends their meetings.
How we work. The trustees meet up to six times annually and two of these meetings are devoted to scrutinising grant applications and deciding how to allocate the funds we have available.
We have no staff. All activities are carried out by the Trustees and other volunteers, so we also hold task-based informal meetings. We thank St. Martin’s Gospel Oak and the London Inter-faith Centre for hosting our meetings and for their practical support.
The need to help the very vulnerable people who arrive in the UK seeking asylum seems to be growing all the time. What we can do in response is limited by our resources, for which we depend on a relatively small group of churches and individuals. Could you help spread the word for us?
What is LCRF ?
We are a charity set up in 2007 in response to the needs of organisations meeting together at the London Churches Refugee Network (LCRN), mostly church-based drop-in centres.