19th Feb 2018, 6:30PM-8PM: ‘Do Something Big’ Supporters’ Meeting
Date: Monday 19th February 2018
Venue: Milton Keynes Academy, Fulwoods Drive,Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5L
Parking is located at the front of the building, approached via the V7, as per map below:
A message from Tim Norwood, Chair, Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes:
I’d like to ask you to do something big.
We’re in the middle of the world’s biggest refugee crisis, and many of us want to do more to help. Refugees Welcome has been working with our partners to welcome refugees from Syria, but we know that there is so much more to do.
- We need people who can help with the integration of families in Milton Keynes. [We’re particularly keen to find people who will work with refugees and employers – helping get people into work – but there is so much that could be done.]
- We need people to help welcome families. [In particular we need some well-organised people who can coordinate the teams who have already volunteered.]
- We want to raise awareness of the issues affecting refugees and migrants. [We therefore need people who can write, speak or communicate.]
- Our partners need your support in the work they are doing.
At this point, we’re not looking for new ideas. We’re looking for leaders and doers – people who can step up and make a difference. We need active trustees, capable administrators, and people passionate about making a difference.
If you want to learn more, please come to our ‘Do Something Big’ Supporters’ Meeting on February 19th at MK Academy, Milton Keynes Academy, Fulwoods Drive, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5L. We start at 6:30 and will finish at 8. Late-breaking details can be found on [this] Events page: rwmk.org.uk/events
Thanks for hearing the call,
Tim Norwood, Chair, Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes, rwmk.org.uk
From our November newsletter, here is some background information about the 13th Nov 2017 and 19th Feb meetings:
Background: Help Us Set the Agenda – Supporters’ Mtg Nov 13th 2017 & Followup 19th Feb 2018
Two years ago, something amazing happened. People across Britain were moved by the desperate plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Across the country refugees welcome groups sprang up. Our group Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) began as a Citizens MK campaign, but is now an independent charity.
It has been an amazing two years! We have been privileged to welcome eight families to MK through the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Two more families will have arrived by the end of the year – nearly sixty people in all!
If you have been closely involved with any of this, you will know how good it has been to meet our new friends and welcome them to our city. You will also know how careful we have to be about safeguarding, professional boundaries and data protection – which means we can’t talk about it because of the need to preserve family privacy and safety. Some people have been closely involved, but many haven’t had a chance to help yet.
But we are aware of the danger that our initial enthusiasm and energy might evaporate if we don’t revitalize our ideas and rethink our work. To address this we are going to have two very special Supporters’ Summits:
7.00pm on Monday 13 November at the Church of the Holy Cross in Two Mile Ash
For this meeting we’ll be looking to you, our supporters, to take part in a lively workshop with small ‘break-out’ sessions where you will get a chance to brainstorm and expand on your own ideas for how to move RWMK forward in the coming months. Many of you have expressed a desire to help, and as we slowly build capacity and take in more families we will be welcoming the enthusiasts among you to come forward and help us with your ideas. At this first meeting we will hear from refugees and volunteers about the challenges that need to be addressed and welcome ideas from you all for future action. At the end of the evening we hope to form some ‘research groups’ to explore ideas in more detail. The full address of the venue is 2 Church Hill, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes MK8 8EQ.
6.30pm-8pm on Monday 19 February at Milton Keynes Academy
At this meeting we will set the agenda for the coming year and look for supporters to ‘Do Something Big’ (see message from Tim Norwood at the top of this page). The address of the venue is Fulwoods Drive,Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5L
Please join us for these important meetings, and help us welcome more refugees even more effectively in Milton Keynes! Late-breaking details about the meetings will be provided on [this] page: rwmk.org.uk/events