Refugee Week

20 June 2022

Refugee Week seems like the perfect opportunity to celebrate and introduce CARAS, one of KN’s two newly nominated charities which we will be supporting for the years 2022-2024.

CARAS is a community outreach charity based in Tooting who support people of refugee and asylum-seeking background who live in South-West London.

Having volunteered at CARAS for a number of years, it brings me a huge amount of happiness to see Kingsley Napley connect with the organisation, with the hope that we can provide support and awareness raising over the next two years for people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds.

Supporting a refugee-focussed charity in the current climate seems more relevant than ever, with the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the outbreak of war in Ukraine meaning that displaced persons are at the forefront of our minds. The timing is also particularly pertinent at a time when the government has enacted hostile laws against asylum seekers in the Nationality and Borders Act and is seeking to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda by way of a policy which raises serious moral and legal concerns. The hostility towards refugees that seeps through the bureaucratic layers of the asylum system is felt by people every day in vulnerable and difficult situations in the UK.

 

CARAS provides a safe place for those who are navigating this process, with a range of group activities that invites people of all ages to develop their English skills, access services and opportunities, build supportive social networks and to feel welcomed.

My experience of volunteering at CARAS has been extremely positive and varied. I assist the youth casework team who provide 1-to-1 support for young people with a range of issues, including those arising from the social care system, foster placements, lack of school places, their asylum applications and mental health concerns to name a few. There is a youth club which provides an opportunity for young people to come, play pool and table tennis, cook and eat together, hang out and meet other people who are new to the UK.

Having seen the impact that CARAS can have on the wellbeing of the community members that attend their activities, it was not a difficult decision to nominate the charity and I could not be happier than our fundraising efforts at KN for the next two years will be for the benefit of CARAS and Papyrus.

Further information 

If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Gibson in our Public Law team.

 

About the author

Rosie is an associate in Kingsley Napley's public law team. She joined Kingsley Napley in 2016 as a paralegal in the Regulatory department. She subsequently worked in the Criminal Litigation department before starting as a trainee in September 2019. Rosie has now completed her training contract and fully qualified as a solicitor in September 2021.

 

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