All welcome!

On 26 March 2019, HMSC volunteers Alison and Chris took part in ‘All Welcome!’, an event organised by campaign group Haringey Welcome.

Around 150 local residents, councillors and organisations joined together to celebrate the borough’s diversity and to stand in opposition to the government’s Hostile Environment policies.

The evening opened with an inspiring performance from talented choir Haringey Junior Vox, followed by moving contributions from theatre group Legal Aliens and Syrian oud player Rihab Azar.

Dr Leah Bassell from Haringey Welcome and Cllr Julia Oghihor explained that in November councillors had unanimously passed the Haringey Welcome motion. This was a commitment to ensure that Haringey Council is welcoming to all residents, including migrants and refugees, and opposes harmful Hostile Environment policies. 

There was then a panel discussion with questions from the audience. Panellists and local residents shared examples – including personal experiences – of these policies, including barriers experienced by those with ‘no recourse to public funds’, such as the impact of not being allowed to work, being excluded from essential services, and the difficulty of managing on £50 per week subsistence funding for a parent and child.

HMSC has been working in partnership with Haringey Welcome, Project 17 and NELMA to ensure the most vulnerable migrants and refugees get the support and advice they need. We were delighted to be part of this event, and will continue to work side by side with partner organisations to resist Hostile Environment policies and to help ensure Haringey is a welcoming borough for all.

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