What we do
Peaceful Borders works to support new arrivals to the UK through helping refugee and migrant community leaders build their capacity and power to create peaceful communities and spaces through developing programmes of meaningful, refugee-led support. These include practical and emotional assistance and the development of social networks within and alongside refugee and migrant communities. Through this we strive to support communities to have a real voice in developing long-term solutions to the problems of isolation, displacement and lack of integration.
Advise and Empower
Having successfully supported community-building and peace-making in the Calais ‘Jungle’ during 2015-16, Peaceful Borders is now using this learning to support community leaders who emerged in the informal camps to use their skills and learning to assist new arrivals to the UK. We continue to accompany and advise grass-roots organisations as they respond to the largest movements of people across Europe since World War II.
Networks and Community
We accompany and support asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants in the UK to build communities of mutual support and solidarity to help new arrivals build successful new lives in the UK. We centre lived-experience in building refugee-led communities to work together for integration and to meaningfully improve their lives. We support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to shape and take an active role in policy advocacy, campaigning and supporting mainstream organisations to use refugee learning and expertise in delivering services.
Hopetowns was the first of several weekly drop-in groups we have organised which aim to support the well-being and successful integration of asylum seekers and refugees into British society, by starting at the early stage of an individual’s asylum process. We support asylum-seekers in London and beyond by providing concrete solutions to everyday problems intertwined with a welcoming atmosphere and emotional support.
We have a track-record of preventing homelessness by assisting individuals with complicated housing cases and supporting family reunion applications for several refugee families in London.
The Witness Project
The Witness Project is a collaborative piece of work with Humans for Rights Network which responds to the large number of asylum seekers in the UK being accommodated in hotels and reception centres. Through listening and bearing witness to their circumstances, we have been able to raise awareness and obtain legal advocacy. We have focussed significantly on the unacceptable number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who have been placed in adult accommodation and have supported Humans for Rights Network in getting many moved into more appropriate accommodation.
We continue to support strategic medium- and long-term volunteers who work to support the most vulnerable of asylum-seekers and refugees who have found themselves in Calais. In partnership with Mennonite Mission Network and Maria Skobstova House we support a family who have moved to Calais to serve those on the margins and at the border.
European Baptist Federation
Our founders Juliet and Simon assist with dialogue and learning across their baptist networks. Juliet is currently chair of the European Baptist Federation’s Commission on Migration which seeks to help its community of 1 million baptists resource, network and reflect on issues of migration. Recent displacements in and around Ukraine and in Israel and Gaza add layers on to the ongoing displacements across Europe caused by global conflicts and climate change.