Long-term readers of the Refugee Action blog might remember our Christmas blog from way back in December 2009: “All we want for Christmas is you!”. Festively soundtracked by Mariah Carey, it asked our staff what they were hoping for that Christmas and New Year (serious wishes and not-so-serious wishes).
This year (to save them from tears) we’ve asked our teams that very same question. Here’s what they told us…
Nouri, Assistant Caseworker, Manchester: “I’d like there to be enough funds to support destitute people.”
David, Deputy OSS Manager, Manchester: “For Christmas, I’d like all children whose parents have fled persecution to feel safe and secure.”
Ronnie, Supporter Development Officer, Liverpool: “I would like to thank all our ace supporters and ask them to recruit one more supporter each so that we can deliver the extra services that our clients need. I would also like an end to cruel and completely ineffective destitution.”
Hassan, Caseworker, Manchester: “I would like to ask Santa to persuade the Home Office to increase support for people choosing to return to their home countries.”
Julia, Press Officer: ‘I would like to see the media write balanced pieces on asylum and help to give refugees a louder voice.”
Catherine, Deputy Manager, Manchester: “I’d like some pushchairs for clients with very young children.”
And finally, from Salma (our Fundraising and Comms Assistant): “I would like to reach or exceed the £12,000 target for our winter destitution appeal. I’d also like Ryan Gosling wrapped up in a pretty red bow.”
Thank you to everyone who’s supported our work and spoken up for refugees and asylum seekers this year. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year. Happy holidays!