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13:10 - 13:55 9 March 2016

Voluntary organisations and the refugee crisis


Malet Place Eng 1.03 | Engineering Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Tommy Cloherty, Mentoring and Befriending Coordinator, Housing Justice

The “European migrant crisis” saw a rising number of people from Syria and elsewhere seeking refuge in European Union member states, including the United Kingdom. The increase in severity and media coverage of the ‘refugee crisis’ was matched by an astounding increase in people donating time, skills and money to the affected people and the organisations supporting them.

Tommy Cloherty of Housing Justice hopes to:

  • Recount the effect that the refugee crisis has had on the public’s interest in voluntary organisations (in his experience);
  • Discuss how an unexpected event elsewhere can affect UK voluntary organisations both in positive and negative ways;
  • Give some practical insights into the day to day workings of a voluntary sector programme dealing with a sudden surge of public interest; and
  • Start thinking about how organisations can anticipate the waves of public and political interest, and manage the effect of these waves on current initiatives.


Taz Rasul
+44 (0)20 7679 2352 | t.rasul@ucl.ac.uk


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