Lambeth is working with all partners to provide support to hundreds of newly arrived Afghan families while they quarantine on arrival in the UK, providing round the clock interpretation services so that they can receive reassurance and so we can understand their needs. We have also commissioned local GPs to perform medical checks including mental health, maternity and domestic violence services.
We are supporting the coordination of donations alongside Re-act, a humanitarian response charity. With the help of Stockwell Children’s Centre, Lambeth Hygiene Bank and the South London Islamic Centre we have delivered vital supplies to the families including clothes, hygiene items, toys, religious items, educational resources and more. We have committed to housing at least five Afghan families in the Borough.
Lambeth also recently committed to being a place of sanctuary for refugees and officially made a stand against the hostlie environment. We have called on the Government to do much more to support LGBTQ+ people who face persecution by the Taliban. We will continue to do everything we can to support refugees from Afghanistan and all those who fear persecution and seek sanctuary in our Borough.