What is the Lewisham Migration Forum (LMF)? In 2018, the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (LRMN) set up the Lewisham Migration Forum. The Forum is a space for individuals, communities, businesses, charities, universities, the Council, health providers, and more, to get together and discuss issues, share resources and collaborate on campaigns and initiatives and to make the migrant and refugee sector in the borough stronger and more effective.
Who is invited? The Forum is open to anyone working with migrant and refugee communities and to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers themselves. Experts by experience also take part in the forum, sometimes by direct involvement or through a spokesperson. Currently, the Forum involves:
• Representatives of Lewisham council
• Organisations working in healthcare
• Community groups
• Charities that work with migrants
• Faith groups
• Civil society groups
Who runs it? Previously, the Forum had a rotating steering committee formed of 12 members. But today, the forum is chaired by Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, who facilitates meetings, takes minutes and shares the agenda.
How often do we meet? The Forum meets every two to three weeks.
What are our activities? Our priorities are to:
• Ensure Lewisham can become a Borough of Sanctuary those seeking sanctuary
• Strengthen partnership and collaboration amongst groups working with and supporting migrants in Lewisham.
This includes collaborating on emergency response (such as Covid-19), promoting and participating in the Sanctuary campaign, discussing new services and provisions.
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