Giving a voice to refugee communities in London
Aim of the forum
The forum aims to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum in London by amplifying RCOs’ voices in policy and practice related discussions to achieve positive change. The forum will give RCOs the opportunity to use their knowledge, expertise, insight and evidence to engage in policy-making discussions and have a say on how existing and proposed policies, practices and strategies affect the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum.
Members of the London RCO Advocacy Forum are London-based RCOs willing to work together to reduce the reliance on mediation through bigger charities and engage directly with those in positions of power in London.
Training for members
Forum members receive support and training in advocacy routes and techniques, how best to use their own evidence and insight in conducting advocacy work, and the benefits of collective action to achieve change.
Forum’s advocacy work
Forum members will select key policy issues affecting their communities, and develop action plans to engage with policy and decision makers to secure change that will help address the problems that refugees and people seeking asylum face.
The forum works to:
- Empower RCOs: by providing them with the best knowledge and expertise they need to engage with policy and decision makers and to participate effectively in policy-making processes.
- Influence decision makers: by creating an effective and transparent engagement mechanism between RCOs and people in position of power to affect change.
- Facilitate collaboration: through the co-production of joint solutions and co-design of cross-sector relationships in order to achieve positive changes to policy and practice for refugee communities.
The forum will be governed by RCOs themselves and its leadership, strategy and action plan will be developed through co-production of the founding members .