The Power of Football & Grassroots Community Action
In the spirit of the Euro cup final, we thought we’d reach out to our one of our favourite teams, Dulwich Hamlet, and are so happy to have them with us to talk about how they’ve galvanised their fellow football fans to make incredible social change. In this led discussion, “Dulwich2Dunkirk: Non-league football fans in solidarity with refugees”, they’ll talk about their work, and the potential and power that football has to bring about change in communities.
Dulwich2Dunkirk is a grassroots network of football fans providing aid and support to refugees in the UK, France and further a field, set up in 2015 as a direct response to the global refugee crisis. So far they’ve visited the camps in northern France 8 times in 7 months since setting up the campaign. In that time, they’ve provided thousands of pounds worth of sleeping bags, tents, blankets, clothes, food and other supplies. For those that make it to the UK, they’ve invited new arrivals to watch Dulwich matches to welcome them into the local community, hooked them with local groups where they are based, if they are not local, and supported people in detention and referring them to organisations such as the Red Cross and Refugee Council so that they can access specialist support.