THE POOL'S BIG CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

The make-a-difference gift guide

THE POOL'S BIG CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

The make-a-difference gift guide

Show some solidarity this Christmas – give money to a grassroots organisation fighting the good fight

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By Vic Parsons on

Show some solidarity this Christmas – give money to a grassroots organisation fighting the good fight

By Vic Parsons on

Our pick Sisters Uncut

You are probably already familiar with this direct-action feminist group, which opposes government cuts that affect services for domestic-violence survivors. Two women a week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner, and many, many more experience domestic violence. Sisters Uncut's work to improve services for survivors is vital and donations go towards their meetings and actions. You can also – with one click! – make it a monthly donation. Just a suggestion...

SUPPORT
  • LESBIANS AND GAYS SUPPORT THE MIGRANTS

    A queer group that fundraises to support migrants, inspired by 1980s activists Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, as featured in the film Pride. LGSM can often be seen shaking buckets in Soho, so tip your wallet into one or click below to send them money via Paypal. 

    BUY
  • MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS

    This organisation provides immediate medical aid to Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees, and also works to build up the long-term capacity of the Palestinian healthcare system. As the security situation in Gaza continues to worsen, more people than ever need urgent medical care and support – according to Human Rights Watch, 70% of the 1.9 million people living in Gaza are now reliant on humanitarian aid – you can make a one-off donation or commit to monthly support.

    DONATE
  • SEX WORKER ADVOCACY AND RESISTANCE MOVEMENT

    SWARM does essential work, including running outreach events, providing support to those of all genders who are suffering the effects of violence and stigma, and campaigning for the decriminalisation of sex work. They need money so that they can keep running, continue fighting to decriminalise sex work and create safe spaces for sex workers.

    DONATE
  • DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS

    DPAC was formed in 2010 after the first mass protest against austerity cuts. Made up of disabled people, they fight for justice and human rights for all disabled people. They've done some great campaigning against the Universal Credit rollout, which Pool readers will already be familiar with. You can donate, or why not donate and also buy some badges and T-shirts for gifts?

    SUPPORT
  • STREETS KITCHEN

    Grassroots group helping the homeless community in the UK and Ireland. Streets Kitchen provides food, clothing and information to those without homes.

    DONATE
  • LONDON LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CENTRE

    Earlier this year, a team of volunteers raised over £100K to get this idea off the ground – an accessible, multi-purpose space for the LGBTQ+ community. That this space doesn't exist yet outside of queer bars may surprise you – and queer bars are closing at an alarming rate in the capital – but the importance of a safe, daytime space for the whole community, including those who may not be able to access the community via bars, like younger or disabled LGBTQ+ people, cannot be overstated.

    DONATE
  • STREET VET

    This is a registered veterinary practice that delivers free care to homeless people and their canine pals in cities across England, including London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham and Cambridge. StreetVet uses donations to buy medications, pay for life-saving operations and equip their teams with the equipment they need.

    DONATE
  • ACTION FOR TRANS HEALTH

    Transgender people in the UK face huge barriers to getting the healthcare they need, experiencing issues ranging from two-year waiting lists to transphobic medical staff. ATH is a national organisation with local chapters in major cities that campaigns for better access to healthcare and engages with medical professionals via workshops and outreach to improve understanding. They also give small cash grants to trans people who are particularly vulnerable and need help – trans people struggling with their health can then experience other problems, like being kicked out of housing or employment. A proportion of each funding round is ringfenced for trans people of colour.

    SUPPORT
  • SOAS DETAINEE SUPPORT

    This is a student-led initiative, founded in 2006 at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. SDS campaigns against the unfair removal and detention of migrants, and they visit detainees held in Immigration Removal Centres. All their funds go directly to supporting people in detention – from travel expenses for visits to phone top-ups for detainees.

    SUPPORT
  • THE OUTSIDE PROJECT

    This grassroots group launched last year and consists of LGBTQ+ activists, friends and colleagues who work in the homelessness sector and understand the unique problems the LGBTQ+ community faces. Last year, they fundraised enough money to buy a 12-bed bus, which was used as a professional shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ people over the winter and as a community hub. Demand was overwhelming, demonstrating the need for such a facility, and they received funding from the mayor of London to secure a permanent venue. You can donate to their running costs below.

    SUPPORT
  • UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD

    A campaigning trade union led by migrants and workers in precarious jobs, you might know UVW as one of the organisers of the recent march in London in solidarity with workers in precarious jobs, following the Uber gig-economy court case. UVM are also supporting strippers and independent sex workers in England and Scotland who are beginning to organise for their rights at work, secure pay and safety.

    DONATE
  • COMMON HOUSE

    This is a collectively managed space in east London for radical groups, projects and community events. Formed in 2013 as a response to how expensive it is to hire space in London for activist meetings, and because those spaces don't let you have kids or food at your meetings – and are often not open at the times needed. Common House is a place where activist organisations meet, organise, party, watch films, make props and paint banners together. Help to keep the space open by donating now (they also have a wish list of items needed, like loo roll and a new kettle, which you can see via the link below).

    DONATE
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