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Welcoming Refugees

How You Can Help

Image Source: DFID
Image Source: DFID

Sections on this page are:

1. Housing a refugee family

2. Fostering a refugee child

3. Befriending

4. Donating

5. Reflect & Pray

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Get Connected (Links)

 

1. Housing a refugee family

Offering to be a landlord, using spare buildings/houses

CALLING LANDLORDS!

We urgently need landlords to step forward and offer their properties to local authorities for the purpose of protecting and sheltering refugees. This doesn’t mean giving up the property for free, landlords will be eligible to receive local housing allowance rates. Lets need to be for a minimum of 14 months, but are ideally for longer so resettled refugees have more stability.

See http://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk/calling-landlords/

Note: TMCP have recently agreed manses can be used in this area.  Currently waiting for details on how this can be applied.

Engaging local landlords

OFFERING ROOMS:

Thousands of people have offered up spare rooms to resettle vulnerable refugees fleeing violence. At present neither of the two government run resettlement programmes can accept such offers and so in the short term they cannot be used to help Syrian refugees.

That said there are tens of thousands of destitute asylum seekers in Britain who are denied the right to work and often have no access to housing at all. They urgently need people to open their homes and are just as deserving of safety. You can connect with charities that help people with such hosting here:

NACCOM is a national charity supporting local agencies that provide accommodation for destitute asylum seekers

Lobbying Local authorities to find space

A powerful network of local #RefugeesWelcome groups are popping up all across the UK.

In some towns and cities local groups have been working to protect people for years, in some we’re just getting things started. These same groups can welcome people when they are resettled to your area, though programme times may vary.

See http://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk/campaigning-for-change/

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2. Fostering a refugee child

Of the 20,000 people over the next five years, many are expected to be orphans and “unaccompanied minors” – young people in camps on their own. Nationally there is a chronic lack of trained foster carers who might support young refugees. Such a commitment is not to be taken lightly, nor is the long-term prospect of adoption.

Many of the young people who will be resettled may suffer serious trauma, even those without acute difficulties can only be placed with families with the utmost care. They may find it difficult to communicate and difficult to trust. It is vitally important that these children and young people are placed in safe homes where they can have the time, space and support to begin to rebuild their lives.

Those who think they have what it takes to support a young person who’s sought sanctuary should read through the materials provided by specialist organisations who can help them get trained and registered.

FOSTERING

Home for Good works with many local authorities across the UK and are compiling a database of people who have space in their homes and may be interested in fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for a few days in an emergency, short term or long term. Find out more about how to foster on their website.

 

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3. Befriending

REFUGEE ACTION

Imagine what it’s like to flee your home in fear. To arrive in a new country with nothing but your life.

You’ve survived. But how will you live?

At Refugee Action, we help refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. We get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity. Then we help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.

Want to make refugees welcome in your community? Here's how you can help.

BOAZ TRUST

The Boaz Trust is a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester.

They provide accommodation, as well as food and other essentials, to those who are unable to access support from anywhere else.

They also provide advocacy and pastoral support, and campaign on a local and national level for justice in asylum legislation.

See: http://boaztrust.org.uk

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Donating clothes, household items and more

Many people want to contribute but don’t have much cash they can spare. Initiatives such as CalAid publish a list of the things they most urgently need – from backpacks to shoes and candles.

DONATING MONIES

If you want to give to charities who will spend the overwhelming majority of your donation on the ground we recommend:

  • Methodist fund - Donations for Methodist Refugee Support

    Cheques made payable to “The Methodist Church World Mission Fund”. Please note: ‘Methodist Refugee Support’ to be clearly marked on the reverse side of the cheque

    To be sent to ‘Mission and Advocacy, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

    Queries: tel: 0207 467 3532 (Stephen Drury), 

    Please include name and contact details.

    Please consider gift-aiding contributions if you are eligible. Download gift-aid form.

  • To help in Syria and surrounding countries where it can make a massive difference – the UNHCR Emergency Appeal for Syrian Children or the Red Cross or Christian Aid.
  • To help in tackling the crisis and drownings in the Med – Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

    To work across the crisis we recommend Save the Children.

  • To support those resettled here in the UK we recommend Refugee Action.
  • To support those in Calais we recommend CalAid.

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5. Reflect & Pray

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Resource

The resource from the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) is intended to stimulate thinking and reflection about what happens in the long term to those people from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria and many others fleeing war, violence and persecution, who come to live in the UK and how the Church’s mission is shaped to respond to those to whom we pledge our loving service.

See: https://ctbi.org.uk/how-the-churches-are-responding-to-the-refugee-crisis/

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