Press release on Syrian Resettlement Scheme

Council leaders across Worcestershire have agreed to go ahead with a formal bid to the Home Office to relocate Syrian refugees across the county. Negotiations will begin later this month with the Home Office and West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership to host up to 50 people in Worcestershire by the end of 2016. It follows […]

Gifts For Calais

BRWR thanks everyone who contributed to the vanload of clean warm clothes, sleeping bags and other items, which were sent down to Calaid’s new warehouse facility at Feltham last month.  We can still accept items like sleeping bags and men’s waterproof clothing and trainers , which are needed in the Calais camps, but suggest that […]

Update on Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees.

Where are we now?  What is planned next? Both Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council have passed motions welcoming refugees. However they are both insisting on five years Central Government funding before actually accepting refugees. We do have several councillors, both district and county, actively concerned and working to ensure the councils fulfil their […]

Where is integration in the refugee crisis?

Phillip Rapaport wrote: This is the subject on which Professor Jenny Phillimore spoke at the City Of Sanctuary meeting I attended last in Birmingham. She spoke of the three stages of integration: Reception, Orientation and Social mobility, and how research shows that failure to properly engage with new arrivals can contribute to their ill health […]

Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust condemns Paris attacks and calls for unity and solidarity

(Copied from a Bromsgrove Standard publication, 14th November 2015, written by Tristan Harris) BROMSGROVE Muslim Community Trust (BMCT) has condemned the actions of those who carried out the horrific attacks in Paris which have left almost 130 people dead. French President Francois Hollande said last night’s shocking shootings, bomb blasts and a hostage siege, were […]

Public Meeting Minutes 28th October 2015

St Peter’s Church Hall was full on Wednesday October 28th when more than 60 people attended the second meeting of the BRWR group to show their support. We were a diverse group of residents from local churches, schools, Muslim and Arabic communities, from all over Bromsgrove district, Northfield and Rubery. Several members came from the Equality […]

How Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees began

Following the very welcome news from Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council that refugees under the Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme (VPRS) will be welcome in Bromsgrove, a group of us met in Bromsgrove on the 30th September to form a community group called ‘Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees’.  The idea of this group is […]