National charity appointed to support resettlement of Syrian refugees in Shropshire

Refugee Action has been appointed to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees into Shropshire. The national charity was chosen following a competitive procurement selection process to oversee the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the county. With over 30 years’ experience, Refugee Action is the leading charity supporting the resettlement of refugees in the UK, enabling some of the world’s most vulnerable people to rebuild their lives in dignity and integrate within local communities. The charity will be working closely with Shropshire’s Syrian Refugee Cross-Party Working Group to resettle up to 10 families in the county.  A team of dedicated staff and volunteers will be on hand to help the new arrivals settle into their new homes, access local services, and identify ways to help them integrate with local communities.

Mal Price, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for planning, housing, regulatory services and environment, and Chair of Shropshire’s Syrian Refugee Cross-Party Working Group, said: “I am delighted that Refugee Action have been appointed and look forward to working with them. Refugee Action was appointed because of their expertise in working with refugees and of this particular resettlement programme, and because of their willingness and enthusiasm for working with the local communities in Shropshire to harness all the support and goodwill on offer.”

Julie Kashirahamwe, Refugee Action’s National Resettlement Manager, said:  ”Refugee Action is delighted to be working in partnership with Shropshire Council to welcome Syrian refugees across the county over the coming year. Building on over 30 years’ experience of resettlement, our dedicated staff and volunteers look forward to working closely with the council to ensure these individuals and families, who have faced unimaginable horrors, are empowered to rebuild their lives in dignity.”

For more information about the Shropshire’s resettlement programme, or if you want to register your support, please email refugeesshropshire@shropshire.gov.uk.

We will be contacting all residents and groups who have kindly offered support as our plans progress.

You can also visit http://shropshire.gov.uk/syrian-refugee-support/. Here you’ll find FAQs to address any questions members of the public may want to ask, and myth busters around both refugees and asylum seekers.

Today (Wednesday 16 March 2016) Shropshire Council’s Cabinet agreed to the provision and support planned for the council’s on-going help to Syrian refugees: click here.

Collection of Clothes and Equipment for Refugees in Calais.

The Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR) committee is collecting items needed for the people stuck in horrid conditions in camps across Europe. St. John’s Church has kindly offered their Community hall next to the church for three Saturday afternoons for handing in donations for refugees.

The collection dates are Saturdays 19th March, 16th April and 14th May. People can drop off their items at the hall between 2pm and 5pm.  Please secure items in strong black bin bags of the kind normally used for domestic refuse. Bags need to be clearly labelled, stating for example the type and size of clothes. Men’s and women’s clothes need to be packed separately. Your aid will be taken on the same day by People in Motion to ship across to the refugee camps.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation is asked to read the following information carefully.

What donations do refugees need?

  1. Dignity packs: a full change of clothes for an individual. Include new underwear, thermal socks, joggers or leggings, two long sleeved tops, a hoody or fleece, all packed in a transparent bag and labelled by sex and size or age, e.g. ladies size 12. Include a small toy for children and toiletries for adults, e.g. toothbrush, deoderant, wipes, razor, comb, lip balm.
  2. Warm clothing, waterproof footwear – boots, wellies, trainers, particularly men’s sizes 41, 42, 43. Waterproof coats (small and medium sizes for men and women, all sizes for children). New underwear, new bras. Warm clothing, thermal socks, warm practical gloves, hats and scarves.
  3. Camping equipment. Quality complete tents, gas cooking stoves, small gas powered camping heaters, sleeping bags and warm quick drying blankets.

Don’t send loose toiletries, toys, quilts, duvets, pillows or any unsorted clothes

Money is valuable to cover the cost of People in Motion volunteers transporting goods and helping in Calais. To donate money to People in Motion send a letter to David Bland, Morfield, Rylands Road, Leominster, HR6 8PN enclosing a cheque made payable to the PCC (Parochial Church Council) of Leominster Priory stating that the donation is for Refugee Support, People in Motion.

Alternatively make a BACS payment to Sort Code 80-11-00 Account No: 06058724 putting the reference: REFUGEE SUPPORT. (Then Send a message to Elaine Lawson, Chair of People in Motion laylan@yahoo.co.uk   tel 07598320689 saying you have made the BACS payment.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP ORGANISE THE COLLECTION AT St JOHN’s.. Please contact Naeem to volunteer:-

Further information can be obtained from Naeem Arif, Vice Chairman of BRWR: tel: 0772 2429 304 or email naeemarif57@gmail.com.

Collections for Refugee Camps

Bromsgrove Welcome Refugees (BRWR) committee is collecting needed items for the people stuck in horrid conditions in camps across Europe and Jordan. St. John’s Baptist Church has kindly offered their community hall for three Saturday afternoons to collect donations for refugees.

The collection dates are 19th March, 16th April and 14th May. People can drop off their aid between 2pm till 5pm.  Please secure items of aid in strong black bin bags that are normally used for domestic refuse.  Bags need to be clearly labeled, for example stating the type and size of clothes. Men’s and women’s clothes need to be packed separately. Your aid will be collected on the same day by People in Motion to ship across the refugee camps.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation is asked to read the following information carefully.

People in Motion

To donate money to People in Motion send a letter to David Bland, Morfield, Rylands Road, Leominster, HR6 8PN enclosing a cheque made payable to the PCC (Parochial Church Council) of Leominster Priory stating that the donation is for Refugee Support, People in Motion.

Alternatively make a BACS payment to Sort Code 80-11-00 Account No: 06058724 putting the reference: REFUGEE SUPPORT. (Then Send a message to Elaine Lawson, Chair of People in Motion laylan@yahoo.co.uk   tel 07598320689 saying you have made the BACS payment.

Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees committee is a community organisation set up by local residents.  Its aim is to mobilize community support to complement services that will be offered to refugees by the Worcestershire district councils.  The committee will be working in collaboration with Bromsgrove council, local voluntary groups and support organizations, like People in Motion to provide a joined up support to refugees.

Further information can be obtained from Naeem Arif, vice chairman of BRWR on 07722429304 or by email naeemarif57@gmail.com