The refugee crisis has been in the news a lot in recent months. If you are interested in finding out more about the current situation regarding the UK’s resettlement of Syrian Refugees, please click here.
To learn more about the asylum process and the different needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Refugee Council has a handy glossary of terminology for working with refugees and asylum seekers, click here to go to their website.
There are lots of ways you can support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants.
Below are some ideas that might inspire you.
Become a Place of Welcome
A Place of Welcome is not a project designed specifically for refugees or asylum seekers but is a place where all people are welcome and where churches or groups can offer unconditional hospitality. Click here to find out more.
Start a Welcome Boxes Scheme
Arriving in a new place can be a daunting experience,especially if you can’t speak the language. Many people who come seeking protection, have fled traumatic situations or persecution in their home countries. They have often left homes and loved ones behind and had a long and difficult journey.
Trained volunteers deliver a Welcome Box, filled with small gifts, to the homes of people who have recently arrived in the area. They provide information about local groups and services and can help for example, with finding an English class or a local doctor. Just something simple like going to the local park together or visiting a group, can be a lifeline to people.
A Welcome Box may seem small but it means so much more than the gifts inside. It helps newly arrived families and individuals feel valued and accepted and extends a hand of welcome and friendship in the neighbourhood. Welcome Box volunteers may even be the first local person they meet!
Set up a Conservation Cafe
A conversation cafe provides an opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees whose first language is not English to converse with native English speakers and a chance to practice English reading and writing.
This is typically run as a free service and refreshments are also provided for free.