Refugee Support Group

syrian refugees saved from war by community church
Syrian refugee family saved from war by Community Church

In July 2017 our parish set up Our Lady’s Refugee Support Group to plan to bring a Syrian family fleeing conflict and in need of protection from a refugee camp and help them to settle in Croydon as part of the Community Sponsorship Scheme. This was set up by the British Government through the Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme with the aim of bringing 20,000 refugees to settle in the UK by 2020. The Catholic Church has been very supportive of this scheme, with the Diocese of Salford already welcoming their first Syrian family to the UK.Sponsor Refugees LinkCommunity Sponsorship enables community groups to become directly involved in supporting the resettlement of refugees in the UK. Our Lady’s Refugee Support Group is working towards bringing a family to resettle in our area and we commit to support them to reintegrate successfully for a period of one year and offer accommodation for two years. Practically we will be helping the family by providing housing, supporting with access to medical and social services, helping with English tuition, supporting towards employment and self-sufficiency, and of course providing the family with a warm welcome.

Our group meets monthly in the small hall, and dates are always advertised in the newsletter. All are welcome to join us. For more details contact chris.sciberras@btinternet.com or 07522 357219.

We are grateful for the help we have received from other organisations including Refugee Support Network, Church Response for Refugees, Citizens UK, Welcoming Syrian RefugeesSponsor Refugees and the Southwark Justice and Peace Commission.

We are preparing a resettlement plan, which will also need to be approved by Croydon Council and the Home Office.