Regarding the crisis in Afghanistan:
Like you, we are watching the news with great sadness and hoping we can help. The Afghan refugees arriving – and hoping to arrive – will have to be processed through one of the various government schemes, then housing will need to be found for them to be moved to. We do not yet have any local arrivals but we are continuing to support all the families we already work with. As such, we are not yet collecting any donations and ask that you please don’t collect items for us until we have a need, as we don’t want any donations to be wasted.
Please read our Afghanistan response to find other ways you can help. Do sign up to our newsletters or join our private Facebook group to hear future updates and if you’d like to volunteer your time as a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. Please explore our website to find out more.
Horsham Refugee Support Group is a group of volunteers that want to support refugees arriving in Horsham, in particular those being resettled in the area through the government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme for Syrian Nationals.
The conflict in Syria has had a great deal of impact on the people who used to live in the area, creating millions of refugees and displacing over 7 million people within Syria. The UK government opened the VPR scheme in 2014 to receive and resettle 20,000 refugees, with a deadline of May 2020. The task of helping refugees settle has been given to local councils, with financial support from the government.
West Sussex County Council has committed to resettling 240 refugees within this time period. These new arrivals will be spread over the seven districts, including Horsham, so the reality is that each district will receive two families per year. Our group works alongside West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council as a voluntary sector partner in the resettlement team, demonstrating the willingness of our community to welcome these vulnerable individuals with open arms.