Want to lend a helping hand? Great! Here’s how.
Donate your time
We have a team of around 35 volunteers who work as befrienders, tutors, English teachers, interpreters, drivers, and much more! There is also a Core Team of volunteers who run the group.
Our volunteers work with local refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as asylum seekers and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) from a wide variety of countries.
Speakers of Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian and Russian are especially useful right now. If you can support us with translating/interpreting, please contact us.
If we have specific volunteer roles that need filling, we use our newsletter, Facebook page and local volunteer forum to advertise these. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay connected and follow us on Facebook.
We have used money donated to help refugee families buy things that are not covered by their scheme and have an added expense, such as laptops, dictionaries and secondary school uniform. We also buy items to provide ‘the basics’ for young asylum seekers who arrive in the area. Our funds are also used to buy resources (such as crafts and games) for social occasions with the families and our volunteers, or for our English conversation group sessions (such as dictophones and teaching resources).
We put out requests via our newsletters when the refugees we support have a need. Find out what we are looking for.
Please note that we don’t take donations unless we are asking for specific items. You can give to Horsham Matters to support local people in need, or to the Samara’s Aid Appeal to help other Syrian refugees.
Tell us about your vacant property
One of the biggest challenges in this area is finding appropriate properties for refugees who come here under the VPR scheme. If you are a landlord and wish to help, please get in contact and we can tell you more.
Support the cause
Take time to find out about Safe Passage, Citizens UK’s campaign to persuade government to do more for refugees, including the Dubs Scheme. They are asking for us to write to our MPs to persuade them to keep the Dubs Scheme open after Brexit, continuing to allow refugees to be legally reunited with family members here in the UK.
Contact us to offer support.