If you want to know how you can help refugees in Cambridge, look at this document.
We are a group of volunteers, initially set-up by Citizens UK (www.refugees-welcome.org.uk), helping other organizations working within Cambridge to welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, fleeing persecution and war. We aim to positively influence public opinion on refugees, enabling the people of Cambridgeshire to volunteer their services and provisions to help those newly arrived in the area.
· We are in close working relationship with the County Council, City Council, Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum and City of Sanctuary.
· We collect donations and pledges of services, household goods, clothing and toys to add to the provision offered by the local council.
· We inform faith groups, community groups, politicians and other influencers about the refugee crisis and engage them in our projects. Using conventional and social media channels, we campaign for the UK in general and Cambridgeshire in particular to be a safe haven for refugees.
· We provide welcome packs to refugee families, including familiar food, warm clothing, toys and a welcome card.
· We organize social events for refugee families in Cambridgeshire.
· We liaise between the council and volunteer English teachers and translators.
· We look for additional, privately owned properties, to add to the houses offered to refugee families.
· We explore fostering opportunities for unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children.
· We co-organize fund-raising events.
· We support related campaigns run by students and staff at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University.
Follow @CamRefugees and join our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cambridgerefugees/for regular updates.
Daniel Zeichner, MP of Cambridge
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely
The Rt Revd David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon:
"It’s great to see local people acting together to help welcome, house and support refugees arriving in this country from the Middle East. Bishop Stephen and I in the Diocese of Ely (covering Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk) have written to all our churches encouraging them to act wherever they can. Our key messages are:
(1) Act in partnership.
(2) Offer sustainable rentals.
(3) Help with emergency needs.
(4) Go on working as communities to help us all integrate and thrive.
(5) Consider fostering.
Julian Huppert, former MP of Cambridge:
"It is awful to see the plight of refugees fleeing persecution in Syria and elsewhere, and to see the lengths they will go to and risks they will take to escape. We are fortunate here in Cambridge and the UK to be able to help people desperately in need, and we have a moral obligation to help. I know people as open-minded and generous as so many in Cambridge are can act, and I hope we will act together to make a difference."
Rev Bridget Baguley, Curate at All Saints Church, Cottenham and All Saints Church, Rampton
Dr Aidan Van de Weyer, South Cambridgeshire District Councillor