Trained Welcomers say ‘hello’ to newly-arrived refugees with a Welcome Box of gifts. They help refugees to connect with services they need and community activities to join in with. But most of all they are a friend to walk alongside the refugee as they rebuild their lives in safety and peace.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1177344)
Refugees, and especially those seeking asylum, are often isolated and alone when they arrive in a new community. Most refugees are moved around the UK a number of times before they settle (normally 3-4 times). Many are carrying trauma from both the situation they are fleeing and the journey across Europe to get to the UK. Whilst there may be practical provision from service providers, many refugees say what they need most is friends and community.
Welcome Boxes is an excellent way for newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees to meet local people and find their way around the local area. Trained volunteers from a local church deliver a box filled with small gifts and local information to recently arrived refugees, making sure they feel welcome. The volunteers then continue to welcome the family or individual over the next three months, helping them to access support available to them and linking them into the community.
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