Refugee action project seeks donations
Throughout the past thirteen months of lockdown, a small group of volunteers, led by the seemingly indefatigable John Anderson, has been working on a project initiated by Revd. Emma Langley and Mary Knight to turn the Methodist-owned house at 6 North View into a home for a refugee family.
The project organisers envisage a succession of refugee families taking advantage of this accommodation offer over the next 10 years. In addition to providing accommodation, volunteers from The Church in Westbury Park congregation and the community will be on hand to help the family settle in the Westbury Park area. This will include helping all the family to learn English, enabling the children to integrate into local schools and assisting the adults in finding employment.
Having stood empty for three years, the house is in a poor state of repair and a significant sum of £16,000 is still required before the property is ready for occupancy. Many grant applications have been submitted by the working party, some of which have been successful - the sum of £37,000 has been awarded to date.
The building now has a new flat roof, the stone mason has completed the work to the front and the sash windows have been replaced. Volunteers have stripped the upstairs walls and ceilings ready for the plasterer, and plan to strip downstairs rooms in the near future. An electrician is due to complete essential electrical work in the coming month, including the installation of a new electric shower.
To reach the Refugee Action Project funding target, enabling the completion of further essential maintenance and repair work, donations are invited from the church family in Westbury Park. The ECC has agreed that the Refugee Project is to be one of the Church in Westbury Park’s quarterly charities this year, but individual contributions can also be made at any time.
Churchwarden Kate Maddock says: “We are excited to be edging closer to our fund-raising target of £53,000, thanks to the success of our grant applications and the generosity of the Westbury Park community. The long-term vision of housing a succession of displaced families at 6 North View is what inspires us. There will be opportunities for a great deal of community involvement from businesses, from families and from individuals in the months and years ahead, so please continue to support our project.”
To make a donation please email the church office for a Gift Aid form if you donate other than by the QR code (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cheques are payable to ‘Westbury Park ECC - Deposit’ and give it to the church office. If you’d rather make a direct bank transfer the bank details are: Westbury Park ECC – Deposit 30-99-38 07594069 - please use the reference ‘Refugee’ or you can donate by using the QR code here.