Westbury Welcome launches new campaign
Westbury Welcome is looking to sponsor a second refugee family - and they need your help.
Westbury Welcome was set up by local people to sponsor a refugee family to come and live in the area as part of the government community sponsorship scheme. Since 2015, the UK Government has provided a scheme to enable community groups to sponsor families to move from United Nations refugee camps. Westbury Welcome is one of these groups: raising money, finding housing and schools, assisting with learning English, organising medical appointments and generally helping a family settle into the community over a period of two years.
The first refugee family to receive a Westbury Welcome came from Syria over a year ago and they’ve settled in well. All the children are enjoying their respective schools and are learning English fast. There are trips to the shops, swimming lessons, daily English lessons, trips to the beach and much more. The group has forged a strong bond with the family, celebrating Eid with them, trying Syrian food, speaking some Arabic and learning about their life and experiences in Syria and Jordan.
The group is holding a meeting on Tuesday 4 February at 7.30pm in Westbury Baptist Church on Reedley Road and invite people to come along to find out more about their varied work. At the meeting a speaker from Citizens UK will be talking about his experience of community sponsorship and working with refugee families.
Lucy Malt says: “Whether you're able to help with fundraising, education, healthcare, shopping or transport, or can offer some general help when the family arrives and settles in, support from the local community makes such a huge difference. Even if you're not sure you can commit to anything right now, please just come along on 4th February to learn a little about what we're doing.”
If you would like to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the group on Facebook by searching Westbury Welcome.