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Collection for Afghan Refugees

Farnham Help for Refugees is holding a collection at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, on Friday, October 8, 2.30-7pm, to support refugees, in particular those who have fled Afghanistan following the take-over of the country by the Taliban.

They are asking for winter clothes for men, women, children and babies, along with shoes, toiletries, baby goods, cleaning supplies, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, mobile phones, laptops, tablets and supermarket vouchers. See below for a full list.

Financial donations are also welcome. To donate, please bring cash on the day or donate via https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/sponsoraboxfh4r

Picture by EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid on flickr.

Refugee donations

With the Afghanistan refugee crisis escalating, many Afghans have fled their homes with few possessions and some of them are seeking refuge in this country. Farnham Help for Refugees is collecting donations to be distributed to refugees in and around London, and, thanks to an already overwhelming response, is now asking for just toiletries, men’s clothes and mobile phones.

If you can help, please bring donations to any of the church services – Sundays, St John’s at 9.30am, St George’s at 10am and St Mark’s at 11am; or Wednesdays, St Mark’s at 12pm, or drop them off at St John’s which is open during the day. There will be boxes available in each church. If you can’t come to the services but want to give, please call the administrator on 07842761919 or email admin@badshotleaandhale.org.

There will be a specific collection day later in the year; we will let you know when.

Thank you for your help.

Picture by Maria Teneva on Unsplash.

Update on the refugee response – how you can help NOW

Recently the Cathedral hosted ‘PEACE: Responding to the refugee crisis’. A video of highlights from the event is now on the diocesan web pagehttp://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/refugees, with lots of useful resources.

Since the event took place, much has been happening across the diocese. Important links have been formed between the diocesan team, the county and borough councils, charities and other key stakeholders.

Refugees arrive in the Diocese

The first group of refugees to arrive in the diocese under the resettlement programme will come directly from the refugee camps in Lebanon in early December, and more will be arriving soon after Christmas. This group is formed of four families, each with young children – 7 little girls, and a boy of 3 years, and a baby expected very soon.

The diocesan team are liaising with the county and borough councils to help support the families, who have been through a strict vetting process. Although they have housing allocated to them, they will have very few possessions.

Their urgent needs are:

  • Furniture (not white or electrical goods)
  • Pram and pushchairs
  • Toys
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Crockery and cooking utensils
  • Winter clothes

Additional ongoing needs are:

  • Housing – social landlords with two or three bedroom properties
  • Storage space
  • Teachers of English as a Second Language

If you can supply any of these, please contact Diane Peters: diane.peters@cofeguildford.org.uk. For now we will keep a list of offers to match specific needs, so please do not bring any items until requested. We will update you as needs change.

Refugee camps

There is still a great need for financial donations to support refugees in camps across Europe, Lebanon and Jordan. The best way is through existing charities as they already have the people on the ground and have the expertise to use your donations well. See our list of suggested charities: http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/refugees.

As winter sets in and the weather gets colder, the need for warm clothing for those in the camps is becoming critical. Guildford: People to People have a collection of warm clothing organised for November 28 at Guildford Borough Council. The have a very specific list of needs: http://guildfordpeople.org/events, so please check before you donate.

We would also encourage you to write to your MP to urge them to press David Cameron for a stronger response to the refugee crisis. There is aletter template on the website if you would like to use it.

Thank you for your continued time, enthusiasm and compassion to helping all refugees, whether in the camps or arriving in the UK. Please continue to hold them in your prayers.