Helping refugee families start new lives

Posted on: 30 January 2019

The plight of families fleeing war-torn Syria to make new lives elsewhere is, sadly, not a new story.  We hear about the conflict, the numbers of population affected, and we see the pictures.  And we feel a reaction. We see injustice and we feel an urgency to do something to help those families.  To act.

And groups of people in Devon have taken steps to act, by becoming involved in directly helping families to resettle here.

They have become ‘community sponsorship’ groups, and they have been welcoming and supporting some of the refugee families that have arrived in Devon under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme.

The families have been building new starts, new lives, and they’ve been keen to become engaged and integrated members of their communities.

This coming Monday, 4 February, BBC Inside Out is looking at ‘community sponsorship’, and featuring one such community group in East Devon.  The group has helped welcome and support a Syrian refugee family since September 2017, also featured in the programme.

There are three such groups in Devon, supporting families, and a further five groups that are raising funds in the preparatory stages of becoming community sponsors.

To find out more about community sponsorship, visit our website.

In the meantime, set your recorders.  Monday 4 February, BBC 1, 7:30pm,  Inside Out. Or watch online.

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