Refugee Month

Refugee Week is 24th-30th June but for us at ElyRRC it feels like Refugee Month – there’s so much happening behind the scenes.

We are working with Citizens UK and the Home Office to take part in the Communities for Afghans scheme, which mostly involves a lot of safeguarding checks and training for the group and we have now started to look for suitable accommodation.

A bit more about the scheme: the refugees will be families from camps neighbouring Afghanistan and will be eligible under the ACRS scheme. This scheme prioritises those who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for values such as democracy, women’s rights, freedom of speech, and rule of law or vulnerable people, including women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups at risk (including ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT+)

We will be sharing a stall with Amnesty outside the cathedral on 22nd June so do come and say hi.

We also have a charity quiz and raffle on 2nd July in the Prince Albert, we hope to see you there!

Finally, with the election coming up please do consider writing a letter to your MP asking them to pledge to support safe passages for refugees. There is some suggested text here on our how you can help page. You can also use Safe Passage’s lobbying guide for ideas on questions to ask candidates on your doorstep.