What we do

Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is a local charity formed in 2017 to help support refugees from Syria resettling in the Sevenoaks district, as part of the UK Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS). That scheme has now evolved into the Government's global UK Resettlement Scheme.

We are a small and growing organisation, with about 100 active volunteers. We are currently supporting the resettlement of 4 Syrian refugee families in the Sevenoaks district area with 2 more families due to arrive in 2020.

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ما الذي نقوم به

سيفن أوكس ترحب باللاجئين Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees هي منظمة خيرية محلية تم تشكيلها في عام 2017 للمساعدة في دعم اللاجئين من سوريا الذين أعيد توطينهم في منطقة سيفن أوكس Sevenoaks، كجزء من برنامج إعادة توطين الأشخاص السوريين المستضعفين (SVPRS) التابع لحكومة المملكة المتحدة. وقد تطور هذا البرنامج الآن إلى خطــة الحكومة العالمية لإعادة التوطين في المملكة المتحدة.

نحن منظمة صغيرة ومتنامية، مع حوالي 100 متطوع نشط. نحن ندعم حاليًا إعادة توطين 4 أسر لاجئة سورية في منطقة سيفن أوكس Sevenoaks مع عائلتين إضافيتين من المقرر وصولهما في عام 2020.

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CORONAVIRUS

The families – like all of us – are in lockdown and volunteers are keeping in close touch with them on the phone and internet. As for so many people, the finances of some of the refugee families we’re helping have been hit directly by COVID-19. Some who had managed to find employment have had their hours reduced. SWR has made grants of £1,400 to these families. KCC/Clarion Housing Association are making sure the families are claiming all the additional benefits they may be entitled to and have also given extra support to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 situation.

Volunteers in the family and language teams – and our KCC/Clarion Housing Association colleagues - are in regular contact with all the families and together with the Trustees are monitoring the situation carefully.

Volunteers are doing what is possible by telephone and internet to provide ongoing language support. The language support team leaders have recently introduced an online platform specifically designed for remote language learning, and we’re also planning to buy more laptops or tablets for the families. KCC Adult Education is also continuing their ESOL classes online and via email as appropriate.

For UK Government information on Coronavirus see here.

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