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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, and are hoping to find accommodation for further families this year.

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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 عائلات سورية لاجئة في منطقة سيفينوكس ، ونأمل في العثور على سكن لمزيد من العائلات هذا العام.

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CORONAVIRUS - UPDATED GUIDANCE ON HOME VISITS

Friday 6 November, 2020.

In line with the recently announced revised restrictions, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is once again suspending all home visits to the families with immediate effect until further notice.

SWR volunteers in the family teams and the language support team will be keeping in touch with the families by phone, text, WhatsApp etc. The language team will continue to do as much as possible remotely, using Skype and other channels.

The restrictions do make provision for a single individual to meet out-of-doors with one other individual from another household (including any children under 5 years old or dependent disabled people accompanying them). SWR volunteers with no Covid symptoms would be able, should the family and they both so wish, to meet on this basis. It is of course necessary to maintain safe distances (2 metres), with absolutely no physical contact or lifts in cars. We think the mental health and wellbeing benefits of doing this are significant and not to be lost.

For your information, Clarion have also suspended all home visits.

If you have any questions please ask either your team lead (for family teams and language support) or Jude Thompson or Simon Evans at sevenoakswelcomesrefugees@gmail.com

Thank you for your support - take care.

Jude Thompson & Simon Evans

Chairs, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees


For UK Government information on Coronavirus see here.

Sad news

We are very sorry to let you know that Stephen Wright passed away suddenly on 26th January 2021. He leaves behind his wife Charlotte and their two boys Izaac (7) and Elijah (1).


Stephen and Charlotte came to the first meeting of Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees in March 2017. They jointly took on the role of fundraising lead, and then became Trustees as we prepared to apply for registration with the Charity Commission. Together they raised many thousands of pounds, helped to raise SWR's profile, and were part of a family support team. Stephen was also on the SWR safeguarding steering group, where his experience as an NHS clinical psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health was so useful.

He will be sorely missed.


Friends have set up this page to raise money for the family: click here.


Jude Thompson, Simon Evans, Chris Hix, Bob Sinclair, Humphrey Pring, Heather Styles, David Hinks, Jeanette Nunn, Guy Knight & Doug Ellish


Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees Trustees


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