Meet the community
The families we are currently helping lived originally in Damascus and in the Aleppo and Idlib areas. They fled the fighting in Syria and moved to surrounding countries - Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt - where they registered with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The UK Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS) was launched in January 2014 to help those refugees in the region surrounding Syria who are in the greatest need, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk. For the Scheme's definition of vulnerability see here.
"Joined up as a driver with good, but lofty, notions which were quickly overlaid by finding pleasure in helping dear friends in need to settle in the neighbourhood."
"Working with SWR has been really amazing. The whole organisation is super supportive, the fundraising team have been open to any suggestions. I'm very glad I found SWR."
"I've always enjoyed making friends with people from other parts of the world. SWR represents a wholesome way to broaden my horizons and connect with the community."
"My involvement in SWR has been a wonderful journey. It’s been an enriching time with the family, with our team volunteers who support and befriend our special family. It’s also great to see the family integrate into our community and become so valued."
"When I retired I was looking for something useful to do. I found SWR entirely by chance and had never thought of doing this sort of thing before. The opportunity to work with these wonderful people has quite simply changed my life. I hope I can make a difference to their lives too."
"I joined one of the family teams in SWR after attending an Ayman Jarjour concert in 2018 in aid of Syrian refugees. I was already a volunteer reading helper at the school attended by the children in the family I help support, so I have also been helping them at school and can provide a link between home, school and the family team. It’s been very rewarding."
"I was one of the volunteers who got together in 2017 to set up Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees. It's been great to see SWR grow from one to eight refugee families and I hope that we will be able to help more families in the future. My professional background is in marketing and I've enjoyed using this experience to help grow the charity."