Friday 17 June - 'The Syrian Spoon' cook book is now available!
Our new vegetarian cookbook is out now!
The Syrian Spoon is a brand-new cookbook jointly produced by Sevenoaks School working together with Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees and local refugees Mouna and Khaled. For just £12 you can read their story and try some of their delicious recipes. All profits go towards SWR, helping displaced people settle into our community. The easiest way to give back… Be quick! These are limited edition only!
“We hope you enjoy these flavours from our homeland, find your passion for cooking this delicious healthy food and share it with your family and friends, just as we enjoy sharing it with ours!” - Khaled & Mouna
From falafel to stuffed peppers and Syrian cake, there’s something for all tastes. Available at COOK Sevenoaks, The Chocolate Shop, Sevenoaks Bookshop and Deniz in Seal, or you can buy it online here: https://www.empathyaction.org/empathystore/p/syrian-vegetarian-cook-book-standard-edition
(Additional charge for packing, postage and handling for online sales - see the Empathy Action website for details.)
Monday 13 June - World Refugee Day on June 20th
UNHCR World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
If you disagree with the UK Government's policies towards refugees - for example the forcible deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda, the lack of safe and legal routes available for vulnerable people still in Afghanistan to reach the UK, the fact that around 12,000 Afghan refugees, including children, are stuck living in hotels across the UK waiting for permanent housing more than seven months since they were evacuated from Kabul, the apparent loss of interest in resettling additional vulnerable Syrian refugees in the UK, the unwillingness to make Local Housing Allowance available to refugees from Ukraine – you could mark UNHCR World Refugee Day by writing to the MP for Sevenoaks Mrs Trott MP to let her know your views.
You can contact Mrs Trott via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by post at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Please include your postcode, so that Mrs Trott's office know that you live in the Sevenoaks constituency.
Monday 13 June - Short update on the current situation
We are very appreciative of the tremendously compassionate and generous outpouring of support being provided to the resettlement of refugees in the Sevenoaks District Council area at this time. All the various contributions are making a real difference: volunteers giving their time, financial donations, hosts taking refugees into their own homes, and landlords making rented property available to the schemes.
On Ukraine, we are currently liaising with 37 hosts, and this could rise to 45 over the next few weeks, giving shelter to 110 refugees from Ukraine. Other local organisations, such as Care For Our Community Ukraine, Sevenoaks In Support of Ukraine and many churches are also liaising with hosts.
On Syria and Afghanistan, there are currently 8 families living in our area, resettling here under the official Government schemes. A further 2 families from Afghanistan are in transit to rented properties that have recently been made available to the schemes and will be arriving in the next few weeks. That will take the number of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan resettling in our area to 60.
Sunday 12 June - Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir with Sevenoaks Philharmonic Orchestra concert for Ukraine on Sunday 19 June at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
On Sunday 19 June at 7.30pm Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir and Sevenoaks Philharmonic Orchestra perform Karl Jenkins’ "The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. This is an exciting and impassioned plea for peace. Written at the time of the Kosovo conflict it is as relevant today and this performance is dedicated to the people of Ukraine.
The organisers have added to the concert two short pieces with a Ukrainian theme and there will be a collection at the end of the concert in aid of UNICEF's work with children and families on the ground in Ukraine.
The organisers have agreed to make 25 tickets available free of charge to Ukrainian refugees who may wish to attend this fantastic concert on 19 June which is being dedicated to the people of Ukraine. The organisers have also agreed that hosts may have one ticket free of charge per household. These tickets will be provided on a first come first served basis.
If you would like to reserve tickets, then please email us at email@example.com. Arrangements for collection of the tickets will be sorted out in the next few days. More details are on the Stag website https://stagsevenoaks.co.uk/film/sevenoaks-philharmonic-society-choral-concert-the-armed-man/
Sunday 12 June - West Kent MIND Mental Health Awareness Workshop, in Sevenoaks on Monday 4 July
There are still places available on the workshop being held at the SDC council offices in Sevenoaks on Monday 4 July, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Other dates are available on Zoom. We encourage all hosts to attend this workshop.
SWR volunteer Guy has attended the course and told us: "I went on the mental health awareness course being run by West Kent Mind trainers. It was for three hours and insightful to recognising when people may be displaying mental health symptoms. There was a good range of attendees with different life skills. I took away two things: firstly the importance of connection; and secondly that whatever pressures we are under we must look after ourselves to reduce possible mental health in ourselves".
See here for more details and to sign up: https://westkentmind.org.uk/i-want-to-learn/training-courses/mh-awareness-supporting-ukrainian-refugees/
Tuesday 24 May - Job & training fair coming to Sevenoaks, June 14th.
Tuesday 19 April - Sevenoaks Town Council and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, 30 April to 12 June
Sunday 17 April - Thank you to Waitrose
Thursday 7 April - DONATIONS
The number of families from Syria and Afghanistan that we are helping to support in our area has doubled in the last few months, and we are now preparing to help families from Ukraine. Regular donations would give us a consistent, predictable income, so we can plan and budget better and therefore be more efficient.
If you can, please consider setting up a monthly standing order to Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees - details here. Thank you.
RECRUITMENT NOTICE – CHAIR, SEVENOAKS WELCOMES REFUGEES
A short profile of the charity is at Annex A to this note.
You can read more on our website at www.sevenoakswelcomesrefugees.org
Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees currently has 9 Trustees (including the Chair). Since starting in March 2017, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees has had 4 Chairs/Co-Chairs, with people typically serving for 18-24 months and then stepping down for a variety of reasons, including lack of time due to changing family circumstances, leaving the country, and a preference to focus on a particular aspect of SWR’s work.
Chair Simon Evans and Jude Thompson are continuing as Trustees, and Humphrey Pring is standing for election as a Trustee for another term. We are open to joint applications from two people as Co-chairs.
Role Description Chair, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees (SWR)