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Responding to the ​​Refugee ​Crisis

RefugeePeaceWe are working continually with the county and borough councils, charities and other key stakeholders to help refugees currently displaced by conflict and persecution.

Thank you for your continued time, enthusiasm and compassion to helping all refugees. Please continue to hold them in your prayers. 

On these pages

  • For ideas on how you and your parish can respond, see the Responding with PEACE page, which includes information on how to donate money, and charities that have collections to which you can donate clothing and aid items.

Current needs

  • Teachers/teaching support - ​people in the ​Woking area with a background in teaching or ESOL ​or ​who ​could work in a supporting role. 2-3 hours a week on a regular basis.

  • Private accommodation - two- or three-bedroom properties anywhere in the diocese, but especially in WAVERLEY and MOLE VALLEY, E​PSOM, EWELL and ELMBRIDGE.

  • Garden tools to help families grow some fruit and vegetables: spades, long handled forks, small forks, hoes, trowels, 75-litre rainbow trugs, secateurs.

Please contact diocesan refugee support advisor, Diane Peters if you can help.

Volunteering

Diane Peters says: "We have a men's group helping sort out and set up gardening projects, volunteers teaching in schools and language classes, volunteers supporting in schools and language classes, people transporting families to appointments and to their lessons, childcare, befriending and hospitality.

​"One of biggest successes this term has been the setting up of a conversation cafe. It is fairly informal and we provide conversational  language activities around a theme, with tea and coffee etc. The themes are many and varied, some serious such as first aid some much lighter such as pancakes or pottery. Many of these activities are hosted by local churches, for which we are grateful."

More volunteers in a variety of fields are always needed, e.g. interpreters, teachers, support assistants, transport and temporary childcare.

Please get in touch if you would like to be added to our database of potential volunteer support.

News Stories

Refugee Tales

Refugee Tales – striding out in solidarity

04 May 2017
Peter Nevins

Dorking vicar welcomes refugees into his home

14 Feb 2017
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Comment on the response to the Dubs Amendment

14 Feb 2017
Local refugee welcoming project wins £2,000

Local refugee welcoming project wins £2,000

17 Nov 2016

Guidance

The Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops' Council have published updated information on how parishes and dioceses can help the programme to resettle the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in the UK.