As we’ve watched evacuated Afghan families arrive at British airports, traumatised and displaced, our hearts have gone out to them. We know what an uphill struggle they face and we feel powerless to help.
However, there is something you can do right now.
Oasis has launched ‘A Place Called Home’, a project offering refugee families from Afghanistan not just a welcome, but long-term support to make a new life.
Oasis has already been in contact with the Home Office and Bristol City Council. As a result we are already starting to:
- Provide educational and other support for Afghan children in Bristol.
- Partner with a group of UK civil servants who have raised £40k to support 50 families known to them from Afghanistan
- Identify which Oasis Community Hubs will apply to receive a refugee family.
Working in partnership with the Home Office and local authorities, ‘A Place Called Home’ will find accommodation for refugees in some of the 42 local communities where Oasis works over the coming months. But we will go much further, offering wrap-around support for these families, helping them to:
- settle in, get a bank account, access to English classes, etc
- access education
- gain employment opportunities
- build new supportive relationships
- become part of a community where they can contribute and thrive
You can donate using the button above or:
Oasis Charitable Trust
Sort code: 20-65-82
Ref: A Place Called Home
By cheque to:
A Place Called Home
1 Kennington Road
London SE1 7QP
Your local community group could apply to support a refugee family. Oasis has wide experience of doing this and we can help you – every step of the way!
The most difficult time for a refugee family after arrival in the UK is the move from temporary hotel accommodation to ‘real life’. It’s not just housing; bank accounts need to be set up, English lessons and job skills are needed, even shopping and cooking are different. And, then there’s schooling for children and the search for jobs, all while still grieving what they have lost.
You could get together with friends, neighbours and workmates, or your place of worship. Working with your community group, we’ll show you how to raise a sum of around £9,000 (enough to support a family through the first few challenging months); partner with your local authority; and get your project started.
From then things will become largely self-funding. So it’s not as difficult as you might think and we’ll be there to guide and help you as you prepare over the coming months.
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Today, Ahmed* and Tariq* are active students in their local school. Their family is learning English and studying as well as working within areas of their training.
It’s all a far cry from three years ago when the family arrived from Syria, traumatised by their experiences and with little English. They have shown incredible resolve and resilience since they arrived at the community hub run by Oasis in Waterloo.
The support offered to the family has made a life-changing difference. Oasis Debt Advice centre has provided financial help in the midst of the roll-out of Universal Credit. There were opportunities to learn English via our ‘English as a Second Language’ Course; housing was secured with help from individuals from Waterloo and beyond, and a team of volunteers have befriended and supported the family as they adjusted to a new life in England.
” The project was about meeting people where they are, building community and becoming true friends.”
Clare, who headed up the project, said, “This hasn’t been a case of a saviour complex. It’s about meeting people where they are, building community and becoming true friends.
“The family from Syria have brought much love (and amazing food!). So often, refugee sponsorship is viewed as a one-way street. But we have learned a lot, and are better people for having the family as part of our community.”