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.
The fundraising platform, Crowdfunder, has kindly set up a fundraising page for us to help with the appeal.
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 find accommodation and support a refugee family. Oasis has wide experience of doing this and we promise to be there to 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.
A warm welcome and practical support is important, but establishing real and lasting community is the biggest need.
Did you know you could get a group together to house a refugee family? That could be your friends and neighbours or your faith group or maybe your sports or crafts club.
Working with your community group, we’ll show you how to raise a sum of around £10,000 (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.
Want to know more? You can register your interest with us and we will contact you about how we can support you.
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.”