Some residents have approached the Council asking for more information about refugees who might want to come to Mid Sussex, and how they can offer help.
West Sussex County Council is coordinating the response, working in partnership with district and borough councils and health services. As a county, it has been pledged to take 240 refugees over the next four years. This is in the context of the Government’s announcement that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 refugees during this Parliament.
The first families are expected to arrive in early 2016. Offers of support are being assessed and the County Council would be particularly keen to hear from:
- Voluntary and community groups or individuals who are keen to help
- Syrian communities already in West Sussex
- Arabic groups that are expressing an interest in providing support
- Any group that have experience or expertise in supporting refugees
- Private sector landlords.
Please send any enquiries or information that you think will be of assistance to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please see the West Sussex County Council webpage.
Financial donations can be made through recognised national charities including:
- Oxfam – Refugee crisis appeal
- Red Cross – Syria crisis appeal
- Unicef – Syria children’s emergency appeal
- UNHCR – Syria Emergency.
For more information
Information from the Government regarding the national scheme for refugees can be found on their website.