Refugee Crisis


On Wednesday 8th May  there was a meeting at the Cathedral Hall on the subject of the Refugee Crisis.

The parishioners of Brentwood Cathedral and Holy Cross are committed to helping refugees and if you would like to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities listed below.


Calais – rodinIf you are interested in helping at the distribution centre in Calais please contact Catherine Boyle Trips are being booked for 9-11 June and 4-6 August, and Mary Stretch and Catherine have been in touch with those who have expressed an interest in going on the evening.  If anyone else is interested please let them know ASAP as there are a few spaces left and arrangements are being finalised.

Update on Trip to Calais 14-15 October 2017rodin

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Donations for Refugees

Carmen Blackett travels to Calais once or twice a month to deliver donations to refugees. She has recently been putting together ”party bags” for children filled with chocolate, crisps, sweets, oranges, apples and juices. She also deliveries much needed toiletries, especially toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, soaps, cereal bars and dried fruit. If you would like to make a donation please call Carmen on 01277 821886 or 077385 95534, or see her at the Cathedral after the 11:30 am Sunday Mass.

Befriending a refugee –
jrsThe Jesuit Refugee Service have a number of ways in which you can befriend refugees (e.g. visiting or praying for those held in detention centre in Heathrow).  If you’d like to find out more please contact Brian Fitzgerald

Temporary accommodation for refugees – refugeesIf you have a spare room that you would like to make available to a refugee, please contact Mary Stretch 

Mary volunteers as a Home Assessor for Refugees at Home 

Notre Dame Refugee Centre in Leicester Square –refugees

Bishop Alan is a trustee of this charity and has been for many years.  The centre would also welcome volunteers/donations/support. Details

CAFOD – refugeesCAFOD continues to provide invaluable support to refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Click for Details of the Syria Crisis Appeal .

UNICEF – Children’s Champions –refugees

UNICEF are working to reunite unaccompanied refugee children with their families in the UK.  If you are interested in becoming a Children’s Champion, please contact Tommy Cregg   Click for Details


We are also considering sponsoring a family to live in our parish/diocese as part of the UK Government Community Sponsorship schemerefugees

Resettled families are vulnerable people fleeing conflict.  Most are Syrian and some may be from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.  It would be a very real commitment for the parish lasting two years or more.  Since this is a Government backed scheme we would need to demonstrate to the Home Office that we have the following:

  • experience in helping refugees or other vulnerable people. It is unlikely we will be able to demonstrate this as a parish so we are looking to work in conjunction with a charity partner
  • £9,000 available to support the family
  • a credible plan for supporting the resettled family including the provision of suitable housing

This would clearly be a significant commitment; but if you are interested in being part of a working group to take this initiative forward, or if you have any other ideas on how we can help refugees please contact Brenda Underwood

By sharing ideas we help each other to help others. Thank you for your support.