Mary Stretch talks on BBC Essex about Calais Light
Update on Trips to Calais
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 –
Temporary accommodation for refugees – If you have a spare room that you would like to make available to a refugee, please contact Mary Stretch firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary volunteers as a Home Assessor for Refugees at Home
Bishop Alan is a trustee of this charity and has been for many years. The centre would also welcome volunteers/donations/support. Details
CAFOD – CAFOD continues to provide invaluable support to refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Click for Details of the Syria Crisis Appeal .
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 email@example.com Click for Details
We are also considering sponsoring a family to live in our parish/diocese as part of the UK Government Community Sponsorship scheme.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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