Refugee Crisis

Mary Stretch talks on BBC Essex about Calais Light


Listen to the recording of the broadcast – 22 April 2018


Update on Trips to Calais

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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 scheme. refugees

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.