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Herefordshire

Herefordshire council has worked with local partner organisations, including community and faith groups, to resettle 60 Syrian refugees (14 households) into the county since November 2016.

The refugees were temporarily residing in countries neighbouring Syria and priority for resettlement has been given to women and children at risk, people in severe need of medical care and survivors of torture and violence.

In December 2017, the decision was taken to welcome a further 35 refugees to the county, as part of the Home Office's funded resettlement schemes, including the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme. The refugees will arrive in Herefordshire during 2018.

The council has commissioned Refugee Action to provide an orientation and support service to welcome and help refugees settle into Herefordshire's communities, paid for by the Home Office. The refugees have access to a range of services, including health, social care, education and housing and we continue to work with local partner organisations and community and faith representatives to ensure key services are in place.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Herefordshire has committed to support 25 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), aged 17 or under at any one time, as part of the Home Office's National Transfer Scheme.

For details of how you can help please visit Herefordshire Council website.

Local schemes

Ross for Refugees is collecting food and clothing and can be contacted on: rossforrefugees@gmail.com. Their collections are sent to a depot in Slough, which distributes items where they are needed to agencies throughout Europe.

Leominster Town Council and Christians Collective are also collecting non-perishable food, bedding and clothing, which is distributed through CalAid. Items can be dropped off at Leominster Priory between 9.00 and 10.00am on a Friday. For further information contact David Bland on 01568 610785 or email david@this-place.com

We continue to pray for the refugees and all who support them.

Shropshire

Shropshire Council have established a cross working party member group supported by senior officers to coordinate their response. They are working closely with the governments Regional Strategic Migration Partnership to put in place housing and other support for refugees that may come to Shropshire. Work includes identifying accommodation, collating offers of support, reviewing health requirements and other key support services. Further information can be found here.

A list of FAQ's will be updated regularly and can be found on the Local Government Association website and information on Syria can be found here www.gov.uk/government/world/syria

The Red Cross has a dedicated phone line of 0800 1078727 giving information on how people can help. For more information on what you can donate visit www.calaid.co.uk

Prayer for the Refugee Crisis

Heavenly Father, you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.We thank you for opening the hearts of manyto those who are fleeing for their lives.Help us now to open our arms in welcome,and reach out our hands in support.That the desperate may find new hope,and lives torn apart be restored.We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord, who fled persecution at His birthand at His last triumphed over death.
Amen