Refugee Update from the Diocese

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Excerpts from article: “The crisis has not gone away. ... Countries across Europe and in the Middle East are struggling to support the high numbers of refugees seeking refuge in their countries. International charities are on the ground to help. Please look at the list of charities on the diocesan website to support the work they are doing.
Many parishes across the diocese are actively supporting the refugee crisis. ... You can read their inspirational story via the News section of the diocesan website. Please let us know of any initiatives in your parish.
The Diocese of Guildford continues to work with local councils across the diocese to help resettle the families arriving from Syria under the government’s programme. Volunteers have been working alongside teachers from a local college helping to deliver English lessons; more volunteers may be required as the number of refugees arriving increases. ...
Conditions in the camps remain dire. Guildford: People to People continue to take donations out to the people in Calais and Dunkirk and currently they are appealing for old smartphones for unaccompanied children. The next collection date will be announced shortly on their website.
Many people have been asking about foster care for the unaccompanied children arriving in England. As things stand, all child asylum seekers and refugees are the responsibility of the Social Services of the local area. If you want to foster one of these children then you must apply to Social Services to register as a potential foster carer.
One of the great successes of the refugee crisis is the way in which people of different faiths and different denominations have come together to help the situation; .... Everyone is raising awareness of the great needs of the many refugees fleeing their countries.
Please continue to pray for all people forced to leave their homes. Pray for those missing their loved ones and all they knew, resettling in strange and different cultures. Pray also that we may see Jesus in the migrant and the refugee and that we will feel God’s love and compassion for them.
Keep checking the diocesan website for updates of collections and events – new initiatives are being set up all the time.”

www.cofeguildford.org.uk/refugees

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www.cofeguildford.org.uk