Please #PrayforSyria

The Syrian people desperately need our prayers. Up to 100 people have died in the Idlib province of northern Syria after victims were exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes. Survivors and aid workers on the scene said they are still in shock and struggling to recover from the distressing event of the attack. This morning, the US Government fired missiles …


Our Response to Attack on Asylum Seeker in Croydon

What took place on Friday night in Croydon is an awful attack, not just on Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker but also on tolerance, unity in diversity, goodwill and friendship between people of different backgrounds and faiths – all the values that make London and Britain unique. What troubled us most is the suggestion that a mob gathered and watched the 17-year-old being …

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Youth Workers Inspired to Serve Young Refugees in National Training Day

Over 200 youth workers were encouraged and equipped to reach out to young asylum seekers and refugees at Engaging Young Refugees: An equipping day for youth workers this Thursday. The national training day was streamed live from Youthscape Centre in Luton to 10 other community centres and churches across England and Scotland. It was organised by Refugee Support Network (RSN), Church …

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Engaging Young Refugees: As it happened

Over 200 participants signed up to attend our national training day, Engaging Young Refugees: An equipping day for youth workers, hosted in partnership with Refugees Support Network, Premier Youth and Children’s Work, and Youthscape. Here is how the day unfolded on social media. Credit to Alastair Jones (EYR leader in Manchester) for creating this Storify board


Bude Refugees Welcome Sponsorship Application Approved

Published Wednesday 15 March 2017 (Article by Rosie Cripps on Bude & Stratton Post) Bude Welcome Refugees has been granted approval by the Home Office to welcome a refugee family to Bude, after over a year of campaigning and fundraising. The group, which originally got together in October 2015, has spent over a year finding ways to help those fleeing the Syrian …


Worthing 4 Refugees Community Sponsorship Application Approved

Published Friday 10 March 2017 Worthing 4 Refugees, the first local sponsorship group that Church Response For Refugees helped to establish, will become one of the UK’s first community groups to support a newly resettled Syrian refugee family under the Community Sponsorship scheme. Worthing 4 Refugees is a group led by Christians from local churches of different denominations, united by a vision …


The Salvation Army Welcomes First Syrian Family

Published Thursday 9 March 2017 The Salvation Army has welcomed its first Syrian refugee family under the Community Sponsorship scheme. (Article by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today) From war-torn Syria, a family of traumatised refugees has found a new home and sanctuary with a group of Christians in London. The family, which lost their home in Syria and were identified as …

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  A general view of The Home Office on July 8, 2014 in London, England. Later today senior civil servant Mark Sedwell will face questions from the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee over the loss of files by the Home Office relating to child abuse allegations from the 1980s.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Home Office Hosts Community Sponsorship Workshop for Churches

Published on Friday 3 March 2017 Article written by Hattie Williams for in the Church Times The Home Office has run an all-day workshop for 12 church and community groups that are preparing to resettle Syrian refugee families in the next month, through the Community Sponsorship Programme. “You have to be patient, because you have to be thorough and show that you have done …

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Lent Resources

Published Wednesday 1 March 2017 Lent – the season of fasting and prayer – is upon us. True fasting, the kind that our Lord has chosen, is: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke Isaiah 58:6 Refugees are the innocent victims of injustice, persecution and violence. Men, women, children, whole families …

ROTHESAY, ISLE OF BUTE, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Syrian refugee families arrive at their new homes on the Isle of Bute on December 4, 2015 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland. The Isle of Bute is welcoming 15 Syrian Refugee families as part of the governments plant to give refuge to 20,000 refugees in the UK by 2020. The Isle of Bute, on the Cowal peninsular, has a population of 6,498 which swells in the Summer months due to tourism. The island has been nicknamed the 'Madeira of Scotland'  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Second Catholic diocese to support a refugee family from Syria

Published 24 February 2017 We are delighted that Archdiocese of Cardiff is to become the second Catholic diocese in Britain to help support a refugee family from Syria under Community Sponsorship. The diocese has given up a property for the family. The initiative has been organised by Sister Ruth O’Neill, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de …