How you can help refugees resettling in Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 10:40 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 28 June 2017

Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign - Chris Cellier

Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign - Chris Cellier

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Know of a home you can rent to the council?

Do you have a house or flat you can rent to Cambridge City Council for two years, providing a home for a refugee family who need a place to live?

I will explain why. Cambridge is one of many ‘Cities of Sanctuary’ around the world. As a community and world city, we are committed to continuing to welcome people from war-torn or evil regimes. Too many refugees and asylum seekers need the security Britain and other EU countries offer. Cambridge plays a vital role in helping people escape persecution or fighting; too often their homes and towns have been mercilessly destroyed.

It continues to be, in large part, a voluntary effort and it has been for more than 100 years. We welcomed people escaping Nazi Germany as well as from Chile, Vietnam and many more emergencies. Cambridge relief organisations continue to help refugees stuck in France, many wanting to come to the UK but blocked by our government, which has done far less than Cambridge is willing to do locally.

Last week saw impressive events in Refugee Week, an inspiring discussion at Jesus College and the public launch by Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) of its vital survey on numbers of refugees locally and the help they need.

As a City of Sanctuary we work in close partnership with CECF, housing associations, the county council and inspiring groups like the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC). We will now work with CECF to implement the recommendations of its research so refugees can settle successfully and make the most of their invaluable work skills.

The city council and our partners are more than halfway to our target of receiving at least 100 Syrian refugees, working with the Home Office voluntary resettlement campaign. CRRC and wider volunteer assistance has played a massive role in supporting refugees and gained essential offers of private houses or flats for rent to increase the refugees we can resettle.

Finally, thanks to Cambridge Rotary Club for raising more than £20,000 for Syrian refugees living in Cambridge and near Syria.

If you have a home you can rent to us, contact CRRC at cambridgerefugees.org.

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