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Norwich Diocese MU to welcome Afghan refugees 

The Mothers' Union Norwich Diocese has committed to extend the work it has done over the past five years welcoming Syrian refugee families to Norfolk to help those escaping the current turmoil in Afghanistan.

For five years Mothers Union Norwich Diocese has been supporting vulnerable families who are cleared by the UNHCR to come to Britain from the borders of Syria, through the Home Office scheme, working in partnership with the County Council said Jenny Holcombe, Trustee, MU Project Development: “We are also committed to help families escaping from Afghanistan and to date have helped three such families who have come to Norwich”.

Simon Shreeve, Manager of the award-winning ‘People From Abroad’ Social Work Team, wrote to Mothers’ Union in July: “You may be aware that the UK has pledged to receive 3,000 people from Afghanistan by the end of August.  These people were previously supporting the military operations there and are now at risk (from the Taliban, due to them being perceived to be traitors) due to the British withdrawal from the country.  Local authorities were asked by the government to do all we can to support the relocation of these people – we are proud to offer our support and we’ve had several offers of accommodation for them.
“Obviously each property we are given comes with a whole host of tasks to get it ready before families can arrive.  We’re going to need all the help we can get to deal with the additional pressures of the Afghan scheme.   We very much pride ourselves in ensuring the properties are as homely as possible for each arriving family, and the support and assistance we get from Mothers’ Union really does help us to achieve that outcome. 

 “When weary travellers arrive at their new homes it is always a pleasure to see the delight on the faces of the parents and the excitement of the children as they explore their new homes and can relax in the knowledge that they have arrived safely.

“Of course, that’s only the beginning of their resettlement journey and a lot more work and support is required after that.  Getting the first step right is crucial and we are indebted to Mothers Union members and supporters for all the help they offer us, and the flexible response that comes with it.   We’ve got lots to achieve before the next families arrive but I am confident with MU’s support, we will achieve it, “ said Simon.

“Please keep these families in your prayers as they prepare and travel; the social workers who are doing everything needed in Norfolk and those members of the Mothers’ Union who are raising funds for the new bedding they provide for every member of these little families,” said Jenny.

Donations  ‘For Refugees’ Resettlement’ may be by cheque made payable to ‘Mothers’ Union Norwich Diocese’ and sent to the MU Office, Diocesan House 109 Dereham Road Easton NR9 5ES.

“If you feel inspired to help support these efforts with your time, Mothers’ Union invites help for the small team that buys the bedding and makes up the beds. You will be Norwich-based and keep confidential the settings found for our new neighbours,” said Jenny.

Please contact Jenny via the Mother’s Union Office – as above or 01603 882330.

Pictured above, Jenny Holcombe helping to prepare a home for refugees in Norwich.

Keith Morris, 20/08/2021

Keith Morris

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