“Oxford Welcomes Refugees is a group of people living in and around Oxford who believe that immigration is beneficial and migrants immeasurably enrich our society. We are currently working on resettling to Oxford a vulnerable refugee family who have fled conflict and are living in a refugee camp. We are doing so through the Home Office approved Community Sponsorship Scheme (https//resetuk.org/community-sponsorship) in partnership with Sponsor Refugees (Sponsor Refugees)
A social gathering in the gardens of St Michael & All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown (Lonsdale road is opposite BBC Oxford on the Banbury Road). Frequent bus service. We hope this will be open to everyone, subject to COVID restrictions being lifted on 21st June. There will be drinks, music, Syrian food and some Syrian guests to meet as well as a chance to learn more about Oxford Welcomes Refugees and what we hope to do. It would be extremely helpful if you would let us know by email email@example.com if you would like to attend. Check our website www.oxfordwelcomesrefugees.co.uk from the evening of June 14th to get the latest news about this gathering.
The group formed in November 2020 and, despite not yet being able to meet together in person, we have so far:
Raised over £13,000 towards the £18, 000 budget
Made a detailed plan of how we will support a family for as long as needed to become independent
Received approval from Oxford City and County Councils to apply to the Home Office
Submitted a Stage One application to the Home Office
Once we have been approved by the Home Office and have found housing, we will be aiming to have everything in place to welcome a family this autumn and support them in learning English, registering at schools and with a GP and dentist, showing them round Oxford and how to use public transport, opening a bank account, registering with the Job Centre, providing interpreters and translators, and much more.”