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Elmbridge welcomes fourth refugee family under the SVPR scheme
20 March 2018
Elmbridge has welcomed its fourth family as part of the Government-funded Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme (SVPR).
This scheme enables the most vulnerable families, those with special health needs or survivors of violence and torture, to be relocated to a safe country where they can rebuild their lives.
We’re working with Elmbridge Borough Council to resettle these families – bringing people together from across the community to help furnish and prepare the homes and support the families to settle in.
Elmbridge Borough Council's interim Head of Housing, Colin Waters, said:
“We're enormously grateful for the time, effort and generosity of Elmbridge CAN and its volunteers. Your support has helped us provide a safe and welcoming home for the latest family to arrive in Elmbridge through the SVPR scheme. It's testament to the community spirit that ELmbridge CAN has tapped into and this support really makes a difference.”
We’d like to thank everyone who donated goods, helped with transport, building furniture and setting up the home.
But our support for these families doesn’t stop there. Our volunteers will continue to help, taking them to medical appointments, teaching English and providing general family support as they settle in to their new homes.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Elmbridge Borough Council has committed to resettling between 5 and 15 families through the SVPR scheme. We need more volunteers so that we can continue to provide the best support possible for these new families.
We’ve got lots of volunteer positions to fill… but we especially need Arabic-speaking family support volunteers and experienced ESOL teachers. To find out more about these, and our other volunteer opportunities, please check out our volunteering page.
Image: Sam Underwood / Elmbridge CAN