Refugees

CTSA are working with the council and others to look at ways people can help refugees.  Look out for an upcoming forum.  This page is intended to marshal, in brief, the things you need to know, so together we can make a big difference.

Refugee Information Exchange

Click here for our Summer Forum on refugees

Pray

Here is a hymn for Prayer for Ukraine set to music.

Bikes

There are currently 120 refugees at The Noke hotel, Chiswell Green.  They get almost no income.  Noke Bikes: they need bicycles, click here for more information.

Spare Rooms

There are currently over a million refugees from Ukraine and this number is likely to multiply.  If the UK takes in, say 200,000 refugees then St Albans should be taking in hundreds.  As many may come in to Luton Airport, we are in a key position.  Do you have a spare room that is available for at least 6 months? The government has launched it’s Homes for Ukraine website.

Everyone applying to the UK Government to sponsor a person or family will need to name the people they would like to welcome. If you do not know someone looking for safety, Reset, who are the UK’s Community Sponsorship learning hub, will be providing a matching system that will be in place to carefully introduce you to someone who you may be able to welcome.

Teaching English

Speaking English can  key to refugees prospects.  Your church could help with conversational English, or you may be able to help at another church.  Watch this space.

Other Organizations

StAR St Albans for Refugees a registered charity aimed at helping refugees in St Albans

Herts Welcomes Refugees welcoming and supporting refugees in Hertfordshire

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.  So far it has been responsible for placing 2,597 guests with a total of 199,513 placement nights.

St Albans City of Sanctuary is a new and emerging group with a vision that St Albans district will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.  The three founding members of the group are Irene Austin, Judy Jacques and Jagat Chatrath – all long-term residents of St Albans. They are members of the City of Sanctuary UK network.

Donations

The Ukrainian Catholic Church in the UK is making an emergency appeal

By donating to via the  government’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. 

The Ukrainian Catholic Church in the UK is making an emergency appeal


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