Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

The Diocese of Chelmsford is one of the leaders in the Church of England for refugee engagement and it is a key and integral part of our ministry.

Refugee Welcome Dagenham

Our Refugee Agency, Essex Integration (part of DNA Networks, a Fresh Expression in Colchester), working together with Essex County Council has, successfully resettled over 150 refugees via the Home Office Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).

In 2018 our first Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme, Refugee Welcome Dagenham, was launched by St Mary's, Ilford and in March 2019 a family of five was welcomed from Syria to Dagenham.

The project is now modelling Community Sponsorship in the Diocese of Chelmsford and a further 5 Community Sponsorship projects are planned.

Please contact us if you would like to explore the possibilty of welcoming and nurturing a refugee family into your community through the Refugee Welcome Community Sponsorship Scheme.

Our Refugee Engagment team is led by Fr Gareth Jones, who coordinates this imporant ministry across the diocese together with providing advice, support and signposting to churches walking alongside refugees and asylum seekers. Please contact a member of the team for further information, advice or signposting.

Diocesan Refugee Engagement Team

Gareth Jones
The Revd Fr Gareth Jones
Diocesan Refugee Coordinator

Telephone: 020 8478 0546


Alex Guest

The Revd Alex Guest
Assistant Refugee Coordinator

Telephone: 01992 679332

For more information please contact The Revd Fr Gareth Jones
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