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Churches help Syrian refugees make a new start after the trauma of war

31st Jul 2018

Church members in Chelmsford Diocese are supporting 23 families who have taken refuge in the diocese from war-torn Syria.

Working with local agencies, churches are helping refugees access health services, education and employment.

Diocesan premises are housing three of these families, and the diocese has funded white goods, phones, and home refurbishment.

A diocesan appeal for Syrian refugee families raised £108,000. Half of this fund has been used so far.

Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has said:

Working in partnership with local agencies, church support groups are doing a fantastic job to help Syrian refugee families get a whole range of services, from medical care and fitness to work statements to English language tuition and school places.

“They have helped two Syrian people into full-time work and are aiming to help five more into work over the next few weeks. 12 people have passed their UK driving tests since arriving in the country.

“We expect to receive and support more Syrian families. It has been a great encouragement to see so many Christians in our parishes come together to help and support these families who have been through so much and still need very particular and sensitive support in making a new start in a new country and new homes after the trauma of war and conflict.”

Image: Refugee Pledge Assembly at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester in 2016 (credit: David Ward).

More information

Refugee Ministry Update - July 2018

The diocesan appeal to help support Syrian refugee families was launched in September 2015.

The diocesan premises being used to house refugees are not currently needed for ministerial purposes.

The Right Reverend Peter Hill is the Area Bishop of Barking in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

The Diocese of Chelmsford is the Church of England in Essex and East London.