WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE REFUGEE COUNCIL AND LEWISHAM REFUGEE AND MIGRANT NETWORK (LRMN) ARE SET TO PROVIDE LIFE CHANGING SUPPORT TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST VULNERABLE REFUGEE FAMILIES AS PART OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM’S REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME.
Refugee families displaced from their homes will be resettled in Lewisham, south east London, under an extension of the existing Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme and Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement schemes. It will see the Refugee Council working in partnership with Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (LRMN).
As part of Lewisham Council’s commitment to becoming a Borough of Sanctuary, the Council has pledged to welcome a further hundred refugee families to the borough, in addition to seventeen families welcomed in 2017. The Council’s resettlement programme takes a collaborative approach, comprising the Council, a professional support provider and volunteers from the local community. With the expansion of the programme, the Council has appointed the Refugee Council and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network to act as the professional support provider for arriving refugee families.
The Refugee Council is keen to make full use of the learnings and experiences it has built having provided resettlement services in Yorkshire and the Humber and Hertfordshire for several years. We are very excited to support refugees in the capital for the first time, and it will also be the first time the charity has worked with a delivery partner under resettlement.
Resettlement provides life changing, if not lifesaving, support to people who have managed to survive brutal conflict, war and persecution but are still unable to return home. From welcoming people at the airport and showing them to their new homes, to supporting people with opening a bank account and seeking employment, the support people receive through resettlement is vital. Resettlement programmes are a fantastic example of what can be achieved when government, local authorities and NGOs work together to deliver high quality programmes.
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