STEYNING REFUGEE HELP is a small local working group, linked to a much wider network, both locally and nationally, who initially came together to try to understand how shocked, helpless and impotent we all felt in the wake of the evolving humanitarian crisis engulfing Europe and the Middle East.

Wanting to understand how we could begin to do something useful we invited Richard Williams, an immigration and asylum specialist, to give a talk in Steyning on October 14th. Encouraged by a huge  turnout, we decided to research the current situation, gather information, build an email database of hundreds of local people who have shown an interest in helping refugees, and want to do something. We have also made contact with those who have already started under their own steam to fund raise and deliver aid.

We now have this evolving website and a Facebook page, have established links with local, district and county councils co-ordination teams and remain informed by the initiatives of Brighton and Hove City of Sanctuary plus various other charities and faith groups, so that we can work in tandem, keep everyone in the community informed and share local events and initiatives. Our aim is to best channel the compassionate energy and good will expressed by the people of Steyning.

Our aim is to not only support refugees, and deliver aid to where it is most needed, but to be ready to receive and support refugees in the best way possible, as soon as a specific mechanism is in place to help local government take direct action.

On this website we will be posting information about what options there are to help together with details of events and activities that are being arranged. If you have information for this page, please send it to: steyningrefugeehelp@gmail.com.

There will also be links to other communities and organisations so you can see what they are doing to help and some facts and articles that you might find interesting.

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