Residents across West Sussex are being asked to consider what simple acts they can do to support refugees and migrants this coming Refugee Week.
Refugee Week 2018 (June 18-24) has been going for 20 years and celebrates the positive difference refugees and migrants make to their communities and thanks local people for helping them integrate.
As part of this, residents are encouraged to complete ’20 Simple Acts,’ which can be shared online using the hashtag #SimpleActs.
The full list is available here: www.refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts
Communities across West Sussex have already welcomed a number of Syrian families as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme.
With the help of local people, these families are successfully adapting to their new lives in the county and we look forward to more families arriving in West Sussex under this programme.
A volunteer from the Horsham Refugees support group has been working with two refugee families.
Jo explains: “Over the last two years I have seen such a development in all members of the two families.
“Their language skills and confidence at navigating the community have grown. They are making friends in their local areas and joining in with community groups and activities.
“Throughout every visit they are always so grateful for the refuge and the welcome they have received in West Sussex and always ask me to pass this on to the general public for their kind donations, smiles and words.”
Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Thank you to the individuals, groups and organisations which have come together to welcome refugees and migrants into their communities.
“I feel so proud to live in a county which has made such an effort to support these vulnerable families.
“It is also important to take this opportunity to celebrate the benefits these families bring to West Sussex.
“I would encourage everyone to have a look at the ’20 simple acts’ and see how many they can complete in Refugee Week 2018.”
If you want to learn more about supporting refugees in West Sussex, contact firstname.lastname@example.org