Council launches refugees support web page
Release date: 1 October 2015
Councils across the country are awaiting details of the government’s plans to accommodate 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. In Gloucestershire, the County Council is leading on the response but district and borough councils, including Cotswold District Council, are ready to respond positively when allocations are made known.
In the meantime, CDC has launched a new web page to bring together information for residents who wish to offer more general support.
The webpage is at /residents/communities/support-for-refugees/ and signposts a range of local and national charities and non-governmental organisations that are appealing for donations to support refugees. It also provides a link to government advice on how people may help, including those who may wish to offer accommodation.
Cllr Sue Coakley, the Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities at CDC, believes that the webpage could be very useful:
“We have received a number of calls asking how people can help the plight of Syrian and other refugees by donating, money, or goods. By pulling together the various strands of information we have received, we have established a web page which should hopefully point residents in the right direction.”
Her Cabinet colleague, Cllr Sue Jepson, who leads on Planning and Housing issues, continues:
“The new web page provides a link to the government’s guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/news/syria-refugees-what-you-can-do-to-help--2 which includes advice for those who may be able to offer accommodation, and information about accommodation hosting projects in the UK.”