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Refugee support

Since 2015 we have supported refugee families to establish new lives in and around Cambridge.

We have housed more than 100 people, assisted by offers of private rented and housing association properties, and working closely with local faith groups and voluntary organisations.

In 2020 we and South Cambridgeshire District Council made a further commitment to settle 200 more refugees. And in 2021 we committed to provide four council houses each year for the next five years to help reach that target.

To offer your support, find out how to help refugees who have come to the UK.

Resettled families can apply for community sponsorship, through which community groups can support their resettlement.

With this sponsorship, refugees can stay in the UK for five years. During this time, they will have the right to work, claim relevant benefits, access the NHS and attend school. After five years the resettled family can apply to extend their stay.

Fostering

One of the priority groups is likely to be unaccompanied children and young people. The county council will consider providing fostering arrangements and encourages anyone interested in offering support in this way to find out more information.

Local support groups

The Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) is providing advice and practical help to asylum seekers and refugees in Cambridge. CECF is an umbrella organisation for Cambridge and district that also provides racial equality services to individuals and groups.

The Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) is recruiting volunteers and linking up community initiatives to assist refugees in the Cambridge area. CRRC also provides support and guidance to landlords renting their properties to refugees. For general enquiries contact CRRC at info@cambridgerefugees.org.

The Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCRAG) is helping refugees in Northern France and elsewhere. They are looking for donations of cash and specific foods, as well as volunteers.

Charities

Charities that support refugees abroad seek donations to support their work. These include: