Shambhala London - Support for Refugees
Shambhala London has decided that, as a community group, we would like to participate in the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), as one way we can play a positive part in helping address the extreme refugee crisis we are witnessing in the world.
In brief, under the VPRS, an individual or community group identifies a property and secures from the landlord an undertaking that s/he is willing to rent it to a refugee family. This information is then shared with the Local Authority (which, in this instance, would be Lambeth), who are then responsible for the costs involved in rental of the property. The Local Authority is responsible for all the social care aspects of the family (e.g. providing access to medical and social services, and addressing any mental, emotional, physical and / or additional needs falling within this remit), and it would be our responsbility as a community to help the family be orientated and integrate within their community - e.g. welcoming and befriending; supporting with trips to local parks, libraries, markets; support to access local appropriate social networks; providing additional material / physical items (perhaps furniture, pushchairs, clothing); etc. The families brought over under this scheme have leave to remain and the right to work. Once a suitable property has been identified and secured, a family is identified from one of the refugee camps in the countries around Syria, and can be in London within 4-6 weeks.
Anyone wishing to be part of this initiative will be most welcome to do so. James Asfa, Citizens UK, will be at the meeting, and will share information about what has already been happening under this scheme, with a focus on Lambeth specifically. You are warmly invited to attend this meeting in order to find out more information about what the scheme will involve, and what part we will be playing, as well as having the opportunity to share your thoughts and ask any questions you may have.
If you have any questions please e-mail: [email protected]