We Launched 21st August 2020
We now look after 71 families
Incensed by the inequality between those struggling and those of us with treasures languishing unused in garages, a local resident placed an advert on the local Facebook pages requesting an item of furniture to be donated to refugees who had been relocated to the Wrexham area. Immediately, residents offered donations. It was clear that local people wanted to help and weren’t prepared to allow other families to suffer.
Across the world, millions of ordinary people have found themselves with little alternative but to flee, to avoid unimaginable atrocities arising from civil war. Many have walked, with young children, for hours or even days, to seek out safety. On arrival, however, they find themselves sheltering in squalid camps, not knowing whether loved ones left behind are safe.
Leaving prosperous livelihoods: homes, jobs, friends and family – their survival in these camps is uncertain. Many are highly educated and have sacrificed the opportunities a good education affords. No refugee or Asylum seeker flees their home out of choice.
At present, in Wrexham, there are around 120 refugee or Asylum seeker families. Although Asylum seekers in the UK are provided with housing, furniture is sparse and financial support amounts to £5.39 per day. They are not allowed to work; therefore, that sum has to provide for food, clothing and hygiene products. These families learn to exist without the items that many of us would consider essential. They depend on charitable handouts even for the basics.
Thus, from one local Facebook post, requesting assistance, Refugee Kindness – North Wales, was born. In less than a week, the group had 500 members; offers of help flooded in. Two weeks on from the inception of the Refugee Kindness, it had over 800 members, including 12 Liaison Officers supporting 12 families in need. There can be no doubt, that in those two short weeks, as a result of the kindness of our local people, lives have been changed and bridges have been built.