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Refugees

A growing number of our communities have identified local concern for refugees and the means with which we can offer a practical solution.

In the UK many of our churches help refugees living in their communities on an individual basis, offering help and sanctuary to vulnerable refugees escaping war-torn areas.

In the words of one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever met, “praise God, praise God.”

In 2016 we committed to supporting the government’s pledge to resettle Syrian refugees through its Community Sponsorship scheme and in early 2017 we welcomed our first refugee family to London.

The Salvation Army is committed to transforming the lives of the most marginalised people and that includes refugees who have been left extremely vulnerable as a result of traumatic experiences.

The Community Sponsorship scheme can give refugees safe passage to the UK helping to ensure refugee families do not fall prey to exploitation.

“As a community organisation, The Salvation Army is in the ideal position to offer help to vulnerable families, whether they are from the UK or not. We’d encourage any community group concerned about the plight of refugees to review the criteria for Community Sponsorship; if you fit the bill, all it takes is a bit of passion and some determination to be able to give hope to a vulnerable family.” Major Nick Coke, our Refugee Coordinator.

For more information about the Community Sponsorship scheme visit the Home Office website here