Would your organisation like to offer a positive welcome to Syrian Refugees coming to Northern Ireland or specifically to your region?
Many individuals and community groups have asked how they can help or have offered help. Below you will find a link to a Register of Interest form for Voluntary Community Support. This form is to ensure we keep a clear record of offers of community support and so that we can ensure appropriate safeguarding mechanisms are in place.
This is not an appeal for money and anyone wishing to make financial donations can contact us directly by email or phone -
firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 90325835
Importantly it is also not an offer of funding – your offer of community support is entirely voluntary.
We are keen that individuals can volunteer, but we also need individuals to understand that because the Syrian refugees are a vulnerable group of people we can only accept offers of community support from constituted or recognised organisations. If you are an individual wishing to volunteer you need to:
The aim of ‘Community Support’ is to provide relevant ways for refugees to feel welcome, understand the local area and find out about local services. It is also for local communities to understand issues around migration and refugees and to have the opportunity to explain their services to refugees.
This list is not exhaustive or definitive so please feel free to offer any additional form of support or sponsorship that you may be able to provide.
TO REGISTER YOUR OFFER OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTER OF INTEREST FORM
Your registration form will be acknowledged by email. The Consortium coordination will then be compiling a list of the offers of Community Support individually tailored to each group of Syrian refugees arriving through the VPR scheme. Once the refugees have settled in, the Consortium will liaise with them and their designated key workers to show them the community support offers. The interests and needs of the refugees will then be foremost in deciding which offers of community support will be followed up on.
The Consortium cannot offer any guarantee that all offers of community support will be followed up on. It is vital that the needs of this vulnerable group of people are paramount in work developed with them.