Bude Refugee Support Group has announced that it has been granted permission to resettle a second family in Bude, making it the first community sponsorship group in the UK to be approved for this.
The announcement was made last week, and follows on from the charity’s successful resettlement of the first Syrian refugee family earlier in the year, having been approved by the Home Office.
Bude Refugee Support Group, which includes members of the community from a range of backgrounds and occupations, and received charity status in January 2017, is delighted to be able to welcome a second refugee family to Bude, leading the way for people in Cornwall who would like to help those in need.
It is hoped that the second family will arrive early in the new year. Until then, the group is looking for donations of furniture, lampshades, curtains, cutlery, crockery and everything else needed to furnish a home for five people.
The first refugee family was rehoused in Bude in mid 2017, and are settling in well, with the father volunteering in a local charity shop. The children are enjoying school and nursery, taking swimming lessons and football practice, and the parents are progressing well with their English lessons, and can now communicate pretty well without an interpreter. The two boys are enjoying training each week with Bude Junior Football Club, and are taking swimming lessons, as well as attending the local school.
To keep up to date with Bude Refugee Support Group, like its Facebook page, ‘Bude Welcomes Refugees’. To find out more information about the group, and to donate, visit www.buderefugeesupportgroup.org.uk