We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together.
- Over the years, 22 refugee families have come to us for support.
- Over 150 people have been facilitated in various ways.
- We have many active volunteers and professional people in the SSR support team.
In 2016, displaced Syrian families began relocating to Shropshire under the UNHCR programme for vulnerable persons. Refugee Action were commissioned to provide formal re-settling support and Amanda, the founder of Shropshire Supports Refugees, began to coordinate the many offers of informal help, donations and friendship from local people.
In 2017, Shropshire Supports Refugees became a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Our work to support the families in their new lives continues, mostly via a closed social media group of over 600 members.
After working with Refugee Action in 2016, following a trip to Calais, Amanda decided to start a Facebook group for refugees and refugee friendly people in Shrewsbury.
It has grown from 30 to over 1100. Soon she became so busy coordinating requests and supporting families that she quit her job, and began to work with the families full time, supported financially by grants from Shropshire councils resettlement fund and two lottery grants.
We have also been incredibly lucky to have been grated four years free storage by Storage King.