For Refugees

 

The Shropshire Supports Refugees Support Hub 

All are Welcome

We have been lucky enough to develop a new support service, The Hub.

From here we coordinate a number of further support systems.

 

One day a week, Jacki Cairney (the refugee resettlement coordinator) holds a support clinic with an interpreter at our venue.

This is currently running as on online service.

We help them with issues around housing, benefits, work, medical support with GP’s, and support around mental health and hospital visits.  We also provide:

- Welcome pack for families and Shropshire goods hampers

- Collection of household goods, toys, clothes

- Fundraising to provide the families with TV’s, kitchen appliances, extra household goods they        may need

- English practice volunteers/ befriending (all DBS checked)

- We run parties, activity days, educational workshops and EID parties.

 
Our Men's group attending a seminar
Our Men's group attending a seminar

The men's group meets regularly for educational and UK life skills talks and seminars, for group trauma and resilience therapy and for social peer to peer support.

The Men's Group meeting with volunteers for a group discussion
The Men's Group meeting with volunteers for a group discussion

The men's group meets regularly throughout the year for formal and inform events arranged by SSR.

Families enjoying an chance to meet and socialise
Families enjoying an chance to meet and socialise

Our families are scattered across Shropshire. Some living in isolated rural settings. Facilitating regular informal social occasions has been invaluable in enabling the families to stay in contact, form friendships , and to share and support one another through the joys and struggles of adjusting to life in a new country and within a new culture.

Our Men's group attending a seminar
Our Men's group attending a seminar

The men's group meets regularly for educational and UK life skills talks and seminars, for group trauma and resilience therapy and for social peer to peer support.

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Group Sessions

 

We are able to provide regular and special occasional group sessions.  All of which go towards support families as they establish themselves into their new lives in Shropshire.  These sessions include:

- Weekly English classes

- Weekly Women’s groups

- Family groups

- Men’s groups

- Medical advice group

   (with 2 Arabic speaking doctors on hand)

- Catering Group

- Monthly Men’s trauma and resilience classes

  (held at the UNI)

- Activity days in the school holidays for the children

- Educational opportunities

  (first aid/ food hygiene etc)

- Online English classes

- Online mental health support

- Stress management courses and advice

 

Children's Education Support

 

We have developed a school support post, with the help of our wonderful refugee support TA, Kariman Yakhoul.

We co-host a weekly homework club with Shrewsbury School. 

Some of the older children access extra help with their home work at The Hub after school.

 

Concord school invite some of our children every year to join them in the summer school.

Children at the Shrewsbury Homework Club

In 2018 Shrewsbury School were named at the Festival of Education as the winners of an international competition that asked young  people to tackle the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their local community, in part for their ‘Homework Club’ work  with SSR.

Image: Syrian Children and Shrewsbury School Pupil at a Homework Club event.

Image: Concord College Summer School class of 2018. 

Eight children from SSR families were amongst 18 children given  scholarship places.