How you can help

Afghanistan

We are currently receiving a high level of enquiries from people wanting to help refugees from Afghanistan. We are in contact with Somerset County Council’s refugee resettlement team who are leading on this and have offered assistance.

At the moment the need is for private landlords to offer self contained accommodation for rental (for at least a year or two), preferably near town centres. All types of property from one bedroom flats to multiple bedroom houses are needed. If you, or someone you know, can help with this, please contact resettlement@somerset.gov.uk

When appropriate accommodation is secured, teams of local volunteers will be recruited and trained to work with the families being resettled. A wide range of skills will be needed. Help may also be needed with furnishing and equipping homes.

When we know more, we will contact those on our mailing list with a more specific idea of what is needed.

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Donating aid

We are not holding regular donation drops for aid at the moment, but we will do so occasionally. If you would like to be kept informed then please join our mailing list.

Volunteer

We always welcome people who can fundraise on our behalf. In the past volunteers have held clothes ‘swishing’ sessions with friends, done car boot sales, jumble sales, held stalls at events, held art or music events, and put on alternative nativities. The money raised allows us to respond to urgent appeals within our networks, and as we have very few overheads nearly all our money is spent on buying or transporting aid.

If you have a vehicle and can drive locally, collecting donations or delivering aid to other warehouses (primarily in Taunton or Bristol), please email: welcome@raise.today

If you are considering volunteering abroad, then IndiGO Volunteers can match you with an organisation needing help. We may also be able to put you in touch with someone who can tell you about their experience of volunteering abroad.

Hand crafted items such as knitted hats, scarves, 12″ squares for blankets and pocket sized teddies are always much appreciated and we are very happy to receive them at any of our donation drop points.

If you are planning to take a vehicle to France and could deliver even a box or two of aid to the warehouse near Calais, we would love to hear from you. Please email: welcome@raise.today

Help unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Somerset

For more information on how you could help, including fostering, helping with language skills, and mentoring, please click here.

Keep in touch

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