WHO ARE WE?
The Afghan Resettlment Support Group (ARSG) is a small group of parishioners, friends and family members from the Catholic parish of Kelvedon who have decided to respond to the Afghan humanitarian crisis by sponsoring ONE of the many of families that were evacuated from Afghanistan and are being resettled in the UK via the Afghan resettlement scheme.
WHAT DOES RESETTLEMENT MEAN?
Resettlement is the process of facilitating refugees so that they can restart their lives in the UK. This is done through funding, support and direct help from volunteers who assist the family in order to overcome difficulties associated with trying to adjust to different customs and cultures. ARAP has been specially set up by the British Government to help resettle families from Afghanistan who helped to establish the values of democracy whilst pushing back insurgent forces such as the Taliban.
HOW DOES THE SCHEME WORK?
Those who fled Afghanistan have refugee status. ARAP works in a partnership between the Home Office, local authorities and Community Sponsorship Groups to provide accommodation, financial support and the necessary help they will need to integrate into our society including finding suitable work and developing language skills. The Afghan Resettlement Support Group will be working under the umbrella of the Refugee Support in Braintree District and Essex Integration.
WHAT IS THE SPECIFIC TASK OF THE AFGHAN REFUGEE SUPPORT GROUP?
Our group’s task will be to fundraise £5,000 to top up the housing and financial support offered by the local authorities. We will also be providing our family with a small team that will accompany them throughout the period of resettlement which is normally 3 years. This is the most rewarding of tasks as we will be helping them to integrate to their new life and environment walking with them along the way. We will provide support with everyday tasks that could be a challenge for them like understanding how to deal with bills, shopping, school processes, community issues, etc. Basically, we will become befrienders of this family and support them according to their particular needs and situation in full respect of their autonomy.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
We all can be involved...whatever your age, your skills or your availability, there will be always something you can do to support our family.
Financial help: The Afghan Resettlement Support Group will be organising fundraising events throughout the year. You can support us by attending one or more of these events and bringing friends along! Information for each event will be available in our newsletter, website and social media. You can also make a one-off donation, or sign in to our donation pledge which allows you to donate a monthly amount for the period of time of your choice. For more information on these two options please refer to the donation sheet included in this leaflet.
Befriending: Befriending a family can be very rewarding and easy. You can tailor your contribution according to your own circumstances and capacity. You can give 30 minutes of your time or you can spend a whole day a week with the family. You can do simple things like teaching the children to play English games, help the women to shop, cook and bake English food, do a bit of gardening, talk about English manners or sense of humour or anything you like! The only thing we ask from you is respect, friendship and willingness to work in a team of two people. This is to ensure we are complying with safeguarding rules.
Promoting our work: We need as many people as possible to know about our work and help us in any way they can. Can you share our work and events with your family and friends? You support is essential for us and for the family.