St Peter’s is working with Bristol City Council preparing to welcome to Henleaze a Syrian family being housed under the government sponsored Resettlement Scheme. They will be part of a growing number of families coming to Bristol, having fled violence and conflict, currently struggling to survive in camps and temporary accommodation in the countries neighbouring Syria.
In September 2015 the UK government pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees
from Syria by 2020.
The scheme is the UK's contribution to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) global resettlement programme for Syrian refugees and Bristol has responded by providing housing, English language teaching, education and integration support for about 40 families over the last four years. The scheme is funded by central government; families on the scheme have Humanitarian Leave to stay in Britain for five years and have refugee status.
Bristol City Council welcomes the involvement of volunteers in supporting the scheme. Their own resources are limited to providing basic needs so volunteers can often offer extra assistance, advice, treats, and be-friending to help the families settle. St Peter’s has launched Henleaze Hospitality, a network of volunteers who will initially support a family living close by - but eventually reach out to others across NW Bristol in partnership with other volunteer organisations. With generous donations Henleaze Hospitality has furnished and equipped a house ready for a young family. Toys, books, bedding, baby equipment, ornaments and pictures have all been given freely and used to turn the house in to a home ready for the arrival of the family.