Help for refugees
Six refugee families are being accommodated in West Oxfordshire as part of the Home Office resettlement programme.
We are working with Asylum Welcome in Oxford to provide practical support for these families. Asylum Welcome has been providing a humanitarian response to the challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers for many years.
Below is information about how you can help the plight of Syrian refugees.
Fostering a refugee child
If you would like to offer an unaccompanied refugee child foster care, you can find out more and register your interest by:
- visiting the Oxfordshire County Council website or
- phoning 0800 7835724.
Donating money and/or goods locally
Below is a broad range of charities and non-governmental organisations where you can donate.
There are many other charities and not-for-profit organisations also supporting the Syrian appeal and other humanitarian causes. We recommend that before donating you read about them to understand how your activities and donations will be used in support of their work.
Residents making other offers of help can also view the Government’s response website.
Alternatively, you can call the Red Cross's dedicated phone line on 0800 107 8727 if you'd like to discuss what you can do to help.
Specialist refugee services in Oxfordshire:
Asylum Welcome, Oxford
Works with asylum seekers and refugees across Oxfordshire providing advice and education to refugees already in the country, visits detainees, promotes rights and runs events. Financial donations are welcome.
Provides meaningful and supportive services for some of the most vulnerable groups of people.
Diocese of Oxford
The Diocese has published useful information on its website and this includes encouraging individuals and parishes to work through established agencies
Open Doors, West Oxfordshire
Supports persecuted Christians worldwide. Visit their website for information about their Appeal for Syrian refugees
Local volunteer support groups:
Charlbury Refugee Action Group
Crying out for Calais, Witney
- Crying out for Calais crowdfunding page
- Crying out for Calais Facebook page
- Crying out for Calais Twitter page
Witney Refugee Action
If you know of other local charitable organisation that we have not included, please send us contact details and we will get in touch with them.
Most charities say they prefer a financial donation so they can target aid to where it is needed. The list below is not exhaustive, but a sample of the many national appeals that have been launched.
- British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal
- Oxfam Refugee Crisis
- Save the Children - you can donate through local branches, see the Carterton and Witney Save the children website
- The World Food Programme
- Shelterbox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. You can also donate to Shelterbox by visiting the Witney Rotary Club website
Below are some charities where you can offer help or donate goods