Somerset Welcome Fund

In March 2022 we launched the Welcome Fund to raise money to support refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine and, in future, refugees from other countries who are starting new lives in Somerset. 

Many will arrive with nothing. Many will have experienced unimaginable trauma. All have left their lives, homes, and country behind. We want to help them create a safe and secure home and feel welcomed into our communities here in Somerset.  

Funds will be used to make grants to local charities to deliver a range of much-needed support such as: 

  • counselling 

  • provision of food, clothing, laptops or tablets and other essential items  

  • support to help individuals move into employment or training  

  • support for children and young people to help them continue their education  

  • help to access financial support including translation services 

  • help to settle into their local community and build friendships and support networks.

Whilst we may fund some of the more immediate needs associated with refugees arriving in Somerset, we see our unique role as funding the long-term support that refugees and asylum seekers need to help them overcome complex personal challenges and settle into our communities here in Somerset. 

 

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