Helping refugees resettle in Norfolk & Waveney
A refugee fund was re-launched by the Bishop of Norwich to enable people to donate to refugees from Afghanistan re-settling in Norfolk.
Bishop Graham says:
“The appalling plight of families fleeing Afghanistan has been deeply moving to watch. As we seek to welcome some families to Norfolk and Waveney, I am relaunching the Bishop of Norwich’s refugee fund.
“This fund has given small grants to help with welcoming refugees from Syria and I am now extending it to support Afghans. It does not duplicate support that is provided by the State or other charities but looks for ways to help refugees settle. One example has been buying TV licences that help refugee families learn English and understand British culture and entertainment.
Your generous support, in loving our suffering neighbours as Jesus asks of us, would be hugely appreciated at this time. Thank you.”
Norfolk County Council (NCC) has asked us for help to enable them to respond to requests to donate financially to refugees arriving in Norfolk. The Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance will administrate the fund.
Click the above link and select Bishop’s Refugee Fund from the drop-down menu under A project, appeal, or charity
Other ways to give:
Donate by cheque: make it payable to ‘NDBF Ltd’ and make it clear which church, parish, benefice or appeal the money is to be put towards. Post to: 109 Dereham Road, Easton, Norwich, NR9 5ES.
Make a bank transfer using these details:
Payment reference: Bishop’s Refugee Fund
Sort code: 20-62-61
Account number: 30674508
Account name: NORWCH DIO (please note no “i”)
You can also download the QR Code for your notice board should you wish.
To find practical ways to contribute, please visit NCC’s page here.
The Diocese of Norwich Mothers’ Union is building upon five years’ experience of practically supporting vulnerable families from Syria. They have now helped three families come to Norwich from Afghanistan, working in partnership with NCC and the Home Office, by providing curtains and full bedding sets and making up the beds ready for a family’s arrival. If you want to assist with a financial donation towards this, please contact the Mothers’ Union Office on 01603 88233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We shall be adding any further relevant details to this page as the situation develops.
Prayer for refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(From the Church of England website)
‘Who is my neighbour?’
Below is a film that highlights how individuals within the Diocese are helping refugees, asylum seekers and foreign nationals with language classes.