In September 2015, the government announced that the UK would resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.
Peterborough City Council (PCC) agreed to resettle around one hundred Syrian refugees in Peterborough over the next five years. The first five families (approximately 23 people) arrived at the end of September 2016 as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Program.
PARCA was nominated by PCC to support newly arrived refugees through the scheme provided by the Home Office on Integration & Cohesion.
PARCA’s team ensures that the beneficiaries are provided with a dedicated source of advice and support to assist with registering for mainstream benefits and services, and signposting to other agencies that offer information, advice & guidance where necessary.
The support includes:
- a) Meet and Greet
- b) Orientation Package
- The Police
- Faith groups
- Family support
- Housing & safety
- Utilities & banking
- DWP / Job Centre Plus
- HMRC & Customs
- Family support
- c) Integration support
A comprehensive action plan is discussed and agreed, this includes short- and long-term objectives. Any additional support required will be identified.
A Personal Integration Plan is developed with everyone to monitor integration, including a baseline assessment, employment experience, skills, health and aspirations.
Beginnings of befriending and volunteer support from local churches / mosques and other communities in the local area. Teas / lunches / trips.
These refugees will be moved from camps in the countries neighboring Syria using the established processes for identifying and resettling refugees.
The government has agreed to cover all the health, social and educational costs for all refugees, this is in addition to them being able to access benefits such as housing.
Funding will come from the International Development Fund, so instead of these funds going to other countries, it is going to be used to support refugees in this country.
Work has already started with other organizations to put in place the arrangements to house and support the refugees from Syria.
The organization is aware that many people in Peterborough would like to offer help to the Syrian families as well as other families in need.
Any person would like to donate in kind, voluntary or financial support, please contact: Engy Morsy, Befriender Manager at befrienderVPRS@parcaltd.org
Or call us on 01733 563420.