Refugees Welcome in Richmond

We’re a group of local people volunteering in support of refugees in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Welcoming refugees

Our volunteers provide befriending and language support to help people to settle into the community and access the services they need. We’re always looking for more supporters to join us.

We work alongside the Council’s Resettlement Team to supplement the support offered by the families’ caseworker.

We’re also finding homes in the Borough for people fleeing crises, conflicts, or persecution around the world. We urgently need more rental properties.

In collaboration with the Council, we’ve developed a package of commercial benefits for landlords.

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, we have a dedicated subgroup to support refugees from there and the local residents hosting them in Richmond Upon Thames.

Ways to volunteer

Richmond OpenStreetMap

Finding homes

Let your property on favourable terms and help us bring a refugee family to safety.


After a background check, you can join our welcoming party and even make new friends.

Weekly food collection


Fundraise, donate food or your time, and help vulnerable people in our neighbourhood.


“I am really grateful to a [group] in my constituency called Refugees Welcome in Richmond, who came to see me on Friday. They are very concerned that the renewed focus on Ukrainian refugees will obscure the effort that is still going on to rehome our Afghan refugees. So many of them are still in hotels… Continue reading Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park

Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park

“I very much support the invaluable contribution of Refugees Welcome in Richmond to the resettlement of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, through finding homes, befriending, and events promoting integration.”

Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham

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