29 May: Samira Kitman art exhibition supporting Afghan refugees

Update: Thanks very much to Samira Kitman and Firas Ali for organising an excellent exhibition of Samira’s artworks at Ham Youth Centre on Sunday 29 May. The event was very well attended, as you can see from the images below. If you attended our Spring Party in March, you might have had the pleasure of… Continue reading 29 May: Samira Kitman art exhibition supporting Afghan refugees

13th April: Free English language course

Interested in a free beginner English language course? Meet tutors from the Barnes Community Association English School at 1.30-3pm on Wednesday 13th April at the Vineyard Community Centre Café, The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. The course will begin at a later date, but the teachers will assess students’ needs and numbers of people interested in… Continue reading 13th April: Free English language course

Comments from Sarah Olney’s coffee morning

Our Housing Officer, Simone Webster, reports back from another very useful meeting with Sarah Olney MP on Wednesday 30th March. Sarah gave us the opportunity to outline our work to date and advise of tomorrow’s discussion and recruitment meeting, which she offered to publicise. After a brief update on the political and military status of… Continue reading Comments from Sarah Olney’s coffee morning

31st March: in-person meeting to support Ukrainian refugees

We are meeting publicly to discuss how best to support newly arriving refugees from Ukraine next Thursday 31st March 2022 at 6pm in central Richmond.  Anyone interested in volunteering to help support new Ukrainian arrivals in the Borough will be very welcome to attend. For details, please contact us. If you are considering offering temporary accommodation… Continue reading 31st March: in-person meeting to support Ukrainian refugees

Let your property and give an Afghan family a home

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames signed up to accept Afghan refugees under the Government’s and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Schemes. With thousands of Afghan refugees waiting in limbo in bridging hotels, more properties are urgently needed to give families the stability they need to rebuild their lives.

Spring Party 2022

Our Befriending Team Leader and Safeguarding Officer, Elizabeth Byrne-Hill, recalls Refugees Welcome in Richmond’s Spring Party on 5th March 2022. Covid restrictions made a New Year’s Party seem unwise and a postponed date in March sounded an excellent idea. But as we approached the Youth Centre on a rather gloomy Saturday afternoon, a wintry wind was blowing… Continue reading Spring Party 2022

Newsletter 2021

We apologise for the long gap since letting you have news of our activities. We all know the reasons why. The past eighteen months have been difficult in terms of visiting and supporting the six Syrian families living in Richmond under the SVPR scheme, but we have been able to offer support with on-line and… Continue reading Newsletter 2021