Weekly Ukrainian social hub at The Vineyard

Refugees Welcome in Richmond and the Vineyard Community Centre are hosting a weekly social hub for Ukrainian guests and hosts at the Vineyard Café at 2a The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. From October the hub will run every Tuesday 1-3pm. Connect with other hosts and guests, practise your English, Ukrainian, Russian and other languages! Enjoy… Continue reading Weekly Ukrainian social hub at The Vineyard

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

Free English courses for Ukraine scheme refugees

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) have been providing additional free language courses for those on the Homes for Ukraine and Family Visa schemes throughout the summer. Anyone interested in signing up for new classes over the coming term should sign up for an assessment to determine their language level, so that they can… Continue reading Free English courses for Ukraine scheme refugees

Eid-al Fitr Mubarak!

Millions of people celebrated Eid-al Fitr on 1st and 2nd May to mark the end of Ramadan, including many of our refugee families and friends. To mark the occasion we organised gifts for all the children aged under 12, vouchers for the teenagers, and a voucher or cash for each family. We wish all our… Continue reading Eid-al Fitr Mubarak!

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Ukraine crisis

For the latest guidance and updates on support for refugees from Ukraine, visit our Ukraine page.

Finding homes for Ukraine: report from our meeting

Our secretary, Valerie Booth, reports back from a meeting on 31st March to discuss our support for refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine arriving in Richmond. In response to the current crisis, we invited existing and new contacts to join us at the Vineyard Community Centre. We had approximately 20 attendees, most having signed up… Continue reading Finding homes for Ukraine: report from our meeting

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

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

Refugees and The Three Peas

Thursday 29th June was a special occasion for Refugees Welcome in Richmond (RWinR). We joined with The Three Peas to present an evening of lyrical Syrian music and talks to the accompaniment of the most delicious food and drink. It was a balmy evening, making the secluded garden of the Vineyard Church Café an ideal… Continue reading Refugees and The Three Peas

Stories out of Syria

On Thursday 30th June 2016, Refugees Welcome in Richmond hosted our launch event ‘Stories out of Syria’ in the Waldegrave Drawing Room at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. The aim of the event was to celebrate Syrian culture, raise awareness of what’s been going on in Syria, and gather support for our project to provide… Continue reading Stories out of Syria