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

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

Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

Volunteers from Refugees Welcome in Richmond met with Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park, today on Friday 11th March at her constituency office. We discussed setting up a database collating offers of local sponsorship and accommodation to facilitate resettlement of Ukrainian refugees as soon as the proposed government sponsorship scheme is announced. Other issues we raised… Continue reading Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

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

Our impacts

Seven years have flown by since we were founded on 1st November 2015.
Here’s some of what we’ve achieved…

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