Letter sent to community leaders:
As you know, the Syrian refugee crisis is continuing, and Milton Keynes Council has committed to take a number of families from the refugee camps.
Since September we have formed a “Refugees Welcome” group which is working with the Council and the Red Cross to help resettle these vulnerable people in our city.
The first few refugees will soon be ariving and they will need help with a range of different things, including learning English, basic needs, and accomodation.
We realise that this is a complicated issue, but we also think that community leaders are key to finding these crucial resources. For example, the Council needs to find a number of private landlords who would be willing to make their properties available for refugees and they have a number of ideas for making this possible. They can’t reach the people who can do this without our help.
What we need is community leaders, who can stand up confidently in front of their people and make a request for help. We need your support if we’re going to meet this urget need.
On the 24th February between 8:00am and 9:00am we are going to hold a breakfast briefing for community leaders at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in CMK. This is not just about giving you information, it’s about equiping you so that you can ask your people for help with authority and confidence.
At this meeting we will have Kerri Chana from the Red Cross and Jeremy Beake from Milton Keynes Council. These are the two people who know most about the situation and will be able to give a really informative briefing.
This is a really difficult crisis, but there is a lot we can do to help. Please let me know if you can come to this meeting. It would be helpful to know what sort of numbers we will have.
All the best,
(On behalf of Refugees Welcome)