Can you help house a refugee family?
Published: Thursday 5th January 17
The council is looking for more residents, businesses or other organisations who could help provide a secure and safe home for Syrian refugees resettling in London.
Under the Government’s scheme, homes need to be self-contained, have at least two bedrooms and be available on an assured shorthold tenancy for a minimum of 24 months. Rent levels would need to be set within the limits of the local housing allowance.
These requirements are designed to ensure incoming families have the security and space that they need.
The town hall will provide a range of help and support to refugee families, including a dedicated case worker to help them settle into the local community, access benefits, employment and local services like schools and doctors.
Individuals or organisations providing homes for refugees could be assured of long term, secure and well supported tenants.
The town hall’s commitment to supporting refugees has cross party support on Wandsworth Council.
The local authority also provides homes for unaccompanied refugee children from Syria and other parts of the world.
If you can help, call the housing team on (020) 8871 5307.
For those who would like to offer their help in other ways, a British Red Cross Helpline has been set up to help direct offers of support from the public to appropriate organisations. The helpline number is 0800 107 8727.
Other humanitarian and relief agencies that would welcome support include:
- British Red Cross Appeal
- Save the Children's Child Refugee Crisis Appeal
- UNHCR's Emergency Appeal
- The World Food Programme
The Government has provided comprehensive information on how UK residents can help refugees, at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/syria-refugees-what-you-can-do-to-help--2
Several charities and organisations are working with refugees across the UK. To find out more about volunteering opportunities in the local area visit the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.