TWO clothing collections for Syrian refugees are being held this Saturday, June 18 in Redditch.
Volunteers at both St Luke’s Church Hall on Evesham Road, Headless Cross and at Redditch Central Mosque on Jinnah would welcome any of the following:
Tents, sleeping bags, wind-up torches, men’s joggers and t-shirts, sun hats, sunscreen, insect repellant, toiletries, flip flops and sandals, trainers, women’s thin long sleeved tops, tunics or long dresses, leggings, long head scarfs, bras, new underwear, all sizes both genders, socks, nappies, baby wipes, pushchairs and new hairbrushes.
Members of the public are welcome to bring their donations between 2pm and 5pm on the day.
Members of Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR) are also recruiting people who can help the refugees when they arrive in town at the end of this month.
The borough will be hosting three families, the first of an anticipated 200 refugees who will be housed across Worcestershire.
Dr John Cochrane, chairman of BRWR said: “They will be housed through private landlords to make they do not interfere with our own people who are waiting for houses themselves.
“The approach we are taking is one of empowerment, so that when they comes they can make the choices of what they need to start re-building their lives and we will offer them support in this.”
June 20 is United Nations World Refugee Day and BRWR is appealing to local people to organise fund raising events to help the refugees heading for Redditch and Bromsgrove – for more details and a help guide email the organisation’s vice chairman Naeem Arif at email@example.com .
There is also a welcome and fund raising dinner planned at Redditch Town Hall on July 9.
Tickets are £15 per person available from Sue Yeng on firstname.lastname@example.org.