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Community Kindness 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Refugees and asylum seekers have so much to contribute to our local community, but they need your support…

Asylum Welcome is an amazing Oxford-based charity that provides life-changing support to more than 1,700 asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants each year. Our work relies heavily on the active involvement of local people.


In these very tough times, we are reaching out to spread the word about what we do and to see if you can offer your support. If you are already one of our many volunteers or supporters, then please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you do. If you are not familiar with our work, then I hope you will take a moment to read about Asylum Welcome and see how you can help.

Refugees and asylum seekers are some of the most marginalised people in our community. There are many people in Oxfordshire who are facing exceptional adversity – including hunger, destitution and homelessness – and this has been compounded by COVID-19. With the right support, our clients go on to achieve incredible things and to contribute so much to local life.

Did you know, for example, that the much-loved, world-famous and ground-breaking Mini was created in Oxford by Alec Issigonis, a Greek refugee who fled Turkey in 1922, at the end of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922)?

Asylum Welcome believes that refugees and asylum seekers should feel welcome, respected and understood, be able to exercise their rights and have their cases fairly considered, and have every opportunity to develop and share their talents.

Our integrated services are delivered by 100+ committed volunteers and a small staff team, 35% of whom have a refugee background. Our work includes advice and support for adults and families, a youth service, an education and employment service, 1:1 English lessons, a recycled bike project, and a food bank and hardship fund – for the many clients facing homelessness and destitution.

Local refugees and asylum seekers rely on the kindness of people like you – and this has never been more the case than during COVID-19