Support for Afghan refugees

The first Afghan family has recently been welcomed into Brent as part of the government’s resettlement programme.

The council is supporting the Home Office’s Afghan Resettlement Programme in stages and will start by offering suitable private housing to a very small number of families.

Cllr Butt, Leader of Brent Council said, “The world has been watching the crisis unfold in Afghanistan and my thoughts are with all those that have been affected. Brent is a proudly diverse borough and we have a moral duty to offer sanctuary to those in need.

“We are working with private landlords to find suitable housing, and we recently welcomed the first family into the borough. Working with local partners in health, policing and the voluntary sector, we will do everything we can to help them settle in and make them feel at home here in the Borough of Cultures.

“I know many local people have already asked what they can do to help. Thank you for your willingness to support. The London Refugee Response is collecting donations on behalf of charities across the capital supporting Afghan refugees. If you want to help and are able to make a donation - of any amount - I know this would make a real difference.

“The Home Office is also providing accommodation to asylum seekers who enter the country illegally.  You will all have seen the TV reports of people crossing the channel in small boats every day and these numbers are growing.  We are liaising with the Home Office to make sure that emergency accommodation provided to the asylum seekers is spread across London fairly. We are happy to play our part, but we are lobbying the government to make sure that all boroughs play a fair and equal part.”

If you would like to help

Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is one of the charities providing support to refugees through this crisis. If you would like to help, there are a number of things you can do:

  • Buy items in short supply from this Amazon wish list. The items ordered through the wish list will be sent to the ACAA offices in Feltham where they will then be handed out to those in need.
  • Alternatively, view the items on the wish list or monitor the ACAA social media pages to see which donations are being requested. The ACAA ask people to bring only new, like new or unused items. This is because of a lack of volunteers to organise donations of second-hand clothes.
  • Make a monetary donation through the fundraising page or directly through the ACAA website.
  • Volunteer to sort donations, teach English to Speakers of Other Languages or help children with their school homework in English or Farsi by emailing afgcrisis@afghanistan-central-asian.org.uk

Support for refugees

The Home Office has set up a telephone number for Afghan families who have relocated to the UK.  The phone number is 02475 389 980 (and will be option 1 on the messaging) with opening hours as 6am to 6pm.

The ACAA also offer direct support for refugees. It is a community centre so any refugees in need of support can visit: Afghanistan and Central Asian Association Office, Unit 9, Griffin Centre, Staines Road, Feltham TW14 0HS from Monday to Saturday 11 to 6pm.

If they’re not able to come to the centre, they can call 0208 572 0300 or for legal advice email legal@afghanistan-central-asian.org.uk.

The ACAA social media pages