Dorset Residents Offer Homes To Refugees

Dorset Residents Offer Homes To Refugees

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 6:43am 18th September 2015. (Updated at 11:34am 18th September 2015)

Meanwhile an appeal to help refugees will be launched next week by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Christine James.


An appeal to help refugees will be launched next week by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Christine James.

She will be asking residents to donate goods to help improve the lives of refugees arriving in Britain with items given to Kent County Council which is helping them as they arrive.

The appeal will run from 21 September to 5 October and will see the borough council collecting items for children and young people.

Offers of housing help for refugees are being registered by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
The borough council is thanking residents for offers of help, while also making it clear that it may not be required. At this point the Government has said it is not anticipating that it will need to accommodate refugees in people's homes.  
 
Councillor Kevin Brookes, borough council Housing Briefholder, said: "People who want to offer accommodation to refugees can now register their details at www.dorsetforyou.com/refugees-response These kind offers may not be needed, we will update people as the situation develops."

Councillor Ian Bruce, Chairman of the borough council Management Committee said: "While we do not yet know if we will be called upon to resettle refugees, we are keen not to lose out on offers of help. The resettlement will not be an instant process and local councils will be helping long after the crisis is no longer being reported in the press. Anyone who wants to help by making a donation should go to www.redcross.org.uk/refugeecrisis"


Meanwhile West and North Dorset District Councils are also registering offers of housing help for refugees .

West Dorset Councillor Tim Yarker, district council housing executive portfolio holder, said: "Anyone who would like to register their wish to offer accommodation to refugees can give their details at dorsetforyou.com/refugees-response

"We may not end up needing these kind offers of support. However, we are keen not to lose out on offers of help. Anyone who wants to help by making a financial donation should go to www.redcross.org.uk/refugeecrisis"