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Syrian refugees offer Dorset help during crisis

Syrian refugees offer Dorset help during crisis

Published by George Sharpe at 5:05pm 1st April 2020.

Syrian refugee families who've been taken in by Dorset are offering their help during the coronavirus pandemic.

82 Syrian refugees welcomed as part of the national resettlement scheme in Dorset are offering to help the county's most vulnerable people.

Dorset Council has received heart-warming messages from the families over the last few days.

They're offering to deliver food and other essentials to vulnerable people.

One of the refugees, Walid (pictured above), said:

"My family and I took refuge in this beautiful country.  That is why I want to offer my services to help the community. I can help to deliver food and other essentials to vulnerable residents in my area."

“I strongly believe in the responsibility of citizens to help each other in crises.  May God protect this country.”


The most recent family arrived on 3rd March but the resettlement scheme is now suspended due to the coronavirus.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Portfolio Holder for Education, Children and Early Help at Dorset Council, said:

“This is a wonderful example of how helping others pays off dividends to our communities later, with people coming together in this time of crisis. I think we all need a bit of this right now.”

Volunteers are needed across the county to help support the most vulnerable people during the crisis. Cllr Parry added:

“Many people will need extra support, like help with shopping, walking the dog, picking up prescriptions or just checking in with them to have a chat over the phone. 

“We are encouraging people to join the growing band of brilliant volunteers, helping and supporting everyone across Dorset so that people can get through tough times together.”

If you want to help but are not sure where to start, you can register with the Dorset Volunteering Centre.