First fam­i­lies to be re­set­tled in Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

Do­na­tions can be made to Syr­ian refugees who are ex­pected to be­gin ar­riv­ing in Peter­bor­ough next month. Twenty-three peo­ple from five fam­i­lies - 10 adults and13chil­dren-will be­home­dinthecity as part of the Gov­ern­ment’s Syr­ian Vul­ner­a­ble Per­son Re­set­tle­ment Pro­gramme.

It fol­lows a de­ci­sion made this year by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to re­set­tle around100 Syr­ian refugees in Peter­bor­ough over the next five years.

There set­tled fam­i­lies have been liv­ing in refugee camps close to the Syr­ian bor­der af­ter hav­ing to flee their homes due to the coun­try’s civil war.

The five fam­i­lies will all move into pri­vate sec­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion in the city.

Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor John Holdich said: “We know that many res­i­dents want to wel­come these five fam­i­lies to the city and we hope they are able to do­nate what they can.

“We agreed to re­set­tle the fam­i­lies af­ter re­ceiv­ing as­sur­ances from the Gov­ern­ment that they would pro­vide fund­ing to cover all the health, so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional costs for all in­di­vid­ual refugees. This is in ad­di­tion to them be­ing able to ac­cess ben­e­fits, such as hous­ing ben­e­fit.

“We believe this is the right bal­ance to be able to help those in need with­out putting sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra pres­sure on ser­vices in the city.”

The coun­cil has al­ready been con­tacted by a num­ber of res­i­dents of­fer­ing their help

A do­na­tion list fea­tur­ing house­hold items is now on the coun­cil’ s web­site, and a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion to help pur­chase items can be made to Rain­bow Saver Anglia Credit Union Ltd.

Any ad­di­tional items, or fi­nan­cial sup­port, will be dis­trib­uted to other Peter­bor­ough fam­i­lies in need.

Cab­i­net mem­ber Cllr Irene Walsh said :“This is an un­prece­dented hu­man cri­sis. The city has a long and proud his­tory of wel­com­ing those that need our help and I am con­fi­dent this will con­tinue.”

Visit www.peter­bor­­i­an­refugees or call 01733 747474.

Out­side one of the tent schools at a Syr­ian refugee camp

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