ABOUT US

Bermondsey Welcomes Refugees is a community sponsorship group of volunteers with the mission of resettling a refugee family into the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe area of London, as part of the UK Government's Community Sponsorship Scheme. The Scheme was established by the UK Government in 2016 at the height of the refugee crisis. It provides a safe and legal route for refugees to come to the UK.

The group was formed in September 2019 with an initial 4 volunteers, this has now increased to almost 20 volunteers.  We are a diverse and inclusive team with the majority living or working in the area. 



Since our start-up in 2019, we have arranged numerous events to fundraise for our work and also to raise awareness of the Community Sponsorship scheme.    We are looking to fundraise in excess of £12,000 to sucessfully meet our ambition of giving a new life to a refugee family.  Our events have included movie screenings, cake sale, astronomy lecture and much more. 


We have a core team of members split into groups to cover our areas of work: Home Office application, housing, fundraising, education to name a few.  We will welcome the family when they arrive at the airport and support them for up to two years after, helping them build a new and sustainable life and to ensure they become part of their new community.  The support covers all aspects of everyday life including housing, employment, language skills, education, healthcare etc. 


If you would like to keep up-to-date with our events, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media.  If you can support our work, get in touch. 


WHO WE WORK WITH



We work in partnership with:


Citizens UK, a community organising group in the UK, who help mobilise communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.  In particular we work with their Sponsor Refugees team.


RESET, the UK's Community Sponsorship training, support and advice provider.  RESET prepare ordinary people across the UK to resettle refugees in their local areas by providing high quality training, workshops and resources.  quality training, workshops and resources.


WHAT WE DO 

HOW WE WORK

Each month we hold a team meeting, at the moment this is done virtually, but normally it's face to face. We work in different sub teams, each usually meeting bi-monthly.  The teams are structured to cover all areas of our work. 

MEET THE TEAM

We are a team of approximately 30 volunteers, who collectively are working towards resettling a refugee family into the area.  We are a diverse and inclusive team all striving to reach the same goal.  We will continue to offer our support when our family arrives for the next two years, to ensure they settle and feel welcome in their new community  Here is a snapshot of our volunteers.

ALAA KHATTAB

LAURA TABORN

FRANCISCO DIEGO

FIONA MCCONACHIE

JO WEIR

JUN GAO

PRISCILLA NEGREIROS

CLAIRE NILLES

TRACY HART

KATE BEECHING

RICHARD MARCEL

OWEN WILLIAMS

CAROLINE LACEY

MARGARET SPARKS

FLYNN DEVINE

RHIANNON CROKER