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Latest News - Family arrival. - Bude Refugee Support Group

Latest News – Family arrival.

We have confirmation that the family we have sponsored will be arriving towards the end of June. They are a family of 5 – parents and 3 young children.

Everyone who has signed up to our pledging scheme of £5 a month for 20 months or made other financial donations, people who have given furniture, bedding, appliances, those who have helped with administration or simply given us kind words, encouragement and the like, St. Olaf’s Church and local businesses such as Mirchi and Woolacotts  THANK YOU. You have made this happen!


“For the triumph of evil it is only necessary that good men do nothing”  Edmund Burke

22/6/17 The family are safely here and settling in well. They are delightful. Now for them the massive task of learning to speak English, getting to know our laws & customs as well as making new friends. Leaving behind everything especially parents, brothers and sisters is heart-wrenching for them. The family are very grateful for their beautiful home and the support they are receiving.

17/9/17 All is going well with the resettlement. The 2 older children have settled in well at school and the two year old has just started nursery on 2 afternoons each week. The father, who is seeking work as a welder, has started volunteering in a local charity shop. We are continuing to provide English lessons, interpreters and the befriending team are introducing the family to the various clubs, interest groups and societies that the family may wish to join. They have joined the library. The eldest child trains with Bude’s junior football club, which he loves. Both the older children are having swimming lessons. Thank you to everyone who has made their first few weeks here less daunting than it might have been.

12/12/17 The Home Office has made a 2nd. visit to ensure the resettlement is going to plan. They are pleased with progress and have approved our application to resettle an additional family. We hope they will be with us early in the New Year. The first family continue to thrive. They now have a car which has enabled them to become much more independent. The father has a job and they are all making huge progress with learning English. Being part of this group and the wider community has restored my faith in human nature – there are so many acts of kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness … Thank you.