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Partners thank charities for help in Afghan resettlement

Community, safety and emergencies

16 September 2021

Blurred photograph of Afghan children playing football

Partners in West Northamptonshire working to support the Government’s Afghan resettlement programme have expressed particular thanks to charities for their backing.

Since before the area welcomed its first arrivals, the British Red Cross and Salvation Army have provided a huge amount of logistical support.

More than 200 visitors are now in temporary accommodation at two hotels in the area, many of them families with young children.

And this has only been possible through a huge collaborative effort between council, emergency and health service partners and charities.

The British Red Cross (BRC), for example, has helped organise reception activities for new arrivals, collect information about their immediate needs and offer transport where required.

“We have been supporting the Afghan resettlement programme from the arrivals at the UK airports and then onwards, supporting our council colleagues in West Northamptonshire.

“The cooperation we have had during the Covid crisis has meant we were able to link in straight away and assist where needed.”
Paul Hebborn, BRC Emergency Response Officer

And the Salvation Army has been able to provide spaces for children to play and families to gather, co-ordinate donations and manage requests for support.

“We’re very pleased to do our part in the community to support the vulnerable and needy at this time.

“The local reaction is an example of willingness and dedication at its very best and we are just glad to be a part of it.”
Tim Stone, Salvation Army Church Leader

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire launched a GoFundMe page on 29 August in a bid to raise £15,000 to provide further aid and is well over halfway there.

“Many of our voluntary sector partners have stepped up to help during this challenging time.

“Our staff are working flat out to provide the right support to people at the right times, and that would be all but impossible without the kind of help we’ve had from local charities.

“Some of our visitors have quite complex needs and we are gradually getting an understanding of what those are.

“The trauma suffered by some families can’t be overestimated, so it’s amazing to know that everyone is willing to pull together when it counts, to make sure appropriate assistance is available.

“We’ve already highlighted the amazing offers of support that have been coming through from people across Northamptonshire and I’ll be eternally grateful for all of them.”
Cllr David Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services