AFGHAN refugees are set to be welcomed to Warwickshire.
Thousands are looking to escape Afghanistan following the swift Taliban take-over of the war-torn country following the withdrawl of NATO allied troops.
Many are arriving seeking refuge in the UK and Warwickshire residents have been quick to step forward and offer their support.
Warwickshire is expected to welcome around 100 people into the county as part of the national Home Office plan.
For some it will be a short stay as they make plans to move to be close to friends and family elsewhere in the UK.
Others will remain in Warwickshire for longer having undergone a terrifying experience, fleeing their homeland, leaving behind loved ones and arriving in a new country.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is working with partners in health and the districts and boroughs to ensure the new arrivals are safe and well.
And residents in Warwickshire have been quick to show their compassion and offer support. The county council is currently assessing what things would be most helpful and working with local charities to coordinate donations.
WCC leader Izzi Seccombe said: “During the pandemic, a light was shone on the fabulous community spirit that characterised our county.
“As people are hearing about the plight of the Afghan people, many are contacting us to see how they can offer support. We want to make sure we offer the right kind of support and that people’s generous offers fit the needs of the families who have started to arrive.
“Working with our partners we will do all we can to make that happen.”
While the council assesses the best help needed, there are several local charities which support refugees. These include:
Stratford Welcome Here group who have set up a JustGiving page to support Afghan families. Money generated will be used to purchase specific items as it becomes clear what is needed. JustGiving page. Click here
Carriers of Hope – Click here