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£915raised of £644 target by 17 supporters

Weʼre raising £644 to fund a day trip to the seaside for newly-arrived families

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I work with a number of people who are settling in Oxford with their families, having arrived as refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. They are finding their feet again in a new community and trying to rebuild a life here, while many family members are left behind, missing, or scattered in different parts of the world.

Building a new life is a long and difficult process, especially after traumatic experiences. There are countless obstacles to overcome including learning a new language, learning to read and write (often for the first time), settling children into schools and education, navigating a way through the health system (including treatment for diabetes, heart failure and kidney dialysis) and working to build skills that will lead to employment.

I have seen how hard people are working and how relentless this can be. Last year we managed to secure funding to take 53 people for a day trip to Bournemouth after they talked about how much they would like to experience the British seaside. It gave families the chance to relax in a way that many of us take for granted. It's a small event, but it's one that means a lot. It's the opportunity to do something 'normal' and we all know that time away can help us forget the daily grind!

Since last year, many families have said that they would love to do this trip again but funding sources have dried up. Last Christmas a neighbour suggested crowdfunding and that's why this is being posted! It's a way that we can support each other and show that we can be a welcoming and inclusive community.The money will fund the coach to Bournemouth and any donations, however small, will be very much appreciated. Many thanks!

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  • Teresa Garlake5 months ago
    Teresa Garlake

    Teresa Garlake

    5 months ago

    Thank you so much to all the people who have been so generous. It is amazing that we are getting there so fast! I don't want to count chickens but, if we do exceed the £644, then any excess can be used to pay for other family activities such as a trip to London on the bus or a visit to the Botanic Gardens in Oxford. I am sure that these opportunities will make a big difference. Many, many thanks!

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  • Margaret Garlake

    Margaret Garlake

    May 11, 2018

    Viva Syria!


  • Jane Mackay

    Jane Mackay

    Apr 8, 2018

    I hope you find happy things to do with the families. What a great idea!


  • Harm-Jan Fricke

    Harm-Jan Fricke

    Mar 23, 2018


  • Alan Hughes

    Alan Hughes

    Mar 22, 2018


  • Rachel and John

    Rachel and John

    Mar 21, 2018

    Have a lovely time in Bournemouth!

  • Donation from Rosy

    Donation from Rosy

    Mar 21, 2018


  • Morgan Dawe

    Morgan Dawe

    Mar 21, 2018


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