Weʼre raising £3,000 to go towards the Syrian Sisters community group, offering support for refugee women in Oxford.
- Oxford, UK
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Syrian Sisters Women's Group offers a support network for refugee women who have recently arrived in Oxford. It helps them make new friends, learn about Oxford and the UK, and build their skills. The core of the group's activities (in usual times) is a weekly meeting at Rose Hill Community Centre where the women gather with their children to socialise, attend training workshops, do crafts and discuss any challenges they're facing. For newly arrived refugee women (many of whom come through the Vulnerable Families Resettlement Program) the group is a vital point of contact and ongoing support. An average of 30 women attend the meetings with their children every week but a larger number (including some from outside Oxford) come to special events and holiday activities.
During Covid19 we have been supporting women to access to local services, receive counselling support and come together in small groups or online groups.
Previously, the weekly meetings are an important chance for many women to leave the home, meet friends and others who have had similar experiences and speak the same language, and come together to learn about the UK and gain new skills. The group has already enabled several women to get Food Hygiene Certificates so that they can now make and sell food at events, has organised outings to local sites such as museums and farms, has twice run a two-week holiday camp for children and organised 2 day trips to the sea-side. Visiting speakers often come to the meetings, for example, Oxfam held a workshop about volunteering opportunities and the local police have run a workshop about policing and the law.
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Nuha is a former social worker from Syria. She arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2016 and has since established a network of support for other Syrian and Arabic speaking women in Oxford. She now works part time at the university and has a young family living in Oxford.