Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign

Cambridge has always been ready and willing to welcome refugees in times of crisis. Offering sanctuary to those in need of refuge is a proud Cambridge tradition. We’re good at it, we always have been. This site has been set up to help members of the public to coordinate their activities and act together to show that Cambridge is a place which clearly says #CambridgeWelcomesRefugees



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  • From grassroots movement to registered charity How exciting: Without forgetting our roots, CRRC is continuing to grow and therefore we are currently applying to become registered as a charity. This means CRRC will move from the present structure as Unincorporated Association (UA) to becoming a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Association). Once the Charity Commission will have accepted the application, we will hold an ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) to which all our volunteers will be invited. On the agenda of the AGM will be·         An update of the work CRRC has done over the last year·         We will present current and planned future work·         Our accounts of the financial year will be made availableand·         We will ask our members to vote on winding-up the 'Unincorporated Association ...
    Posted 26 Mar 2017, 10:34 by Leonie Anna Mueck
  • Amnesty Talks: Refugee Tales – Conversation and Film 27 March at 19:00–21:00  Babylon Gallery Waterside, CB7 4AU Ely, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.Both based in Cambridge, Ali Smith is an award-winning Scottish writer and Sarah Wood is an artist filmmaker. They will talk about the Refugee Tales project which tells the moving accounts of asylum seekers, refugees, detainees, and those who work with them. We will also be showing Sarah’s 20 minute film Boat People, winner of the 2016 Whitstable Biennale’s Open Submission competition.Free admission.
    Posted 23 Mar 2017, 07:07 by Tony King
  • A future for the Dubs scheme? On 8th February, the government announced that only a further 150 refugee children will be admitted to the UK under the Dubs amendment, bringing the total to a disappointing 350. We believe this doesn't have to be the end of the Dubs scheme - the amendment remains in legislation and does not contain a time limit, although the political commitment is thin on the ground and there is no talk of bringing in more refugee children.   At CRRC, we have put pressure on the government to continue bringing in vulnerable children, and we're spreading awareness among the public so that individuals can also have their say. 1. We wrote an open letter to the people of Cambridge, which ...
    Posted 2 Mar 2017, 00:56 by Leonie Anna Mueck
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About Us

We are a group of volunteers, initially set-up by Citizens UK, helping other organizations working within Cambridge to welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, fleeing persecution and war. We aim to positively influence public opinion on refugees, enabling the people of Cambridgeshire to volunteer their services and provisions to help those newly arrived in the area. 

On 16 March CRRC became an Unincorporated Association with the signature of our constitution.  We are working towards being a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and we will keep you posted as to the progress of that.

  • We are in close working relationship with the County Council, City Council, Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum and Cambridge City of Sanctuary.  
  • We collect donations and pledges of services, household goods, clothing and toys to add to the provision offered by the local council. 
  • We inform faith groups, community groups, politicians and other influencers about the refugee crisis and engage them in our projects. Using conventional and social media channels, we campaign for the UK in general and Cambridgeshire in particular to be a safe haven for refugees.
  • We provide welcome packs to refugee families, including familiar food, warm clothing, toys and a welcome card.
  • We organize social events for refugee families in Cambridgeshire.
  • We liaise between the council and volunteer English teachers and translators.
  • We look for additional, privately owned properties, to add to the houses offered to refugee families. 
  • We explore fostering opportunities for unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children.
  • We co-organize fund-raising events. 
  • We support related campaigns run by students and staff at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University.
  • We're calling on Cambridgeshire County Council to do more to help child refugees


Supporters

Daniel Zeichner, MP of Cambridge


The Rt Revd David ThomsonBishop of Huntingdon:

"It’s great to see local people acting together to help welcome, house and support refugees arriving in this country from the Middle East. Bishop Stephen and I in the Diocese of Ely (covering Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk) have written to all our churches encouraging them to act wherever they can. Our key messages are 

(1) Act in partnership.
(2) Offer sustainable rentals.
(3) Help with emergency needs.
(4) Go on working as communities to help us all integrate and thrive.
(5) Consider fostering.
(6) Pray."

Julian Huppert, former MP of Cambridge:

"It is awful to see the plight of refugees fleeing persecution in Syria and elsewhere, and to see the lengths they will go to and risks they will take to escape. We are fortunate here in Cambridge and the UK to be able to help people desperately in need, and we have a moral obligation to help. I know people as open-minded and generous as so many in Cambridge are can act, and I hope we will act together to make a difference."

Rev Bridget Baguley, Curate at All Saints Church, Cottenham and All Saints Church, Rampton

Dr Aidan Van de Weyer, South Cambridgeshire District Councillor

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