CRRC is a registered charity for the purpose of supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Cambridge area. We are a volunteer-run group of Cambridgeshire residents which was formed in 2015 at the height of the current migrant crisis, when the media was filled with images of the misery of the camps and the tragedy of failed attempts to reach them. We wanted to help by welcoming refugees into our community. Originally focussed on fundraising and lobbying local government, we were helped to organise by Citizens UK and became a registered charity in 2017.
We provide a wide range of practical support to resettled refugee families and work closely with the Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils and other local stakeholders. We advocate on behalf of our beneficiaries for assistance with housing, healthcare and education. This means:
- seeking out private landlords willing to accept Council rent rates;
- sourcing items of furniture, household equipment and bicycles according to identified needs;
- helping new families to settle in by tidying gardens and redecorating homes;
- chaperoning beneficiaries at medical appointments and offering a doula service for expectant mothers;
- providing one-to-one help with homework for school-age children;
- running English for Speakers of Other Languages classes with childcare for the benefit of mothers with young children;
- organising programmes of outings and activities during the school holidays;
- running an after-school Code Club for refugee children;
- partnering with individuals and groups able to assist with Arabic translation and learning;
- getting the families together once a month for a social event where they can meet each other and our volunteers;
- arranging counselling and advice for beneficiaries;
- giving talks and presentations about refugee issues, particularly at local schools.
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