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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  • CRRC‘s first official AGM was a success! (Written by Heidi Radke)We welcomed over 30 active and a number of new volunteers to our AGM on 5th July 2017.  In very varied and colourful presentations, core group members gave a stimulating overview of CRRC’s manifold activities and the impressive progress the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign has made since its foundation in September 2015.  The Treasurer presented his report including the good news about a healthy budget; and the Board of Trustees of the, now registered, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was introduced. Important points were discussed, for example highlighting the relevance of critically assessing how to use CRRC’s funds best in order to really make a difference. The official part ended with a presentation and ...
    Posted 23 Jul 2017, 23:54 by Nina Szymor
  • Annual General Meeting We cordially invite you to our Annual General Meeting 5 July 2017, 20.00 Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House Please indicate on this form here if you wish to attend no later than 30th June 2017 so that numbers can be finalised with the venue. AGENDA Annual report Presentation and vote to accept the annual accounts Transformation of CRRC into a CIO with vote on winding-up the 'Unincorporated Association'* Current and planned future work Any other business *On 2nd May 2017 CRRC has become registered as Charitable Incorporated Association (CIO - Foundation, charity number 1172836 ). In order to complete this move the present Unincorporated Association (UA) will be wound up to allow the transformation into the CIO. A social with ...
    Posted 20 Jun 2017, 07:03 by Tony King
  • General Election Hustings on Refugees on 17 May 17 May, 19.45, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, CambridgeAsk Stuart Tuckwood (Greens), Daniel Zeichner (Labour), Julian Huppert (Lib Dems) and John Hayward (Conservatives) about their opinion on Human Rights, Equality and Refugees!Local campaign groups join forces to hold election candidates’ debate on refugees, human rights and racism The candidates of the main parties fighting for the Cambridge seat in the General Election will be taking part in a hustings debate at Emmanuel Reformed United Church on May 17. The event is being organised by local activists who are part of a network of groups campaigning for the rights of refugees, human rights and minorities. The public will have the opportunity to ask local candidates questions on immigration, refugees ...
    Posted 8 May 2017, 08:24 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.

Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign is a registered charity (CIO). Charity number in England and Wales: 1172836


  • 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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