Bath Welcomes Refugees

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About Bath Welcomes Refugees

This is a friendly group for anyone in the area who would like to be involved with welcoming refugee.

To support statutory bodies in seeking to enable families and individuals, who are fleeing crisis and find themselves in Bath, to become integrated and to thrive independently within the community, by: offering a sustainable safety net for financial need as funds allow; offering befriending and support activities within the community; working with other agencies, statutory and voluntary, to promote the work of the charity and related groups, locally and nationally

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Friends of Bath Welcomes Refugees

The team at Bath Welcomes Refugees would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported us since we launched over 18 months ago. We've been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community and are especially grateful to everyone that has volunteered their time or expertise, made a financial donation, fundraised for us or attended one of our events.

Since we created our Localgiving page last summer we have been fortunate that more than 250 people in our community have collectively donated £14,000 towards helping refugees find sanctuary in Bath and the surrounding areas. This is a fantastic start but the next step for us is to build a base of regular monthly donors , as this will ensure that we can offer support to the growing number of refugee families settling in Bath.

To do this, we are launching our Friends of Bath Welcomes Refugees group and would like to ask you for your support. You can become a friend by setting up a monthly donation via our Localgiving page. The minimum monthly donation is just £2 a month but you can always give more! If eligible, please gift aid the donation and leave your contact details so that we can say “thank you” and keep in touch.

Thank you for your support

Lucy Al cycles 100 miles to raise funds for refugees in Bath

Bath Welcomes Refugees volunteer Lucy Al is undertaking a huge 100 mile cycle ride later in October to fundraise for the refugee families in Bath (and she only learned to ride a bike last year!)

Here are her words:

"One of my most joyful memories is watching a refugee 3 year girl, used to be very silent, laughing with excitement when she first played with a dog.

I started volunteering with Bath Welcome Refugees almost a year ago. During my work, I remember sitting with one refugee family and listening to how life used to be before they arrived here... I remember thinking no human should live in such despair and that I was very grateful that their nightmare finally finished.. I remember saying "you are here now and that all gone". Even me at that moment, I couldn't believe it is true and not a sarcastic imagination. That made me think how much more there are that vulnerable and in urgent need of resettlement.

I can't act largely but I can do a little bit. I am doing this fundraising to support Bath Welcomes Refugees in their work in supporting our current refugee families in Bath and unaccompanied children, becoming a community sponsor for bringing a new family to sanctuary.

About myself and this physical challenge; I learned cycling last year. My friend thought at the time that I will never be able to balance. Now, I love cycling although I still make stupid falls. The first time I managed to cycle from Bath to Bristol was last March and since then I am trying to build more bit by bit. Now I can cycle 32 miles.

I am going to cycle 100 MILES on 24/25 of Oct. From Caldicot in Wales to Bristol (almost 24 miles) then to Bath (16 miles) then to bradford-on-avon (10 miles)
then to Hungerford via Chippenham and Avebury (50 miles).

It is not easy for me and I have to say I am a bit worried but I would very much like to do it. I am training now and trying to familiarise myself with the cycling route, which requires map reading skills.

So between bruising, getting lost in the fields, getting flat tyres in the middle of nowhere, sweating and feeling cold, I really hope you support me and support my aim."

You can donate to Lucy's fundraiser here:

Screening of 'The White Helmets'

The Syrian conflict over the past 5 years has claimed so many lives and resulted in so much destruction, with no solution in sight. All Syrians in their homes and abroad have suffered. An unarmed and neutral group of volunteers, The White Helmets, have made the heroic choice to stay in the middle of the conflict zone and risk their lives to help anyone in need.

University and College Union (UCU) and Amnesty International at Bath University are organising a screening of the new documentary, The White Helmets, which follows the volunteers of Syria's emergency services, who put themselves at risk daily to save the lives of others in the war-torn country.

The evening will run as follows:

6:20 Short intro from staff and students from Bath Welcomes Refugees
6:30 Screening starts
7:30 Closing

Entry to the screening is free, and any donations received will go to the following causes:

1) The White Helmets crowd fund:

2) Bath Welcomes Refugees:
Fundraising page:

3) Phone Credit for Refugees project: which supports unaccompanied minors and refugees across Europe

Thank you for your support.
18 Oct 2016 at 6:15pm
until 11 Oct 2016
Building 5W, Room 2.3
University of Bath