Help for refugees
A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have appeals specifically aimed at helping refugees from Syria.
You can find information below about accommodation, fostering, donating money and or goods - locally and through national appeals - and information and advice.
Fostering a refugee child
If you would like to offer an unaccompanied refugee child foster care, you can find out more and register your interest by:
Donating money and/or goods locally
Crying out for Calais
This Witney-based project is planning a second visit to Calais with supplies for refugees.
They need donations of camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags, roll mats, stoves and men’s clothes, coats and shoes. You can also donate to the project directly, all money given will go on items that will be taken to Calais and you can also support the costs of this trip, through the .
If you want to help in any other way, please contact Crying out for Calais:
Emmaus is an Oxfordshire charity that has made humanitarian trip to Calais.
Donations needed include shoes, phone cards, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, solar electricals and non-perishable food and toiletries. For details of how you can donate please
Asylum Welcome is an Oxford-based charity that provides advice and education to refugees already in the country, visits detainees, promotes rights and runs events.
It is working with asylum seekers and refugees across Oxfordshire but mostly in Oxford. Financial donations are most welcome. They are also taking donations of unopened toiletries (including nappies) and tinned, bottled and packaged food. Please:
Donating money through national appeals
Most charities say they prefer a financial donation so they can target aid to where it is needed. The list below is not exhaustive, but a sample of the many national appeals that have been launched; some have spelt out exactly what a specific donation could provide.
- - £30 could buy 28 mats to help people cope with the cold.
- - Since January 2014, Oxfam has built and repaired water systems that serve almost one million people inside Syria. It has also undertaken water treatment activities, improved sewage systems, and worked on hygiene promotion in schools.
- - £60 could provide two families of four with heaters to keep them warm. You can donate through local branches
- : A donation of £100 could pay for the education and travel for two children for a week.
- The charity which runs independent rescue boats to rescue migrants at risk of drowning has seen a huge spike in donations since pictures of the drowned Syrian boy emerged.
- A specific fund named in honour of the drowned boy was set up within 24 hours of the circulation photographs of his body emerging. All proceeds will go to the humanitarian agency Hand in Hand for Syria.
- provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. 70 tents are being shipped to Lesbos to help arriving refugees. They are looking to help neighbouring islands too. You can also donate to Shelterbox by visiting the .
Information and advice about refugee crisis
Last reviewed: 05 - 04 - 2017