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.

For more on the Syrian refugee situation, and what people can do to help please see the Government’s response website

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 Crying out for Calais crowdfunding page This link will take you to an external website... .

If you want to help in any other way, please contact Crying out for Calais:

Emmaus Oxford

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

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.

Information and advice about refugee crisis

Last reviewed: 07 - 11 - 2016

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