Afghanistan Appeal 2021

Please watch this video about our Afghanistan Appeal, by Nick Harborne, our CEO.

What We’re Doing

Reading Refugee Support Group has been supporting refugees and asylum seekers from across the world for over 26 years.  We have worked in partnership with Reading, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham, and West Berkshire Borough Councils for the past five years supporting refugees escaping from Syria.

We have helped people register with GP and schools, find English lessons, jobs, homework clubs and assisting families to settled here and integrate into our communities.

RRSG has supported many refugees coming from Afghanistan over recent years, but current events in Kabul highlighted by the media have now brought the reality of the tragedy into everyone’s front rooms.  At the same time, people escaping war and violence from other parts of the world are arriving in the UK and being accommodated in Berkshire by the Home Office.

Reading Refugee Support Group will stand by and support all asylum seekers and refugees.  We offer casework support to those seeking asylum, and we need to put in place mental health support not currently funded by the Home Office for those living in hotels who are 500% more likely than the rest of the UK population to have mental health needs.

RRSG is working with other partners to step up support at this critical time.  From the many calls made to us, we are aware that people want to help, but they don’t know how. 

How You Can Help

Please do not donate clothes

Thank you for your generosity, but we have been inundated with donations of clothes and food, and we do not have the storage capacity to accept any more.
We will put the call out on social media if/when we need clothes again. Thank you.

Donate Money

We need your financial support. Your donation can help us recruit more support workers, hire spaces for more Drop Ins, recruit a Mental Health practitioner to provide proper Mental Health support, and to recruit and manage more Befriending and English volunteers.

Donate Laptops/Tablets

Internet access is a vital for refugees to communicate with family and friends that they’ve left behind or are elsewhere. If you can donate a brand new, internet ready laptop or tablet please email jonjo@rrsg.org.uk 

Fundraise For Us

We would love for you to fundraise for us, be it running a race, holding a bake sale, or selling unwanted clothes or furniture online. Any funds donated will help us provide more Caseworkers, more Drop Ins, hire a Mental Health practitioner and recruit more volunteers. If you would like to fundraise for us, please let us know by emailing jonjo@rrsg.org.uk

Volunteer Translators

Many people want to volunteer as translators. If you’re able to help with this, please let us know your contact details and what languages you are proficient in.
We will put you on our database and will call you as soon as we are able.  Please email:
volunteer@rrsg.org.uk

Volunteer Befrienders / English Teachers

We will need volunteers to help provide Befriending and basic English practice for the families arriving. If you would like to volunteer as a befriender or helping teach English, please let us know your contact details and we’ll add you to our database. Please email: volunteer@rrsg.org.uk

Accommodation

Some people have offered houses and flats to Afghan refugees. This is a fantastic offer.  RRSG will coordinate with the local authorities and pass on your details. Please email details about your property to: accommodation@rrsg.org.uk

Please support RRSG’s response to the Afghanistan Crisis by making a £5 monthly donation here:

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