We are looking for volunteer befrienders and interpreters. We particularly need Arabic speakers. To find out more about this rewarding role, please contact us.
Do you have property in Enfield that you would like to rent to a refugee family?
Enfield Refugee Welcome (ERW) is arranging to settle our next family in the borough and need suitable accommodation.
The rent will need to be at the Local Housing Allowance rate, which in Enfield is currently £1,106.47 per month for 2 bedroom accommodation, £1,365.52 for 3 bedroom and £1,684.15 for 4 bedroom.
If you have property to rent and think you can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about ERW see http://www.enfieldrefugeewelcome.org/
Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday 28th February at Saint Alphege, Edmonton at 8pm. Please come along to meet the current team and hear about ways in which you can volunteer. Do bring any friends or relatives who might be interested in joining Enfield Refugee Welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
Huge thanks to everyone involved in the lyrical feat that was last Sunday's Enfield Poem-a-thon, with inspiring poetry, a great audience and a vibrant atmosphere, the event was a massive success, raising an incredible £11,229!
Do you have a couple of hours to spare this Saturday? Join ERW members at Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, Enfield Town, to raise awareness of our work with refugees, hand out leaflets and/or shake a bucket. All volunteers welcome and help appreciated.
ERW fundraisers will be there from 9am-5 pm.
Join Enfield Refugee Welcome for a nine-hour festival of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Day, and help raise money to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Enfield.
“I am so proud that Enfield has the first non-affiliated community group in the country to give the opportunity of a new life to a family of refugees. Although a poetry marathon seems an unlikely way to raise money, a similar event in Sheffield proved that poetry really can change lives.” (Poet Maggie Butt, Enfield poem-a-thon organizer).
The Enfield poem-a-thon features more than 60 sponsored poets, including nationally known names, local poets and children from Highfield Primary School.
It takes place on Sunday 1st October in the Dugdale Centre, Enfield town, running from 10am to 7pm, with poets reading for 8 minutes each. The event will be formally opened by the Deputy Mayor, and will have a cake stall, a tombola and a poetry book stall.
Our first sponsored family have arrived from the Turkish refugee camp where they have been living for the past two years. To respect their privacy we cannot give too many details, but are keen to keep you updated about the amazing things your support has enabled.
The family expressed their joy at arriving in London, and their thanks for the pre-arrival information sent by ERW - they had more info than other families attending the resettlement / cultural briefings who were going to other countries. They like their new home and slept well on their first night here. Mum was delighted with the Mother’s Union Welcome pack and the cooked meal awaiting them. The children loved the clothes hanging in the wardrobe for them.
The family are looking forward to learning English and the children immediately began practicing greetings, goodbyes and elementary phrases they had already learnt. The children are very much looking forward to going to school and were even a little disappointed to hear that they would have to wait until September. Their interests include football and swimming.
A very successful training session for our volunteer befrienders and interpreters. Many thanks to all involved.