A collection of links from FPCT Messages:
Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard has pledged Cornwall’s support for the refugees fleeing the Sryian civil war and says that the authority has been drawing up plans to ensure it is ready to offer help when the Government provides details on how and where refuges will be resettled.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the full Council Mr Pollard said it was vital that Cornwall provided the succour and support that those who are fleeing oppression and seeking freedom need.
read more including:
How will the arrangements for settling Syrian refugees operate and be funded?
What will the status of the new arrivals be?
Is there a scheme already in operation?
What is the current system for supporting asylum seekers and what is local government’s involvement in it?
How can residents wishing to offer support help?
Creation Fest have launched a three-part project ‘pray – help – donate’ to support refugees in Europe. Go to www.creationfest.org.uk/refugee.asp for details. The ‘Help’ secition involves the collection of basic hygiene packs.
Lesley Chandler is willing to take responsibility for collecting packs from churches and delivering them to Launceston between now and 27th October.
The packs will need to have in them:
Shower gel – Shampoo – Razor – Shaving gel – Toothbrush -Toothpaste, Tissues, Towel & Beanie(optional) or for ladies, minus razor and shaving gel but plus sanitary ware.
More details on the web site.
Migrants and refugees call to us. The Gospel’s response is mercy.
On Sunday 6 September, Pope Francis said:
“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger… the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned……
May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe take in one family”.
People from all over the country are responding with compassion and generosity to the images of desperate people seeking safety in Europe. What a wonderful moment of grace this presents to change public conversation about migrants and refugees from hostility and blame to a vision of a more generous and welcoming society!
Many within Churches Together Groups are concerned but don’t know what to do, regarding action to support and be of assistance towards the present refugee crisis – and are therefore looking for some sort of guidance.
I hope the attached document will be of help – the data is all relevant. The Calais crisis seems to be inundated with clothes, food, tents, that those working in the Calais Camp situation have requested no more at this time. I hope you find the content helpful – Kind regards – David
Truro Diocese have created a page on their website drawing together useful links and contacts including a comprehensive resource from All Saints Church, Highertown on what is being done locally and national and international organisations. To read more go to: http://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/mission/refugee-crisis/
All Saints Church in Highertown, which has already been to Calais in August, has announced that they will be making a second trip in November. For more information on how you can help and what is needed go to http://www.asht.org.uk/refugee-crisis.html.
DROP OFF DAY IN FALMOUTH for donations to All Saints Highertown’s collection:
PRINCESS PAVILIONS, Sunday 27th Sept 9am-6pm.
ONLY ITEMS ON THE LIST ON THE WEBSITE OR BAGGED TOILETRIES PLEASE.