Afghan refugees

    Update

    • The welcome the Afghan families have received and the donations from communities across the UK has been staggering - thank you.
    • Many of the families now have many of the basics, and do not need continued donations of general goods.
    • Please consider making financial donations to organisations that will continue to support these families as they integrate into society.
    • If you'd still like to help you can monitor the social media pages of local charities/voluntary groups, who will request specific items as and when needed. Please ensure any items donated in response to a specific request are new or nearly new, clean, complete and in the same condition you would like to receive them.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to playing its part in providing safety and shelter for people fleeing the current crisis in Afghanistan.

    The borough has a proud history of welcoming refugees and others seeking sanctuary and has an established framework in place, which has seen over 20 refugee families from Syria successfully resettled in Cheshire West and Chester over the last five years. The Council will work with its partners through this established framework to provide the support that families fleeing Afghanistan may need.

    Many families have already been evacuated and are being accommodated in hotels in the UK by the Government; these are largely people and their families who have assisted UK troops in Afghanistan as interpreters or in other support roles, who are being resettled under the Afghan Locally Employed Staff Relocation scheme.

    The Government has also announced its intention to create a bespoke Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, to resettle up to 20,000 of the most vulnerable people wishing to leave the country, including women and girls. The full details of this scheme have not yet been announced.