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Elmbridge CAN brings community together to discuss how we can help refugees

img_2717_sm_editMore than 60 local community members – from businesses, charities, schools and faith groups – joined council leaders and Elmbridge CAN volunteers to discuss how we can help resettle refugees in Elmbridge.

The event, Welcoming Refugees: Elmbridge CAN was held at the Civic Centre, in Esher, Surrey on 29 November.

It was an opportunity to hear about Elmbridge Borough Council’s commitment to resettling refugees and discuss the challenges we need to overcome.

Elmbridge CAN co-founder, Becky Hill, said:

“We are thrilled… with the many tangible offers of assistance – from befriending and helping with employability to fundraising and more. It’s evident that we have a wealth of fantastic individuals and organisations within our community who have the desire, resources and connections to make a real difference to refugees.”

We heard from inspiring speakers, including Ahmad al-Rashid, a Syrian refugee, teacher and activist who starred in the recent BBC2 documentary Exodus.img_2787_sm_edit

“Ahmad’s story was moving and positive and reminded me of what can be achieved,” commented one participant.

We also heard from Woking Borough Council’s Strategic Director, Sue Barham. Woking is leading the way in the South of England with its commitment to resettle 60 refugee families over 5 years. Sue provided an invaluable insight into the challenges and successes of resettling refugees.img_2775_sm_edit

To see this event in action, take a look at our photo gallery.