Plymouth City Council will be working together with a consortium of local agencies to support Syrian refugees settling into the community.
The consortium, led by Path (Plymouth Access To Housing) will deliver help and assistance to Syrian refugee families that have recently arrived in the UK as part of a Government scheme to resettle displaced vulnerable people from refugee camps in the Middle East.
In September 2015, the Government announced that the UK would provide sanctuary to 20,000 Syrian Refugees over the next five years. Under the Government funded scheme, Plymouth City Council has committed to taking 150 Syrian Refugees over the next 3 years.
Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “Plymouth is a diverse and welcoming city and has a proud history of providing a safe haven for those escaping war and natural disaster, and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to help with this humanitarian crisis.
“The service will focus on helping refugees to ensure they have the best chance of integrating into local communities, feel safe, settled and have opportunities to make a positive contribution. The new service will work with the residents, community and faith groups as well as local services.”
“We are pleased to be able to announce the contract with Path who we already have a very good working relationship with for a number of other services to support homeless and vulnerable people in Plymouth.”
Mike Taylor, Director of Path said: “For Path, this is great news. We are really committed to and passionate about supporting refugees and the primary focus of this service is helping Syrians, accepted by the British government, who are coming to Plymouth. This service will mean a range of support being joined up and better coordinated, as we are working with other services which also support refugees. It really is a partnership, Path working with a language school (ODILS), the local Race Equality Council (PDREC) and START (Students And Refugees Together) to provide this new service.
“We are really lucky to have such great partners and colleagues, all committed to helping refugees integrate into Plymouth after having endured so much and travelled so far to be somewhere safe. We look forward to working together and with Plymouth City Council and others to provide RIS from 1 June and will start setting things up right away.”
More information on Plymouth’s work with refugees is at http://web.plymouth.gov.uk/refugees