The Justice and Peace Refugee Project continues to welcome more than 500 people who use our services every month, with new clients registering each week from many places in the world. In the last month, we have registered 39 new clients, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Eritrea and Sudan. Your continued donations of food, toiletries and finance continue to be extremely welcome. We also continue to source fresh produce from local supermarkets, which is gratefully received by clients.

In addition to providing clients with food, toiletries, clothing and household items and English lessons, staff and volunteers signpost clients to other useful services. We receive visits to the project from some of these services, so that clients can access the advice that they need. We are pleased that two new services will be available to our clients shortly. A representative from Schools Admissions will be visiting the project to give advice to clients on schools’ admissions, which can be a difficult area to navigate even for those who are familiar with the school system. Also, a Breast Screening Service promotion officer will be visiting the project to offer advice on how to access breast screening in the area.

We are grateful for the support of local schools and continue to further develop links with these. Volunteers at the project have developed and will be showing two PowerPoint presentations to our volunteers in May to explain the work that we are doing in this area.

The project relies on the generous time given by our volunteers who fulfil a range of roles (there are now over 50!). We are always keen to hear from new people who might like to get involved in volunteering and making a difference to the lives of the clients who visit us. It is important for us to keep our numbers up, as volunteers have holidays, get ill or sometimes have other commitments.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Project Co-ordinator.

Recently, a client who has been supported by the project for the last 2 years came in to the project on the festival of Eid-al-Fitr (the ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’, one of the biggest celebrations in the Islamic calendar). The client made sweets at home and brought them in for our volunteers, expressing his gratitude and thankfulness for the support received.

As you may be aware, there are two Bank Holidays in May, on Monday 6 and Monday 27 May, so the project will not be open on these Mondays for deliveries. However, we will be available to receive deliveries on Fridays during these weeks should you wish to bring donations in.

We continue to rely on the generosity of individuals and parishes for donations for which we are incredibly grateful. Items most urgently needed can be found here.

We are thankful for and continue to rely on your generous financial support for our work. Details of our bank account (DHN Justice & Peace Refugee Project) can be found on our webpage. Please consider Gift-Aiding your donation, if possible, it makes a big difference. You can donate online (simply select the Gift Aid option when completing the online form) or download and submit a Gift-Aid Declaration form for a single or multiple donation. Visit our Donate and Gift Aid page now.

For more details about our work and how you can assist, please contact our Project Co-ordinator by email: jp.refugeeproject@diocesehn.org.uk or visit our webpage.

Our task must be to free ourselves – by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty

Albert Einstein