AN ABERYSTWYTH refugee support group is already well on its way to raising the £9,000 needed to bring a Syrian family to Aberystwyth.
It was reported in the Cambrian News earlier this month that Aberaid, the local group set up to raise awareness and support for Syrian refugees, held an Action Day where plans were discussed to move forward with the Community Sponsorship Programme.
This is a UK government initiative which enables groups to raise funds and organise to be able to bring a family or group of Syrian refugees into their community.
And now, after officially announcing the launch of its fundraising campaign within days of the meeting, Aberaid has already raised £1,000 of its £20,000 target through a crowdfunding website.
But the group, which has started working with local organisations to facilitate more refugee families, said it only needed to raise £9,000 to bring one family to Aberystwyth.
“We are now officially starting the fund-raising campaign to bring another Syrian refugee family, or more, to our beautiful area next year,” said Lindsey Gaunt, of Aberaid.
“We are coming together as a community to say ‘we can do this’, and we need your support.
“We are raising funds to help Syrian refugees to settle in the Aberystwyth area, in co-operation with Hiraeth Hope and Citizens Cymru Wales.
“We are working with relevant local organisations such as schools, colleges, health providers, churches, mosques and private landlords to provide these refugees with the support they need to integrate successfully and happily into our community.
“In order to gain Home Office approval we need to raise £9,000 to bring a family with children to safety and comfort in our caring community in Wales.”
To help Aberaid bring more Syrian refugees to Aberystwyth, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aberaid.