Cardigan residents’ bid to re-house Syrian refugees

Communities across Wales desperate to help displaced Syrian refugees are raising money to fund the resettlement of families themselves. One group in Cardigan, Ceredigion, has raised £12,000 as part of its application to the Home Office’s community sponsorship scheme.

The money will be used to help the families set up home and find work. Vicky Moller, who started the group, said residents were so keen to help they took matters into their own hands.

All councils in Wales have now resettled Syrian families with more than 400 people taken in under the UK government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Across the UK, more than 5,400 people have been resettled. There are about 13 community groups already sponsoring or looking to sponsor families across Wales, including ones in Fishguard and Narberth in neighbouring Pembrokeshire. They are in contact with their local authorities but are totally independent and self-funded.

Ms Moller said the Cardigan group were looking to buy a house to help with refugees’ accommodation needs with the hope of welcoming their first families in the autumn. She said: “Through groups of neighbours, communities are making a plan to integrate people, raising money, finding homes, welcoming them at the airport. “There’s a huge longing by people in the area I live in to do this. People are very, very keen to help” she concluded.