Trained volunteers from a local church deliver a box filled with small gifts and local information to refugees who have recently arrived in their local area, making sure they feel welcome as they arrive. The volunteers then continue to welcome the family or individual over the next three months, helping them to access support available to them and linking them into the community.
Welcome Boxes is an excellent way for newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees to meet local people and find their way around the local area.
How does it work?
- Referrals can be made by organisations or individuals in contact with the refugee or asylum seeker. Refugees cannot refer themselves for a Welcome Box.
- Trained volunteers deliver a Welcome Box, filled with small gifts, to the homes of people who have recently arrived in the area.
Welcomers (our volunteers) visit their new Neighbours (refugees and asylum seekers) in their homes and introduce them to the local area. They provide information about local groups and services, and support refugees and asylum seekers to find a place to belong within community.
- Welcomers help refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into the local community, helping them to find a place to belong and call home. Welcomers can also signpost individuals to any support they need from other local services, should they require it. Normally, Welcomers work with their new Neighbour over a period of three months to help them to connect with local people and find their feet.
‘Before you, no one knocked on my door. Now I feel I have family’
Welcome Box Recipient