Housing Syrian refugees

Housing Syrian refugees

Elmbridge Borough Council has pledged to resettle between 5 and 15 Syrian refugee families over the next five years under the Syrian Vulnerable People Relocation Scheme (SVPRS) run by the UK Government.

We will secure accommodation as well as provide caseworker support for refugee families for at least 12 months after their arrival. The Home Office will provide funding to help us resettle the families who will be granted 5-year Humanitarian Protection visas.

If you would like to help, please see below for further information.

Property to let

We are looking for properties in the private rented sector that would not otherwise have been let to a family in need in Elmbridge. This is so that existing housing and homelessness pressures are not affected.  

If you own a property that you would like to let to a Syrian family, please make sure that it meets the following criteria before getting in touch:

  • a self-contained dwelling
  •  in a reasonable condition
  •  available for at least 12 months
  •  available within the next 4-5 years
  •  ideally near transport links or within walking distance of main services or shops
  •  located within Elmbridge

If you feel you may have a suitable property, please email us or telephone 01372 474268, providing the following details:

  • when the property will be available
  • how long the property will be available for
  • the number of bedrooms in the property
  • the location of the property  
  • what, if any, rent you are expecting to receive  
  • your contact details

Landlords who are considering letting their properties under this scheme can download our information sheet.

Room(s) to let

The UK Government is not asking people to come forward with offers of a spare bedroom, however, you can still register your interest with us in case this is something that is considered in the future. Please email us with the following details:

  • the location of the property
  • how many spare rooms you may offer  
  • how many other people live in the property  
  • your contact details

There are several organisations in the UK that run hosting projects to help vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. Please email us for details of these organisations.

Donate cash or items

The Government has said the best way to help refugees is to donate cash to humanitarian organisations or charities that are already working with refugees. Please see the Government’s website for the main charities accepting donations.

If you would like to donate items, such as clothes, bedding or furniture, there are local initiatives, led by local residents and faith groups, that are arranging collections.  To find out more contact Elmbridge CAN, a community group set up by local residents to help welcome refugees into the borough.

You can also donate items to shops run by charities where the money raised through selling the items will help support refugees.

Foster a child

Surrey County Council is recruiting foster carers, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children. You can find out more from Surrey County Council's Fostering Service.

Volunteer to help

For volunteering opportunities with charities and organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, please visit the Government’s website.

In addition to Elmbridge CAN, Refugee Action Kingston is a local charity providing advice and support for refugees and asylum seekers in Kingston and the surrounding area.

Find out more

Please see the Government’s website for further information or contact the British Red Cross which runs a dedicated phone line (0800 107 8727) that answers questions on how you can support refugees.

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