Concerned Dorset residents are spearheading an initiative to house refugees.
The idea came from a member of Wimborne Methodist church who was moved by the plight of Ukrainians fleeing their homeland.
Jennifer Jenkins came up with the plan of paying the rent on a flat for one year to give such a family a start here.
Then it was discovered that there is a hotel in Bournemouth full of refugees from Afghanistan – families whose breadwinner had risked all their lives by working for British troops.
The British government saved them from being murdered by flying them here but they are trapped in the town with little prospect of making new lives.
So the scheme was broadened to pay the rent on two properties – a flat for Ukrainians and a larger property for an Afghan family.
Jennifer said: “It has been heart-breaking following the unfolding of Ukraine’s tragedy in the media.
“I didn’t feel I could open my home but I really wanted to do something to help so I suggested renting a flat for a year.
“Then when I heard about the Afghan families crammed into a Bournemouth hotel, it seemed only right to extend the idea.”
International Care Network – a Dorset charity which has been settling refugees in the area for over 20 years – will support both families.
The initiative, called Peace Haven, is asking people to pledge £10 (or a multiple thereof) a month for a year. About a third of the money has already been promised.
St Michael’s Church in Colehill has taken the venture under its wing, which gives Peace Haven immediate accountability and transparency.
If you are interested or require further information please email Sharen Green at email@example.com.
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