Uplyme will soon be welcoming Syrian family after fundraising success

UPLYME Community Sponsorship (UCS) is the local charity devoted to resettling a family from Syria in the local area.

After a year of successful fundraising events, they will be holding a public meeting at the Uplyme Village Hall on Friday, February 28 from 6pm to 8pm to update the community on the group’s progress so far, and to let people know what will happen next.

Thanks to the members of the public who have supported events and donated so generously, UCS has already raised more than £11,000, identified a suitable private house for the family to rent in Uplyme and submitted their application to the Home Office following approval by Dorset Council and East Devon District Council.

So, in a few months Uplyme will be welcoming the family from Syria.

All are welcome at the public meeting, whether they want to help with a one-off activity, make a more regular commitment or just want to stay informed about UCS’s progress.

UCS needs more willing volunteers to help with practical tasks both before and after the arrival of the family. For example, getting the house ready, accompanying family members to the shops, familiarising them with the area, helping with English conversation or providing transport.

Donations to furnish and equip the house will also be welcomed.

Many local people expressed an interest in some of these tasks at UCS’s earlier meetings and UCS would now like to take this a step further and organise a list of volunteers assigned to different tasks.

The periods before the family arrive and in the early months following their arrival will be the most intensive. However, UCS stress that they are not here to ‘look after’ the family but to enable and empower them to manage independently so the degree of support needed will gradually ease off.

Those who can’t get to the meeting but are interested in being involved in any way or who want more information can contact UCS at uplymecommunitysponsorship@gmail.com

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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