RESIDENTS are invited to learn more about Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme at an open event today (Tuesday).
The sponsorship scheme – which is raising funds to resettle a Syrian refugee family in the Uplyme area – is hosting a drop-in open event today until 6pm at the Town Mill Malthouse.
This will be followed at 6pm by the launch of its new website, including an introduction to the project and a short presentation of fundraising events.
Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, October 30), from 3pm to 6pm, Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme and the new Lyme Regis One Planet Working Group will host a joint drop-in session to highlight its work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10 – to reduce inequality by facilitating safe and responsible migration, implementing a planned and well-managed migration policy, as the resettlement of an agreed number of refugees is a key government response to the Syrian conflict.
The One Planet Working Group was set up to enable the Lyme Regis Town Council, community groups and interested individuals to fulfil the climate and environmental emergency declaration and work towards being carbon neutral by 2030.
It will be registering the Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme as its second project to pledge to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Members of the local community have been fundraising with the sponsorship scheme for over a year while researching the facilities and services currently available to create a resettlement plan which will be submitted to the county council early next year.
Once approved by the Home Office, the UNHCR will select a vulnerable refugee family from one of the countries neighbouring Syria. Once the chosen family arrives, UCS volunteers will welcome them and provide ongoing support to enable successful integration into local school and community life.
The next fundraising event will be a screening of local filmmaker Eric Harwood’s ‘A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China’ at the Marine Theatre on Wednesday, November 6. Tickets and full details are available at www.marinetheatre.com
This will be followed by an Arabian Nights theme dinner and auction of promises at Uplyme Village Hall, starting at 7pm on Saturday, November 30.
Star of screen and stage Oliver Ford Davies will act as auctioneer and the prizes include tea at the House of Commons with MPs; a stay in a holiday cabin; lessons in piano, guitar, tennis, gig rowing, German, drawing and the Alexander Technique; a dinner party for six; a fossil walk; a home extension/improvement plan and many more.
Together with an Arabian Nights themed dinner the evening offers a wealth of opportunities to meet, mingle and try something new.
Tickets costing £20 must be booked in advance from the Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138) or Uplyme Stores.