Welwyn Hatfield volunteers pledge to help Syrian refugee family

PUBLISHED: 16:23 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:24 23 March 2017

A young girl carried by her mother in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

A young girl carried by her mother in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan


A team of more than 20 volunteers has been assembled to help members of a Syrian refugee family soon to arrive in Welwyn Garden City.

Vicky WoodcraftVicky Woodcraft

A meeting last night organised by the Herts Welcomes Syrian Families group was attended by more than 70 people from across the county, and many from Welwyn Hatfield volunteered to help a family due to arrive in May.

Vicky Woodcaft of Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City: said: “There are lots of people who want to help. At the moment there are 21 refugee families across the county. St Albans already has five. Most are from a refugee camp in Lebanon.

“These are people whose lives have been turned upside down through no fault of their own. They have been bombed out of their homes, and some have had family members killed.”

A family of five will be accommodated in a Welwyn Garden City house that is currently being adapted, as one of them has a disability.

The Refugee Council will manage their initial integration into the community, but the volunteers will provide further help, for example by managing collections of donated goods.

Although the house will have basic furnishings, the volunteers will try help the family by collecting children’s toys and gardening equipment.

Vicky, who helped organise the meeting in the Quaker Meeting House, Handside Lane, said: “The families want to grow their own food. It is also very important to them is to get their children back into education, and to resume their careers if they can.”

The location of the Welwyn Garden City house, provided by an undisclosed organisation, will not be published to protect the family, but Vicky knows it has a garden.

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