Local Group Mapping

 

List of Local Groups

Local communities across Devon have become increasingly aware of the refugee crisis, and as a result have come together to respond positively. A number of local support groups have begun to pop up, the majority of which collect clothes, nappies, blankets, and food, in order to donate them locally to families recently resettled in the UK.

These groups help to make new families feel part of the community they have arrived in, and are a crucial support line for many. Please take a look at the list of current groups active in Devon (as you can see we have many!) and the wider regions to see if you are able to contribute anything towards their cause.

 

 

  • Refugee Aid #RAFT: Taunton.
    • A hardworking local group that is happy to collect any donations from the public in order to be sent to local and international refugee families. They collect items dependent on the time of year (medicine and warm clothes for winter), and are open to receive donations four days a week.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeAidFromTaunton/
    • Email Address: refugeeaidfromtaunton@gmail.com
    • Location: Auction House, Canal Road, Taunton, TA11PN.
    • Opening Hours: Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    • Telephone: 07545895768

 

  • Beyond Border Totnes (BBT):
    • A non-profit community project, based in Totnes, that brings local people and asylum seekers under the umbrella of well-being to establish a cultural dialogue and to help refugees and asylum seekers to build emotional resilience and overcome social isolation. They collaboratively work alongside other organisations, such as the British Red Cross and RSD.
    • BBT arrange UK workshops with events that show the reality of situations and challenges particular groups will face on arrival, in contrast to those groups who are particularly raising awareness of conditions across the border. They also raise and collect items to ship across borders for when refugee/ asylum seekers arrive. These include blankets, food, camping equipment and so on.
    • Website: http://beyondborderstotnes.org.uk/
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBordersTotnes
    • Email Address: info@beyondborderstotnes.org.uk

 

 

  • Newton Crisis Aid:
    • A Facebook community group for the Newton Abbot area providing aid and support to people in crisis wherever they are. The group works hard to support asylum seekers and refugees, and involves their local community in donations and fundraisers.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Newton-Crisis-Aid-1110455632320562/

 


  • Refugee Solidarity East Devon:
    • A Facebook community group for the East Devon area used to provide up-to-date information and discussion on the refugee crisis. They work alongside Ottery Refugee Response Group, Refugee Aid (Taunton) and Totnes & Exeter Refugee Solidarity, through which they make donations of clothes, food, and other vital items.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/552544174910429/

 

 

  • Refugee Solidarity Devon & Cornwall:

 

  • Totnes and Exeter Refugee Solidarity:
    • Originally set up to aid the refugees of Calais in 2015, this is a community Facebook group that now has a broader focus on sharing relevant information, signposting others, and receiving donations of money and goods for refugees from the general public.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/539673722850260/

 

  • Ashburton Refugee Support Network:

 

  • Refugee Family Support: Paignton.
    • A community organisation based in Paignton which aims to collect slings and carriers for the children of refugees arriving in the Greek islands and beyond. They also collect other forms of aid and accept donations.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/refugeefamilysupport/timeline

 

 

  • Plymouth Open Hearts Open Borders:
    • Run solely by volunteers, Open Hearts Open Borders raises funds both locally and internationally, runs awareness events, supports integration of refugees, and develops community projects.
    • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/openheartsopenborders/?fref=ts
    • Telephone: Faraday Fearnside (Tel: 07912294122).

 

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of groups and organisations. Please research in your local area too if not already mentioned above!

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