Groups have formed in Fishguard, Narberth and Cardigan to welcome families into their communities. Groups in Aberystwyth, Haverfordwest and Cardiff are starting on the journey.
Community Sponsorship is a new scheme announced by UK government in June 2016. See community sponsorship page
To be allowed to sponsor we need money as a deposit in our charity account, £9000 per family.If you can offer a returnable deposit or simply donate please get in touch.
Recent media articles about Croeso groups in Pembrokeshire
We have been getting quite a bit of attention from the media in the last couple of months.
Strangers in a Strange Land - BBC programme featured Croeso Abergwaun in Episode 2.
Wanted: One Syrian Family for small Welsh Village - Guardian article on Community Resettlement in Narberth.
BBC Wales also has an article -
Home Office Roadshow
In July 2017 two representatives from Croeso Hwlffordd attended a Roadshow put on by the Home Office in Aberystwyth - this provided really useful information and contacts. David Henderson, the Mayor of Brockville, Ontario, came with a group to talk about Canada’s long history of welcoming refugees - from the Vietnamese boat people in the 1970's, the Yugoslavs, and now Syrians. He said that welcoming refugees has become part of the identity of the people of Canada, and they are proud of that record. He spoke proudly of how those refugees had integrated and become part of Canadian Society. He listed examples of how many of them had become vital members of certain professions, benefitting directly their adopted country. He has been mayor for 11 years and said that this refugee work was what he was most proud of in his career.
Hannah Gregory, Deputy Director for Integration and Vulnerability in the Home Office, also spoke of her first visit to the Hiraeth Groups, in Fishguard. So far, although some applications from community groups needed some tweaking, and her department had helped with this, no group has yet been turned down. The Reverend Aled Edwards spoke very movingly about the Welsh nation and said that a nation as diverse and sophisticated as Wales can only see it as ‘dehumanising’ to deny a welcome to those in need. He said that although the word “Welsh’ - an English term - originally meant 'foreigner', the Welsh language word for 'Welsh' is 'Cymro', which translates as 'one of us'. Aberystwyth was the first town to take Syrian refugees, as a result of the efforts of a community group, so living up to the heritage of inclusiveness.
Throughout the winter and and during the autumn of 2016, fundraising and informative events have spread support and raised £thousa funds for the Croeso teams.
Alongside there has been a fantastic response to the worsening crisis in Syria with food and necessities collected at Clynfyw Countryside Centre, and going out via Cardiff in weekly truckloads. Two young Fishguard men drove a lorry of valuable home building, heating and plumbing materials to the Greek Isolands via Italy where they encountered dramatic adventures. Others going out to the camps have been supported through fundraisers and donations.
See our Events page for upcoming events.
Retreat weekends have been held regularly between October 2015 and June 2016. Since then smaller groups of refugees and asylum seekers have visited to help prepare for community settlement and for permanent workshops. Retreats are on hold at the moment, as community groups are concentrating on resettling the families who have come to live in their areas.
December 7th Hiraeth Hope has become registered with the national charity City of Sanctuary, as West Wales Based "Hiraeth Hope Community of Sanctuary".
November 21st 2015 We have 50% funded Zoe Clayton from Pembrokeshire to return to Kos for the 2nd time to help the hundreds of refugees, camped rough on the beaches and with little provision for the winter. We also sent out a suitcase full of new gloves, hats and socks