Welcoming refugees to Northern Ireland
The government in Northern Ireland has been working to welcome refugees from Syria as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, run by the UK Home Office.
Anyone who would like to offer their good wishes to the families arriving here can send welcome cards or posters to the address below.c/o Race Relations Coordinator
South Belfast Roundtable
83 University Street
Belfast BT7 1HP You can find out more about the operation of the scheme in Northern Ireland at the link below:
Vulnerable Syrian Refugee Consortium
Bryson Intercultural is the lead partner in the Vulnerable Syrian Refugee consortium which was established to support the Syrian refugees arriving here. Organisations who would like to offer a voluntary / ‘in kind’ community support service to the Syrian Refugees can do so via Bryson Intercultural’s website.
Making a cash donation
Many international organisations and charities are working in the UK, across Europe and in the countries refugees are fleeing from to provide aid and assistance. By making a cash donation, your money can help to get food, water, clothing, medical supplies and other essentials to those most in need.
In Northern Ireland, local charity EMBRACE is currently working to support the refugees arriving here. You can find out more about their work and how you can help at the link below.
There are other local charities you may want to support. Here's a list of humanitarian and relief agencies that are working to help refugees:
- Oxfam Refugee Crisis Appeal
- The British Red Cross Europe Refugees Crisis Appeal
- Save the Children Syria Appeal
- UNICEF Syria Appeal
- UNHCR’s Emergency Appeal
Find out more about giving money safely.
Donating food, clothes and other essentials
You can donate items to charity shops and some faith-based groups. The items you donate may not go directly to refugees but the money raised helps charities to support them.
You can also donate food to your local foodbank.
Local refugee and other charity or support organisations may have volunteering opportunities available.
Housing or sponsoring a refugee
The government is not asking anyone in Northern Ireland to come forward with offers of housing refugees in their homes at this stage.
However, if you are a registered landlord and are interested in making your rental property available for refugees, you’ll find information in the quarterly landlord newsletter from the Department for Communities about expressing your interest.
Find out more about landlord registration.
In July 2016, the Home Office announced a community sponsorship scheme for refugees in the UK. Potential sponsorship programmes for Northern Ireland are currently being looked at.
Further details on the community sponsorship scheme can be found below: