St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS) recently joined up with HWSF to host a tea for Syrian refugee families who have been resettled in Hertfordshire.
“We wanted to learn about each other’s cultures, and what better way to start than in the kitchen?” said Helen Singer, a synagogue member, who coordinated the event as part of a multi-faith day of social action.
She went on to explain: “The synagogue kitchen was a hive of activity; three Syrian ladies preparing Syrian pancakes and savoury filo pastry rolls, and three SAMS ladies making cheese scones, chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake. Then the family tea was laid out in the synagogue main hall, together with activities for young people upstairs.”
Fourteen Syrian families from the area came to the tea. SAMS’ young people joined in playing chess, table tennis and table football with the Syrian teenagers whilst younger children participated in art activities.
Irene Austin from Herts Welcomes Syrian Families reported, ‘'It was a fantastic event. Shared cooking is wonderful, and the families really enjoyed talking to other people and hearing about their backgrounds. This sort of event is certainly the way forward.”
Herts Welcomes Syrian Families (HWSF)
Hertfordshire ESOL Volunteer Coordinator
£27,000 per year pro rata (one year post)
Are you innovative, creative and enjoy a challenge?
In partnership with the CDA Hertfordshire, Herts Welcomes Syrian Families (HWSF) are looking for a part time ESOL Volunteer Coordinator for Hertfordshire.
The post will be for 9 hours a week but with flexible hours and working from home.
This is the first time a post such as this has been created in Hertfordshire. Your main duties will be to create a supportive network for ESOL / Language Support Volunteers in areas where Syrian Refugees have settled in order to support the improvement of their language skills and integration.
Interested? To find out more you can call Irene Austin Chair HWSF on 07463 486048 for an informal chat or email email@example.com for a full job description and application form.
Closing date is 05 January 2018
The artist Ai Weiwei has directed a film about the refugee crisis and its personal impact over the course of a year, across twenty-three countries. The film, which has been praised in particular for its depiction of the Syrian crisis, is showing on Monday at 7 pm at Campus West Cinema Welwyn Garden City, Vue Cinemas Watford and Odeon Hatfield.
We are selling packs of 10 cards with envelopes for £5 to help raise much-needed funds for Herts Welcomes Syrian Families. The two images feature Syrian patterns and can be used as Christmas or greetings cards. We are very grateful to Enas, who came to Hertfordshire earlier this year, for her beautiful designs.
If you would like to purchase cards please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and we will put you in touch with a member in your area to arrange this.
If you would like to order 5 or more packs (50+ cards) we will add these to our print order. Please order by 13th November and we will make sure you have them by the end of November.
This news is a bit late making it onto the website, but we’ve been remembering a happy summer day out now that the weather has turned chilly.
On the last Bank Holiday weekend in August, HWSF organised and sponsored a trip to Paradise Park in Broxbourne for a group of Syrian and Kurdish children along with their families. It was the first time that many of the children had been on a train, and they enjoyed the trip as well as the minibus ride to the park. Following a picnic lunch, the children played on the swings and raced about in their swimsuits in the lagoon. Adults and children were entranced by the entertainer and his balloon animals, as well as by the wide variety of exotic animals in the wildlife park.
A family of HWSF supporters took the children for a ride on the woodland railway, and as the train moved off, the children’s excitement was visible on their faces.
One HWSF volunteer described how delightful it was to watch these families finally getting a chance to relax and enjoy themselves after they’d spent years in a war zone. She explained that while volunteers may come home exhausted, they would surely find it as rewarding as she did.
We need a bike for a newly arrived boy who has a 40 minute walk to school. If you have a bike in reasonable condition that would fit an 11-year-old boy, could you please e-mail email@example.com ?
HWSF has hosted three 'Welcome Meals' for seven newly arrived Syrian families over the past few months. The most recent meal was attended by the Refugee Council, volunteers, interpreters, and Syrians living in Hertfordshire, who joined together to welcome the newest arrivals, offering home-cooked food and friendship. It was quite emotional as relatives were reunited and new bonds were formed.
One Syrian woman, now settled in Hertfordshire, described how concerned she had been about arriving in a new place full of new people. However, receiving such a warm reception at her own Welcome Meal set her mind at ease. She said she would never forget the smiles she saw on that day.
Here are some pictures from a few of our Welcome Meals, featuring Syrian dishes:
Stuffed olive leaves and kubbah.
Kabsa with chicken and Syrian salad
We wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who so generously contributed to our recent appeal for donations! We had hoped to send out individual thank yous to all who donated, but as we didn't have access to everyone's contact information, we wanted to let you know just how much it helps, and how greatly it is appreciated, right here. Thank you!
We will be chronicling some of the ways the donations are used, so stay tuned.
We also wanted to say how thankful we are to all of the new and future volunteers who've reached out to us over the previous month. We've had a recent spate of inquiries from people interested in volunteering, and look forward to working with all of you!
Unicef UK is asking Amber Rudd to fix the law that keeps refugee families apart. At the moment, grandmothers and brothers are not recognised as family under UK refugee law. To learn more or sign the petition, follow the link: tinyurl.com/ydgwmhsf