A group of students from the University of Hertfordshire recently organised a charity fundraiser to support HWSF. Selling everything from donated clothes to glassware, they managed to raise £165 to help our charity continue assisting refugee families in Hertfordshire.
John Ochieng and a team of students planned this event as part of their degree in Marketing. The one-day sale was a great success, and we hope that it will inspire and encourage more students and well-wishers to undertake similar fundraising activities for HWSF.
We wanted to thank these students, as well as all of our members and supporters for the help and contributions that you've given to us over the past year! We hope that you all have a very happy holiday and New Year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description and application form.
Closing date is 05 January 2018