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How you can help Syrian refugees during the ongoing crisis

If you live in Lincolnshire, find out how you can help Syrian refugees

Last week, the Prime Minister announced the UK will help 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

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You can donate clothes to charity shops in order to help.

We know a number of residents and organisations are keen to play their part, so we’ve put together a number of ways to do so.

If you’d like to discuss what you can do to help, please call the Red Cross’s dedicated phone line on 0800 107 8727.

Donations

Money or vouchers

The most effective way to help refugees is to donate money to organisations and charities. The donations are then used in a way that caters bests to the needs of the refugees. The Goverment currently recommends donating to:

Clothing

The British Red Cross, one of our volunteer organisations, has started an appeal to help Syrian refugees when they arrive in the UK, so if you would like to donate clothing, money or vouchers, please take these along to your high street shop. They are looking for clothing, including kids clothes, but not furniture or electrical goods.

Save the Children and Oxfam are also running Refugee Crisis Appeals.

Volunteering

A number of UK charities are working with refugees and asylum seekers and appreciate volunteers. To find out where to volunteer in Lincolnshire visit the National Council for Voluntary Organisations website.

Alternatively, contact the British Red Cross or Refugee Action to help those already in the UK.

Housing

There is presently no need for people to offer a spare room in their house for refugees, as there are organisations within the UK operating special housing projects for vulnerable people.

However, if you have a property that could be used to house those seeking refuge and asylum, please contact your local district council to speaking to their private sector housing officers. The District Councils are:

City of Lincoln Council:
Phone: 01522 881188
Email: customer.services@lincoln.gov.uk

North Kesteven District Council:
Phone: 01529 414155
Email: customer_services@n-kesteven.gov.uk

South Kesteven District Council:
Phone: 01476 406080

Boston Borough Council:
Phone: 01205 314560
Email: housing.dept@boston.gov.uk

South Holland District Council:
Phone: 01775 761161
Email: info@sholland.gov.uk

West Lindsey District Council:
Phone: 01427 676676
Email: strategic.housing@west-lindsey.gov.uk

East Lindsey District Council:
Phone: 01507 601111
Email: customerservices@e-lindsey.gov.uk 

Fostering

Fostering

Residents can apply to foster a child through our own fostering services. Being a foster carer is a highly rewarding experience and if you think that you may be interested in pursuing this then please do not hesitate to contact us. From there, we can guide you through the process.

Alternatively, contact Fosterline or Home for Good on more information on fostering a child in need.

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Last updated: 7 January 2016

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