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The button at left takes you to our Localgiving.org page, where you will optionally be able to specify Gift Aid which adds 25% to the value of your donation.

 

If you want to pay by cheque, direct debit, or standing order, please contact treasurer@rwmk.org.uk who can also supply you with a Gift Aid declaration form – even for past payments!

 


To undertake your own charitable collection on behalf of Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes, please contact treasurer@rwmk.org.uk for advice and a small ‘collection kit’.

 

Below we describe our primary donations and furnishing concept for 2017 called ‘Just One House‘, and further on we remind you that we always welcome book purchases.

JUST ONE HOUSE – The way forward for getting homes ready

To scale up our work furnishing homes for families to move into, we are now work with faith groups, businesses, schools, clubs or other organisations who can commit to getting involved with kitting out ‘Just One House’.  As of May 2017 we have six groups committed already, i.e. taking responsibility for six houses.  We will be looking for more to get going later in the year or during 2018.

Each group can build up a level of commitment that suits them.  The basic level of involvement simply entails raising the money for kitting out a house with new items – £3,500.  You can then hand the funds to us and our experienced team will do the rest. Alternatively, a group could procure all of the items needed (and we will supply the list) by asking their friends, colleagues and families to donate their unwanted items – they’ll need to raise a small amount of cash too, as some items will be required new.  And they need to find somewhere to store all the items and keep them safely until they are required. We would provide guidance and oversee the process. If the group is really keen, it could also commit to getting the house ready.

So, could you encourage your workmates, or your local mosque, church, synagogue, scouts group or choir (for example) to get together all that’s needed for ‘Just One House’?  Can you find a leader, get yourselves organised, raise some money and find a store?  If so then please contact us by sending an email directly to furnishings@rwmk.org.uk

BOOKS

We have a large number of bilingual Arabic/English books on our Amazon Wish List, and this has been a wonderful and popular resource for the children in the recently-arrived families.  Please visit that list (or click here) and see if you can help out – the delivery address is specified during the ordering process.  Many thanks for your continued support.

OTHER ITEMS

The British Red Cross is looking for the following small items to help support refugees and asylum seekers who may not necessarily be part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme, but are nevertheless in need of the items below. If you can help provide any of these, please contact tvrefugeesupport@redcross.org.uk    Here is the latest updated information:

Please email tvrefugeesupport@redcross.org.uk if you can provide any of the above items.  Thanks!

Where the money goes

Since we started fund-raising in August 2016, we have collected more than £10,000 from you, our generous donors. The refugee families, and all of us at Refugees Welcome MK (RWMK), thank you for donations that are already helping to change lives.

We have five main areas of expenditure. These are listed below, along with the percentage of donation monies committed:

55% – Resettlement (including gifts of items for houses, etc)
10% – Integration (activities to help establish new life)
21% – Grants (for families to become more independent)
10% – Costs (incl. legal, admin, IT, comms, meeting sundries etc)
4% – Education (including “Outreach” Public Relations resources).

Our broad aim is to keep the combination of Resettlement and Integration expenditure above 70%, because these two areas have the most immediate and profound impact on the new families. We also aim to keep our administration costs to 10% or less. RWMK Trustees have oversight of expenditure via detailed monthly reports from the Treasurer. Full financial details will be available when we publish our Annual Report in the coming months.

Read more about the UK government money allocation for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme