Welcoming refugees during Covid-19

By 24th March 2020 April 23rd, 2020 Updates

Many refugees and asylum seekers in the UK have small local networks and may be feeling more isolated and afraid during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are committed to equipping your church to continue to serve refugees and asylum seekers during this time.

Below are the resources we have designed specifically for use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use freely and share widely.

This page will be updated regularly with new material. If you have trouble accessing these resources please email info@welcomechurches.org.

Over the next few months, we are delivering free, online training sessions to equip your church as you serve refugees through the coronavirus pandemic. These sessions are available to all church members who are in contact with refugees and asylum seekers, helping you to think through some of the key issues facing us at this time.

Click here to sign up today. The Welcome Churches team will be in touch with the details of the call.

All our training will be conducted via Zoom video link.

Monday 18th May: Communicating across cultures during Coronavirus

When contact is distant, communicating cross-culturally can become even more difficult than it is face-to-face! In this webinar, we will look at what the key things are to look out for in order to make sure that refugees you know still know you are there for them.

Thursday 18th June: Covid-19 – what has changed for refugees and our church?

The last few months have completely changed our communities, our churches and our outreach; will life ever be the same again! In this session we will look at the challenges and opportunities that Covid-19 has given our refugee ministries. Make sure we can learn from the impact of Covid19 to serve and welcome more refugees in the future.

Wednesday 22nd July: Rebuilding your team after lockdown

As we look ahead to the rest of 2020 you will want to rebuild your team to serve and welcome more refugees again. Will you have the same team as before Coronavirus or will your team look completely different? How will you make sure your team is equipped again to welcome refugees to your community? Join us to look at these important issues to make sure that you can welcome more refugees to your community in the rest of 2020.

Farsi-speakers support call

We are holding a Zoom Video Call in Farsi on Thursday 9th April at 2pm. This is for Farsi-speaking church leaders, refugees and asylum seekers to encourage each other at this time. Please register your interest by clicking the link. We will then send you the details for the call beforehand.

https://forms.gle/xgqCzPNqzZa4sE5Z7

“Thinking of you” message

A short message you can send to refugees and asylum seekers you know, letting them know that your church is thinking of them during Covid-19.

Coronavirus connection cards

How to use:

  1. Fill in the blue box with your contact details (use the English card to know what information to put in each box)
  2. Post through the door of the refugees that you know or send as a picture message
  3. They then fill in their information in the yellow box and send a photo back to you

Available in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Bengali.

Nowruz greeting

A video to send to Persian speakers to let them know you are thinking of them during the Nowruz (Persian New Year) time.

Other helpful websites (not affiliated to Welcome Churches)

Doctors of the World: Latest NHS guidelines translated into 32 languages
https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/news/coronavirus-information/

Stay at home guidance in many languages
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Social distancing advice in many languages
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Right to Remain: changes to the UK asylum process during Covid-19
https://righttoremain.org.uk/changes-to-the-asylum-process-due-to-covid-19/

Refugee Council: Changes to Asylum & Resettlement policy and practice in response to Covid-19
https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/changes-to-home-office-asylum-resettlement-policy-and-practice-in-response-to-covid-19/

Last updated on 23rd April 2020

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