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Can you volunteer for us?

We are looking for a small pool of people to visit our Syrian family and help them settle in to the local area.

Being a Befriender is a formal relationship and rather different from regular ‘friendship’. It requires patience, commitment and understanding, and the willingness to abide by carefully agreed guidelines and boundaries. It is one of the most important roles within the community sponsorship process, and as such offers a special opportunity to make an enormous difference to the life of a recently resettled family.

You would need to be warm and friendly, good with children and to have a good knowledge of the Penryn and Falmouth area. Practical and domestic skills would also be useful and a car available to transport the family to appointments would be an advantage though not essential.
Anyone able to speak Arabic would be extra valuable, especially in the first few months.

It will involve:

  • Being available for at least 2-3 hours a week on a regular basis.
  • Attending at least three 2 hour training sessions.
  • Being DBS checked.

All befrienders will be fully trained and supported throughout by Welcome.

For more information & details of training contact us.

We also need someone to help put together a “familiarisation” pack, so that a family will have all the relevant information about Falmouth and Penryn to find out all they will need to know upon arrival.  Please email us if you’d be interested in helping with this.

Crowdfunder success

We did it – we exceeded our target and raised a whopping £6,756 with 176 supporters in 55 days.  This means we are now in a position to welcome a refugee family and we hope to have found a suitable home very soon.  We’ve been so heartened by the support from Falmouth, Penryn and beyond and the funding we have now received will enable us to move forwards with bringing a refugee family to Falmouth and Penryn.

Some of the donations have come from those who are already members of Falmouth & Penryn Welcomes Refugee Families, including some who are very involved in the group.

Thank you for your time and energy as well as for the money you have given.
if you’re interested in donating regularly to help support a family please visit our website.

Falmouth and Penryn community group offered house for refugee family

The Falmouth Packet reported about our Syrian Feast Event on Saturday, 27 April 2019.

We launched our Crowdfunder Film on Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Please donate to our Crowdfunder here-Thank You!

Syrian refugee family Falmouth home proposed by resettlement group

Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.”

This marks 20 years of Refugee Week and runs from 18 June to 24 June.

There are several local events planned, and the public launch of Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugees will be at Source FMs Parklive event on Sunday 24 June with a stall in Kimberley Park, Falmouth.

Please do come and visit us, to find out more about the project and how you can get involved.

You can find out more about Refugee Week here.

Refugee Week Film Night and Discussion

Wednesday 20 June 2018 at The Poly, Falmouth.

Join us for our film night screening of Eyes of Exodus: Four days during the Syrian migrant crisis on the most remote island in Greece reveals an intimate and complicated relationship between refugees and locals, fear and hope, and the healing versus destructive force change bears on love at a personal and national level. Local man, Paul Haines will talk about his experience working with refugees in this context.


We will also show a couple of other film shorts picked by the organisers of Refugee Week, and will then be hosting a discussion panel to discuss what we can do here in Cornwall.”

For more information and booking details see here.