Project information

Provision of reunion services for UK refugees

Family units can become fragmented as people flee persecution. This project helps support UK refugees with the costs of bringing their families to the UK so they can live together in safety.

Ongoing on a case by case basis

Charity information: Refugee Welcome Trust

Refugee Welcome Trust logo
  • Need

    Need

    Refugees are often separated from partners and children whilst seeking asylum. Although they are legally entitled to have their family come to the UK the process can be demanding and expensive. Many are forced to give up on their dream of living with their family again as they are not able to finance the legal and travel costs. People struggle to move on with their lives and recover from persecution with their family situation unresolved. Many live for years without hope of a solution.

    Solution

    Our project offers refugees in the UK help with making arrangements for their family's travel to the UK. We pay legal bills as well as travel costs. We aim to help each client complete the process and make decisions about their family's future without worrying about how to pay for it. We work with not for profit travel agencies and other organisations to arrange specialist travel and support families on the journey. Once reunited the families stand a better chance of rebuilding their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide financial support for refugees seeking family reunion.


    Activities

    » Fundraising to provide fundraising to pay for travel and legal costs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be being able to meet the financial needs of our clients as and when they need it.


    Aim 2

    To provide a complete and un-judgemental service through the family reunion process.


    Activities

    » Working closely with referral charities and the client to provide a client led service.

    What success will look like

    Success will be our clients being satisfied with the process and feeling they can plan for their reunion without worrying about funding.


    Aim 3

    To see refugees dependant's arrive safely in the UK to reunite the family unit.


    Activities

    » Working with the appropriate travel agencies and support organisations to provide a complete service to our clients.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the family arriving at the home of the refugee.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will have a significant long term impact on our clients and their families allowing them to rebuild their lives following persecution and bring up their children in a safe environment.

    To the wider community the project will see fewer people living isolated and dependant lives. Family reunion is shown to help refugees resettle successfully and access education and employment making a contribution to their community.

    Risk

    There is some risk in the funding of legal costs as not all applications and appeals will be successful. To mitigate this risk we encourage our clients to get good legal advice and make the right decision for their family.

    Reporting

    Donors can be kept up to date through our website and social media feeds.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,115

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £2,975 Flights and Transport Travel costs for one family
      £500 Unaccompanied minor support For one family
      £2,520 Legal costs For one family
      £1,120 Extra costs Visas, vaccinations, postage etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fundraising and private donations £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in the North West but take referrals from all over the UK.

    Beneficiaries

    Our main beneficiaries are the individual family members but further benefit is received by their extended family and the communities they join through improved ability to integrate.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in the UK that is solely set up with the aim of carrying out this work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Trustees

    Managing the cases and fundraising

£550

Will pay for a flight from central Africa

...had no friends or contacts who she could ask for the money to pay for the children’s flights

Representative from a referral charity