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Support for Afghan refugees

Published: 31 August 2021

Organisations to support

If you want to help Afghan refugees arriving in the UK, please make a donation to one of the international refugee organisations or Afghan associations in London. Some of these organisations are listed below:

British Red Cross

The UN Refugee Agency

Afghan Association Paiwand

Afghan Aid

Refugees at Home

International Rescue Committee

A donation is the most valuable help anyone can give. With your donations, these charities can buy food, medicine, clothes and equipment to support refugees.

Donating items

If you have clothes and other items to donate, please continue to take them to your local charity shop. Refugee charities such as Care4Calais are often inundated with items they don’t currently need, or that are in a bad condition.

Care4Calais have recently supported a collection for Afghan refugees in London with the help of Westminster Connects, but have now returned to their usual service for refugees at Calais.

Housing for refugees

The government has put in place an Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, which is resettling Locally Employed Staff (LES) who worked for the UK Armed Forces and Government in Afghanistan. The scheme requires local authorities to source privately rented accommodation, supported by a Home Office grant and administered by councils.

Like other councils across London, Westminster supports the aims of the relocations and assistance policy. If you are a landlord with a property in Westminster that could be suitable for re-housing an Afghan LES and their family, please contact our Housing Solutions Service at [email protected], marking the subject line ‘Afghan Resettlement Scheme’.