The national Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme provides resettlement opportunities for those who cannot be supported effectively in their region of origin: women and children at risk, people in severe need of medical care and survivors of torture and violence amongst others.

When the government announced support for 20,000 Syrian refugee families in September 2015, Lambeth Council made a local commitment to house 20 families as part of a pilot resettlement scheme.

SHP is now working with the borough to provide a tailored support service to newly arrived refugees. The first two families arrived in Lambeth in early April 2016, with SHP providing a range of practical assistance, from help taking children to school to arranging hospital and GP visits, setting up bank accounts and accessing benefits.

We have continued to build on the success of our refugee resettlement work, extending into Lewisham in January 2017 and Waltham Forest in September 2017. These two boroughs have committed to settling 15 and 10 families respectively.

I have hope for the future. I want a home, to have a family, to finish my masters. I want to help other refugees.

Rashna fled Aleppo in 2014. After living in a refugee camp in Jordon for over three years, and spending her time volunteering to help others in her situation, she finally came to London. 

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