1FamilyCardiff: a Deanery and Benefice initiative
An update from the Rev’d Michael John, Llandaff Area Dean:
Last week a small group of 1familycardiff volunteers met with Tom Dodsworth, the resettlement coordinator for Cardiff and the Vale together with 2 other officials at the Council Offices to discuss the next steps in our 1familycardiff Syrian family resettlement project.
It was a great success and it seems we need to make only a few minor adjustments before resubmitting our documentation and plan.
Once this has been done, we will need to meet again with relevant stakeholders at the Council Offices before we send the bid to the Home Office who will hopefully move fairly quickly in identifying a family.
Jonathan Cox seems to think that the next meeting with the Council will most likely take place in the early Autumn, so I guess we may well be looking at greeting our family by the end of this year.
I know it feels as though there has been a hiatus in the process but be assured people have been working hard over recent months and we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.
We will soon be moving into a new phase of this project and consequently there is lots to get done over the next few months especially for those who have been identified as ‘First Friends’.
The next piece of work to complete is to secure appropriate housing. Several people are assisting Nicola Walthorne (our housing coordinator) with this but may I ask you all to redouble your efforts in this area by asking anyone you know (especially landlords) if they might be interested in supporting this project? We are looking for a 3 bedroomed accessible house available for rent in the lower Ely or Canton Area ideally at Housing Benefit rate.
Finally, it’s important to keep up the profile of the 1familycardiff project across the Deanery and beyond, so we are continuing to hold events/fundraisers to this end:
Fr Colin has asked people to earmark the 21st September for an event in Fairwater (either line dancing or quiz night), and there will be an event in October/November in Pentyrch by a group of talented musical medics who call themselves ‘tinnitus’; date tba.
God Bless you all
Exciting times !
MichaelCardiff West & Llandaff Deanery Refugee Sponsorship Programme,working with Citizen’s UK to bring 1 Syrian family to Cardiff
CWLD refugee sponsorship programme working as “1FamilyCardiff” in conjunction with secular, faith and community groups, the Home Office, the Church in Wales and Citizens UK, to settle 1 Syrian refugee family in Cardiff.Facebook: 1FamilyCardiffTwitter: @1FamilyCardiffCitizens UK Registered charity number: 1107264working withAnglican Church in Wales: Deanery of Llandaff Registered Charity Number: 1142813Further information on this UK wide scheme is available from the UK Government’s Home Office website: