Our mission is to help the UK Government to both honour it’s current commitment to Syrian Refugees and to extend it’s ambition in order to successfully settle further Syrian refugees to the UK. Our goal is to help refugees to fully integrate into rural communities and connect with local activities by acting as a hub that coordinates the relevant local social, cultural, political, and economic bodies and institutions.
The Rural Refugee Network (RRN) was set up in September 2015 by a group of volunteers in the Hampshire and West Sussex area with the express aim of taking practical action to help the current Syrian Refugee crisis.
Recognising that the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons initiative doesn’t reach far enough, and is not accessing rural areas, RRN took the decision to create something to help address this. Our group is made up of 15 individuals from a cross section of life and includes senior level leaders from health and social car, business, education, construction, media and planning.
So far we have successfully settled 7 Syrian families in Hampshire.
We've completed over 30 english lessons to Syrian refugees, and this number continues to rise.
Last year we had an incredible 80 volunteers help raise money, organise, educate and resettle Syrian families.