A newly-founded refugee-support group has approached Penarth Town Council asking for its backing in sponsoring the resettlement of a family of Syrian refugees in Penarth.
The group – called “Croeso Penarth” [ Welcome Penarth”] – says it’s “working with the Home Office and arranging housing and support for a minimum of 2 years”.
The actual number of people that the group is proposing to resettle in Penarth is not stated.
The group is now looking for a vacant house in Penarth which might be suitable to accommodate the refugees.
It says “We need a house, in Penarth, for housing benefit rates. It’s a big ask but we are confident that there is a landlord out there somewhere who can help us….are you that landlord? If you are or you think you may know someone who is….get in touch.”
The Croeso Penarth group says it is already liaising with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and has suggested it would be “extremely useful” to have the support of Penarth Town Council as this would show they “have the support of the local community”.
The organisation was founded in June and is not registered with the Charity Commission. It is, however, currently carrying out fundraising, gathering pledges of financial support and plans to make a formal application to the Home Office in November to resettle the refugees in Penarth.
On its Facebook page the group has been asked who is actually behind the project. The response given by one of its organisers – Rowena Shaw – stated that “there are a core group of people to move things along and this includes members from several churches as well as individuals and myself and Sarah Chick from ‘Penarth Supporting Refugees’.”
Similar schemes under similar names are also being simultanously launched elsewhere in Wales including the village of Narberth where it is called “Croeso Narberth”
The community sponsorship scheme was launched as part of the government’s commitment to resettle thousands of refugees in the UK and aims to enable “community groups” – including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses – to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK.
Penarth Town Council officers have asked the group to provide more information about its proposals.