Provincial press releases

Churches set up refugee help group


Churches in the Vale of Glamorgan are preparing to welcome refugees into their communities.

They are setting up a help group to support and advise refugees with accommodation and other needs, such as money, language, health and education.

Called the Aylan Group, after the Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach, the group is holding two public meetings next week at St Mary’s Church, Barry.

The Rector, Father Ben Andrews, said, “Having seen the horrific pictures in the news and following the events of the refugee crisis we felt that we should make a start to try and do something practical to help as the local churches  and the community. Several people have expressed interest and are prepared to help even if it is only in a small way and I would urge anyone else who wants to get involved to come to one of the meetings next week.”

One of the organizers, Canon Robin Morrison, added, “Religious leaders throughout the world are calling us to see this global problem as our problem too.  That is a moral vision of a shared, common humanity that has deep spiritual roots in our faith.  If you want to turn your loving concern and compassion into practical action, please help. Then we will write to the UK Government saying that we are ready to offer hospitality for a certain number of people (depending on offers of help).”

The first will take place on Wednesday, September 16, at 2pm and the second on Thursday at 7pm.