Refugee support group given £500,000

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REFUGEES in Havant, Fareham and Portsmouth will benefit from a cash grant awarded to the British Red Cross.

The BRC says there are more than 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the city.

Now it has been given £493,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to provide emergency support to refugees in Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Southampton.

The project will help them integrate socially and improve people’s attitudes towards refugees, while homeless refugees will be given vouchers for emergency provisions and food parcels.

The BRC’s refugee services manager Yangchhen Yeshi said: ‘This fund will help us continue our support to the most vulnerable group in our community.

‘Over the past few years many services supporting refugees and asylum seekers have been cut and the BRC now provides a large proportion of the orientation support given in the Portsmouth area.

‘We’re very grateful for support from the Big Lottery Fund.’