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/media/community-projects/library/braid-top-image-copy.jpgBRAID is a new project led by the congregation of Blackfriars, Oxford, with backing from Father Hudson’s Care to support a refugee family.

The congregation and community of the Priory of the Holy Spirit, also known as Blackfriars, are sponsoring a family under the Vulnerable Persons’ Refugee Resettlement Scheme. It is one of the first ten community-sponsored initiatives nationwide. Working with Government bodies, local companies and private donors, the community is providing practical, financial and emotional support for the family to welcome them to the UK. 

Congregants are helping by purchasing essential items for the family and raising money. The home is being provided by a local property company at a greatly reduced rent for two years, and a local linguist who is part of the Blackfriars’ congregation is volunteering as a translator. Another is helping set up a computer, which will be essential for communicating with home and accessing services locally. And more than a dozen members of the congregation are volunteering to assist the family in navigating the benefits system, accessing education for the children, learning English, finding employment or voluntary work, and engaging in activities in the community.


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