Mission Service

Refugee Response

Community Services

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How The Salvation Army is helping regugees
Supporting and resourcing local expressions of The Salvation Army to help people seeking sanctuary.

There has never been more people in history seeking sanctuary from war, persecution and conflict. Sometimes described as the ‘refugee crisis’, the global movement of significant numbers of people has increased in recent years due to conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

The Salvation Army, recognising the vulnerability of people forced to flee their homes — many of whom are children — has been focused on finding ways to ‘welcome the stranger’ with Jesus-centred compassion. Refugee Response, a team based within Community Services at territorial headquarters, aims to support and resource local responses to this global crisis.

Leaders, members and volunteers at corps and centres across the territory are working tirelessly to create communities that reflect the essence of welcome at the heart of the gospel. This includes community-led refugee resettlement programmes like Community Sponsorship and Homes for Ukraine, as well as practical support for asylum seekers housed in the neighbourhood.

As we have deepened this work, we have discovered that through welcome comes rich and deep transformation, both for those being welcomed and for those with the privilege of being the welcomer.

Meet the team

  • Ben Still, Refugee Response Manager
  • Anita Gellatly, Assistant Refugee Response Co-ordinator

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The Salvation Army's International Positional Statement on Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

A webinar exploring the ethical issues surrounding migration.

'Our Home' is the theme of Refugee Week 2024 (17-23 June). Find resources to mark this significant time, including Refugee Sunday (23 June).

A group of lessons exploring homelessness, refugees and trafficking.

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