Have A Stranger To Dinner For A Good Cause
Local woman appeals to Chiswick residents to consider inviting a young refugee home
Chiswick resident Judy Williams was concerned about the plight of the growing number of refugees fleeing from war zones to the UK and decided to do something about it. Helped by the charity Centrepoint, she invited a young refugee into her home to spend a day with her family and the visit was such a success that she is now asking other Chiswick residents to consider doing something similar.
Judy is calling on local families to think about inviting young refugees for a meal in order to give them the chance of spending time in a family home and at the same time, helping them to integrate into British society in the longer term.
Centrepoint is the charity which, together with local authorities round the country, is responsible for looking after many of the young people arriving in Britain.
Centrepoint help homeless young people. Image: Centrepoint
She told chiswickw4.com; "It was a very successful occasion for both sides and I thought that there may be other families that would like to embark on this informal arrangement."
Judy added: "I was interested in the idea of offering these young people an opportunity to meet British families. This would give them the chance to spend time in a British home, meet a family and have the occasional meal with them. I thought this would take them outside the refugee zone of their daily existence and at the same time help them integrate into British society in an informal and friendly way.
"He has been through great hardship all his young life, moving several times to escape war, but he was self-assured and optimistic, clearly making the most of his new life.
May 26, 2016