Diocese of Southwark encourages Lewisham council to help resettle refugees

South London Press Lewisham SouthwarkRepresentatives from organisations – including churches, mosques, schools, and the Lewisham Citizens community group – marched through Lewisham to the Catford town hall in support of Refugee Week. The South London Press report:

The aim was to highlight the issues faced by refugees and to encourage Lewisham council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees.

The Diocese of Southwark has made one of its properties available to house a Syrian refugee family. The Venerable Alastair Cutting handed the key to Lewisham Councillor Kevin Bonavia last week as part of the welcome from the Diocese and other faith communities in the area. The Archdeacon said:

“This key represents an unlocking of opportunities, to open a door to hope and way forward for Lewisham’s response to refugees.”

Councillor Bonavia responded:

“We have made an ongoing commitment to house refugees. What we need to do as council is work out the practicalities, so we can provide a safe refuge.”