Open meetings in Newham to help fundraise for Syrian refugees

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Residents are invited to attend fundraising meetings to help develop activities to support Syrian refugees coming to the borough.

The meetings are being held to discuss and organise local activities to raise funds for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - the United Nations Relief Agency and will take place throughout the month.

They will also be attended by lead councillors for each of the council’s eight Community Neighbourhood areas and other interested parties.

The council will make funding available through its Let’s Get the Party Started community grants scheme to support each of these initiatives.

The meetings are open to all residents and will be held on:

• Thursday, October 15, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood, Canning Town Library, Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ

• Saturday, October 17, 2pm to 4pm, Stratford and West Ham Community Neighbourhood, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford E15 1EL

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• Monday, October 19, from 6.30pm, East Ham Community Neighbourhood, East Ham Library, 328 Barking Road, East Ham E6 2RT

• Tuesday, October 20, 6pm to 7pm, Green Street Community Neighbourhood, Green Street Library. 337-341 Green Street, Upton Park E13 9AR

• Wednesday, October 21, from 6.30pm Beckton and Royal Docks Community Neighbourhood, Beckton Community Centre, 14 East Ham Manor Way, E6 5NG

• Wednesday, October 21, 6.30pm-8pm, Forest Gate Community Neighbourhood, The Gate Community Neighbourhood Centre, 2-6 Woodgrange Road,E7 0QH

• Tuesday, October 27, 6pm-7.30pm, Manor Park Community Neighbourhood, Trinity Centre, East Avenue, London E12 6SG

• Thursday, October 29, 5.30pm-7.00pm Plaistow Community Neighbourhood, Plaistow Library, North Street, E13 9HL

The council has agreed to take in ten Syrian refugee families and has promised to provide the support they need to rebuild their lives and integrate into the local communities.

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