Afghan refugee support

What we are doing and how you can help.

We have great sympathy for refugees from the conflict in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  We'll be working closely with Essex County Council and other agencies to accommodate and support refugees who may be re-settled in Essex.

This is an emerging situation which we will need to respond to.

A package of suitable self-contained housing, school places, primary health care and other support is being pulled together in preparation for those refugees who may be referred to us by the Home Office for resettlement in Essex.

Latest update

Essex County Council has announced a pause in community donations. Essex, though, is appealing to anyone who is able to offer suitable housing. If you have any accommodation that you can offer, please let us know through our online offer of help form.

What you can do to help  

We are putting together a database of organisations and local people who wish to offer help and services to refugees who may be re-settled in Uttlesford.

You can let us know how you can help and give us your contact details by using our online form.

Offer your help


We would particularly like to hear about offers of self-contained family housing. Spare rooms or non-self-contained flats/houses are not considered suitable at this time.

Donations of clothing and other items

Local,people have been so generous in donating clothing and other items that we are currently unable to accept any more.

General help and assistance

We've already received approaches from residents and voluntary sector organisations who can offer experience of working with refugees, for example, teaching English as an additional language. We may also need help from people with Pashto and Dari language skills.

If you would like to help in this or similar ways please contact us and we will put you in touch with our relevant local partner organisations.

Unaccompanied minors/children

If you feel that you can help by fostering a refugee child, you may wish to apply to Essex County Council to become a foster parent. General information on fostering is available on the foster carers page at GOV.UK.

Further information

For any further information and advice the government has issued a guide for families arriving under the ex-gratia scheme (EGS) and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

If you need any further information from us, please email or telephone 01799 510510.

More information on the Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme on GOV.UK.