The Exeter City of Sanctuary Campaigns Group has been focusing on the issue of the resettlement of unaccompanied children. They have written letters to members of Devon County Council [DCC] encouraging them to commit to taking a fair share of the children who have entered the UK.
The good news is that on 7th October DCC issued a Press Release stating their aim to look after at least 25 unaccompanied asylum seeking children by the end of March 2017 as part of a national scheme.
The Council have also pledged to accommodate at least 74 refugee families under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme [SVPR]. You can read the full statement at https://www.devonnewscentre.info/devons-doing-its-bit-in-government-resettlement-programmes/
One of the limiting factors in unaccompanied children coming to Exeter is the shortage of trained foster carers. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping with fostering then the contact details are: email firstname.lastname@example.org or fostering enquiry line on 0345 155 1077.
There is still much to do on this and related issues so if you would like to hear an update on the campaigning and be involved in future work do come to the next Campaigns Group meeting on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm at the Mint Methodist Church (Fore Street).