Public meeting to see how people in Rushden can help refugees

The Revd Mark Lees
The Revd Mark Lees
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A public meeting is being held to see how people in East Northamptonshire can help and offer support to refugees.

The Refugees Response - Call to Action meeting has been organised by the Revd Mark Lees on behalf of the faith sector and the wider local community in Rushden.

I now want to ask why we can’t do something similar as a joint community response

The Revd Mark Lees

Revd Lees was asked to lead and set a date for an open public meeting to discuss how people in East Northampton can specifically respond and offer places of safety and care to refugees.

He said there was a desire for people to offer placements in East Northamptonshire and for people to come together to work on a plan of action towards this.

Revd Lees said: “I am mindful that in 1915 the good people of Rushden responded to their refugee crisis in their day and welcomed 200 people, and based here in Rushden in 2015 I now want to ask why we can’t do something similar as a joint community response.”

The Refugee Response - Call to Action meeting is taking place at 7.30pm on Monday, October 5, at the Full Gospel Church at 60, High Street South, Rushden.

The meeting is open to all individuals, community groups and statutory bodies to come together to discuss positive actions to support the receipt of as many refugees as possible within East Northamptonshire and the surrounding area.

They want to record key communal and individual responses and collate offers of help and support, and to identify a core organising group who will develop a comprehensive action plan towards resettlement of refugees in the area.

People are invited to go along with their ideas, actions, commitments and offers of support to add to the community wide picture of response.

Revd Lees is the minister for missions and community at Rushden Full Gospel Church, chairman of trustees for East Northants Faith Group and team leader for East Northants Community Services.

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