Afghanistan ARAP Programme

Resettlement

September 2021, Moray Council agreed to take part in Nationwide efforts to resettle families from Afghanistan, joining most other local authorities in Scotland and the UK.

Moray Council has currently committed to take part in the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme, launched on 1st April 2021. The scheme resettles former locally employed staff and their immediate family who are assessed to be under serious threat to life.

The Role of Moray’s Resettlement Team

The Resettlement Team in Moray will be employed by Moray Council with funding provided by the Home Office.

Once families are matched to a pledge made by Moray Council, the resettlement team will work with other departments such as housing, social work, health and education to prepare for arrivals.

Preparation for families arriving in Moray includes:

  • Preparing a home with basic essential items, funded by the home office
  • Arranging registration and appointments for health assessments
  • Enrolment in school for children, and ESOL classes for adults where required
  • Support with employability
  • Community integration plans created to ensure families have a warm welcome into Moray

Ongoing support will be provided for families, with an exit strategy in place to ensure intensive support can be reduced as families settle into their lives as New Scots.

Ongoing support remains available to ensure the necessary mainstream supports are in place if required, funded by the home office for 3 years.

The resettlement team can be contacted on: refugeeresettlementteam@moray.gov.uk

How can I donate items to a family?

Homes will be furnished with essential items prior to a family arriving, funded by the Home Office. Moray Council has not yet confirmed the details of families arriving in Moray, therefore we are unable to advise of the need for additional items such as clothing or children’s toys at this time, these items would usually be sourced once a family has arrived and their needs have been assessed.

The British Red Cross support refugees in the UK and around the world, anybody wishing to donate items immediately to benefit refugees may wish to donate to this charity.

How can I offer a room or a house to support a family?

It’s important that families arriving have access to their own tenancy, allowing them to feel safe, secure and settled. If you have a room you would like to offer a refugee you can register this with the Scottish Community hosting Charity Rooms for Refugees: https://www.roomforrefugees.com/

How can I donate my time to support a family?

Once families arrive in Moray integration into the community is vital for their wellbeing and happiness, as it is for everyone. At present we do not have opportunities to volunteer with families arriving from Afghanistan, the details of any future need for volunteers will be provided once the needs of families arriving have been assessed.

Meantime, there are always volunteering opportunities available for anyone wishing to donate their time to support members of the community in Moray. Further details can be found here: http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_59921.html

If you have any further enquires please contact our resettlement team at refugeeresettlementteam@moray.gov.uk

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