Wiltshire and Swindon Welcome Fund

The Welcome Fund raises money to support all refugees and asylum seekers who are starting new lives in Wiltshire and Swindon.

About The Fund

In October 2021 we launched the Welcome Fund to raise money to support people from Afghanistan as well as refugees and asylum seekers from other countries who are starting new lives here in Wiltshire and Swindon. 

Funds will support local voluntary sector and community groups to deliver a range of assistance and practical activities to support resettlement, community cohesion and help build futures for refugees and asylum seekers in our communities. Some of this will include: routes to education and employment, language skills and physical and mental health support.  

While called the Welcome Fund, we acknowledge that refugees and asylum seekers need more than initial emergency support. Our Fund is a long-term initiative and will also support projects and activities to aid the overall integration of those newly arrived in our county, enabling them to feel welcomed, valued and active members of our communities across Wiltshire and Swindon.

Over the last eight months this fund has helped a number of local groups and charities working with refugees, most recently a community group in Swindon that is supporting those who have fled the war in Ukraine.