An offer of housing for older Syrian refugees

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An older person’s charity, which has care homes and sheltered housing in north Northumberland, has offered to do its bit to help refugees.

Alarmed at the plight of the older refugees fleeing from Syria, the Abbeyfield Society has pledged to support the Government’s promise to bring some of them to the UK by offering accommodation in its sheltered housing and care homes.

Abbeyfield wrote to the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Greg Clark last week with its offer of help.

The Government announced earlier this week that it would allow 20,000 Syrians to come to the UK by 2020. Of these, as many as 10 per cent are expected to be older people and concern is mounting about whether they will be given the support they need.

In response, the Abbeyfield Society has offered to house as many older refugees as it can in its 500 sheltered houses and specialist homes up and down the UK.

Natasha Singarayer, chief executive of the Abbeyfield Society, said: “Many of our residents feel deep empathy for these older Syrians and I am confident they will welcome them with open arms.

“We really hope that the Government will take us up on this offer to provide a haven for older refugees when they arrive in the UK. All we ask is that the Government supports us by covering the costs and we will do the rest.”