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Council announces £70,000 funding for Afghan resettlement


Gloucestershire County Council has announced £70,000 of funding for families from Afghanistan who have recently arrived in the county.


The funding, which is in addition to the Government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Programme (ARAP), will help to provide families settled through that scheme with basic technology, such as laptops and mobile phones.

These will allow the families to access key public services, learn more about their new communities, and keep in touch with loved ones over Christmas.

The technology will be delivered by the County Council’s partner Auriga, working closely with local charity GARAS who support new arrivals on behalf of the Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Partnership.

Gloucestershire County Council is working in partnership with all six district authorities in the county to support the UK government’s scheme to settle families evacuated from Afghanistan who were at-risk due to their previous work in support of UK forces in that country. 

Gloucestershire authorities have pledged to help 35 families resettle in the county through the scheme. Since starting in September, 53 individuals from 13 families have moved into new homes.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to support families to settle in the county through this funding.

“The funding will help to ensure families are able to access the support they need as they move into Gloucestershire.”

The programme is managed by the Gloucestershire Housing Partnership and is being delivered by local charity GARAS.

Ruth Saunders, Chair of the Gloucestershire Housing Partnership, said “We’re delighted to have been able to make such a welcoming offer to help vulnerable families who in many cases risked their safety to support our armed forces.

“If you own a property for rent please do consider signing up to this scheme.”

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