West Berkshire Action for Refugees praised for its ongoing support of refugees

WBAR cycle training

SBHL, which administers hotels hosting asylum seekers, wants to say thank you for the care and dedication shown to its residents at the Regency Hotel in Thatcham by West Berkshire Action for Refugees (WBAR) and the support offered by both WBAR and West Berkshire Council.

SBHL is delighted to be able to work with a partner such as WBAR in the ongoing effort to support the welfare of all the residents. A recent example of this has been a cycle training and road safety course organised by WBAR which was greatly appreciated by all the residents.

In addition, they received a generous donation of 14 bikes and a stand to protect the bikes from the elements.

This thoughtful support is a boost to the mental and physical well-being of those staying at the hotel and provides ongoing opportunities to enjoy the local area.

WBAR team leader Karen Reeve has done a brilliant job of getting the services for residents of Regency Park up and running. And Joyce Zealey, the WBAR learning coordinator has organised the English-language classes, as language is a vital building block that allows residents to access the other services.

How to help

WBAR is currently appealing for donations of men’s summer clothes and volunteers to help with English conversation groups on Monday and Thursday afternoons. If you can help please email volunteer@westberksrefugees.org

Potential volunteers need to be sensitive to cultural differences. Applications to volunteer will be screened and DBS checks and references may be required. Support and training is available.

To find out more please follow WBAR on facebook.

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