Kent County Council has been inundated with offers of help and donations for the high numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children who arrived in Kent during the summer months and continue to do so.
More than 170 offers of help have been received. With offers ranging from accommodation in people’s own homes, sports equipment, DVD’s, children’s toys, to foster carers, football coaches and teachers.
Peter Oakford, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services said: “We have been overwhelmed with the amazing generosity from so many people all around the UK.
“Many churches have called offering to provide volunteers or items young people might need, individuals have approached us offering items they can donate or even offering a room and many teachers, foster carers and football coaches have offered their services.
“As a result of offers from teachers to provide lessons we are putting together a structured programme of learning for young people in the reception centres.
He added: “It is humbling to know there are so many incredibly kind people and organisations willing to help these young people who arrive in our country seeking refuge.
“The response has exceeded even our wildest expectations, to have received so many offers, I would like to say a big, big thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us, we are so grateful.”
“For anyone still keen to donate items, we suggest sports equipment, easy-reading books to help with English lessons, board games and for younger refugee children in our care colouring crayons, colouring books and DVDs for the under-15s.
“All these items would be a great help.”
In total, 28 families living in Kent have approached KCC to help with fostering, as well as around 30 from outside of Kent.
Unfortunately we cannot process applications from foster carers living outside of Kent, they have been given details of their nearest local authority.