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MP Julian Knight praises Silhillians that provide basics to asylum seekers

Solihull Editorial 14th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

VOLUNTEERS who provide food, clothes and guidance to asylum seekers arriving in Solihull have been praised by the local MP.

Solihull Welcome, a drop-in for, new borough residents has been praised for its vital work by Solihull MP Julian Knight.

The group, which meets in St Augustine’s Church Hall, Herbert Road, is run by the Solihull Churches Asylum Seekers Support Group (SCASSG) – offering hospitality to new arrivals in the borough.

Volunteers offer free refreshments, clothes, toys for children, and an opportunity to for refugees and asylum seekers to talk toa friendly face.

Staff are also able to sign-post people to other organisations which can help or offer advice.

Commending the group on its actions, Mr Knight said: “Solihull’s churches have come together to turn concern for the less fortunate into positive, practical action.

“One of the most inspiring parts of being an MP is the range of inspiring volunteers you meet.

“Solihull Welcome gives asylum seekers who have fled terrible conditions the best possible introduction to our town, and I’m proud of the work they do.”

Volunteers at Solihull Welcome come mostly from more than 20 different churches in the borough, as well as members of the Knowle Mothers Union.