Updated: Jul 21, 2019

Gaining stable, fulfilling employment is a vital part of the successful resettlement of refugees, but it can be challenging due to factors such as language difficulties, and unrecognised qualifications. Help is now being sought from employers and mentors in the Sherborne area who may be able to help resettled Syrians get back into work.

The Syrians who have resettled in Dorset came to the UK with a wide range of work backgrounds, skills and experience. Former careers included teaching, catering, agricultural work, accountancy, nursing, mechanics, pastry cheffing and building. Whilst settling into the area, they have been attending language training and improving their English to help them find employment. Some have also been contributing to life in their local communities by volunteering – for example at a local hospital, a community leisure centre, and a town garden.

The UNHCR estimates there are 120,000 refugees in the UK, all of whom have the right to work in the UK, but says studies suggest the unemployment rate among this part of the population is at 18%, three times that of the UK-born population.

Philip Rogerson, Chair of Sherborne Area Refugee Support, and a volunteer with local families, says ‘We’d love to hear from local people who can offer some practical help. You may be able to offer employment support, for example by helping with CV writing, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews, or you may be a local employer who can offer mentoring support or work placements.’ All volunteers will need to have DBS checks. Anyone interested in helping should call 01935 389153 or email


Updated: Jul 20, 2019

A new family is expected to be resettled in Sherborne this summer, and we hope they will be arriving in August 2019.

Dorset Council is sourcing much of the furniture for their new home, and some is already provided. However, if anyone is able to donate the following items we would be grateful:

  • Microwave oven

  • Pots and pans

  • Plates and cutlery

  • Sofa

  • Table and chairs

  • Coffee table / side tables

  • TV stand

  • Television

  • Bookcase or storage

  • Rugs and throws

  • Cupboard or chest of drawers

  • Table or desk

  • Blankets

  • Iron / Clothes dryer rack

  • Laundry basket /Laundry powder

  • Laptop

  • Childrens car seats

  • Childrens toys and books

If you can help, please email Please note that we are very grateful for all offers of goods, but we have a very limited amount of space for storage, so are not able to accept everything.

Pupils at the Gryphon Sixth Form have helped to organise a fundraising dinner in support of Shares and another charity.

Tickets are now available for the Mexican-themed dinner, which takes place at the Gryphon on Friday 19 July at 7.30pm. Food will include spicy bean-filled empanadas wtih sour cream, and meat and vegetarian chille dishes. Attendees can brink their own drink, and entertainment is provided.

Proceeds from the event will go to Sherborne Area Refugee Support, and to Mercy Ships, an international charity which runs a hospital ship in West Africa.

Tickets are £15 each and are available from the Gryphon reception area and the Sherborne Tourist Information



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