OHOB was initially set up in October 2015 as a Facebook Group called Open Hearts Open Borders – Refugee Aid; this was in response to the current refugee crisis and the tragic media images across our screens. As a group from Plymouth we started up collections and donation points and now send 40ft containers and pallets of aid to Greece, Syria and France. We now work closely with a number of other grass root aid groups across the South West including Wadebridge Cornish Refugee Aid Project, Bude Refugee Support Group, Launceston Refugee Support, Exeter City of Sanctuary and Beyond Borders Totnes.
In Europe we partner with and send aid on a regular basis to Mobile Refugee Support (Dunkirk and Calais), Attika Human Support (Lesvos Greece), Humanitarian Support Agency (Kara Tepe Greece), Hope Cafe (Athens Greece) and the One Happy Family Community Centre (Lesvos Greece).
Driven by a vision of the commonality of human beings OHOB firmly keeps at its heart kindness, love and respect that transcends differences in our cultures and spiritual beliefs. As a grass roots organisation which has grown organically we are entirely supported by local people and the community of Devon and Cornwall. This type of empowerment is the best way to build solid and lasting foundations of mutual understanding and integration.
OHOB is becoming a real focus for creating change through the kindness of a network of volunteers and supporters ranging from individuals and families to South West businesses, church groups, refugees, clubs and associations, charities and community groups. One of our main partners and supporters is QStore Business Centre in Saltash Cornwall PL12 6LX.
OHOB represents opportunities for all of us to grow as one kind, compassionate, welcoming and integrated community by welcoming refugees and asylum seekers arriving or already living in the South West and across the United Kingdom.
We intend to:
Continue with distributing international humanitarian aid relief across Europe.
Support other grass root aid relief groups across France and Greece by providing essential aid items or financial support.
Ensure those who are fleeing conflict and dispersed to Plymouth and the South West feel welcome and safe.
Provide essential items to refugees and asylum seekers’ families and individuals who resettle in the South West of England.
Campaign for the safe passage of child refugees to the UK from areas of conflict.
Educate and raise awareness through our fundraising and campaigning across social media.
Promote integration, inclusion, kindness, diversity in all that we do.
Continue to partner with and support the amazing work of the organisations who have been for many years providing a service to all the refugees and asylum seekers in the city of Plymouth.
We are a grass roots community led organisation providing aid locally and internationally and we are all volunteers from the community across Devon and Cornwall. We want to look at long term solutions and welcome refugees into the city, into our hearts and into our communities. We simply want to help, so, OHOB provides a platform for this support and help to happen. We are registered with Companies House as OHOB Ltd – a company Limited by Guarantee – as a not for profit all our money goes back into the organisation so we can continue with our work. whilst also promoting love, integration and awareness. The original Open Hearts Open Borders – Refugee Aid a is now a voluntary ‘Not for Profit’ organisation registered with Companies House as OHOB Ltd. This ensures transparency and continuation of our humanitarian work so we can fundraise and continue to support refugee causes and projects.
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