For many refugees and asylum seekers, arrival in a new town or city in a different country is not just where one long journey ends, but is also where another journey begins.
OHOB supports this transition by helping individuals and their families to rebuild their lives, by sourcing and providing essential household items donated by the community, or pay for the items which are achieved through funding and financial donations.
Funding cuts and lack of resources means many of the individuals and families who get refugee status do not have the most basic of household items. So, we are here to help and ensure that they can set up home and begin to feel comfortable in their new life.
We help supply much needed essential and household items to refugee and asylum seekers in Plymouth by working in partnership with Students and Refugees Together (START).
We are contacted by email with a list of items needed and we will fundraise, use any grant money we have been given or do a shout out into the community to access the items.
Helping to rebuild lives is an important part of who we are at OHOB. Please click below to read more about whay we have supplied so far and how you can help.
So far, we have purchased, sourced and delivered, white goods, soft furnishings, hotplates for those in temporary accommodation, beds, wardrobes, sofas, microwaves, kitchen goods, crockery and we have even raised money to get an orthopaedic bed! We have helped families to create ‘wish lists’ and we have also supplied lots of baby essential items, clothing, food and toiletries.
Between July 2017 and July 2018 we supported over 30 families and dozens of individuals with furniture, white goods, household items and new baby items. So far, since the beginning of July 2018 we have supplied:
3 foldaway beds, and 6 hotplates to use for those who currently have no permnament residence or are waiting to obtain cooking facilties; nappies, wet wipes and various new baby items for 2 new mothers; a fridge freezer for a new mother’s baby milk; a single bed, a coffee table, varioius kitcjen items, bedding and futon for a gentlemen living on his own with mental health difficukties; a cooker, fridge freezer and 2 fold away beds for a family of 4 in temporary accomodation and a food processer and juicer for Syrian familes resettled so they can use fresh ingredients when cooking as family.
We always need – toiletries and hygiene items for men and women, baby essential items (nappies, wet wipes, shampoo and lotions etc), sanitary towels, new underwear and socks for men, women and children and tinned and dried food.
When we receive specific requests, we post the list on Facebook. Please do not donate anything which we have not requested. We are unable to take items which are not on our list. Our fundraising ensures we can continue to supply the much-needed items to refugees and asylum seekers who are living in Plymouth.
If you would like to donate please click on the link below.
To donate large items or household furniture items please contact us via email with a photograph of the item – firstname.lastname@example.org
All electrical items must be up to a safety standard, so we can only take items with an up to date PAT Test. If you have any questions please get in touch and we will do our best to answer your queries.