How to help refugees

According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 5 million Syrians have now fled from their country as refugees. Over 6 million more have been displaced in Syria itself. It is in and around Syria where the biggest need is.

Donate money

Making a donation to one of the international aid organisations will make a difference. All major aid organisations are accepting donations: British Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and others. If you would like to donate, go online and search ‘donate for Syrian refugees‘. The Charity Commission offers advice on giving safely to refugee appeals.

How to help refugees in Devon


Refugee Support Devon are playing an important part in coordinating offers of support for refugees in Devon and always need volunteers to help. They are particularly interested to hear from Arabic speakers, but all help is welcome. If you can offer any of your time, please contact them by email at


The number of Syrian refugees in Devon will grow only gradually, so we do not need large amounts of clothes, toys, furniture or appliances. But there are particular household items that will be very helpful. Refugee Support Devon keeps an up-to-date list of the things we need. Please contact them by email at if you want to buy items or pledge money to help buy the most important things.

Rent a property

This is what we need most of all. Please see Landlords – how you can help.

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