Chantry Place has temporarily provided Alive UK with a unit to turn into a place where the refugees can feel like they are shopping for clothes, rather than pick them up from a van. Paul McCarthy, Chantry Place’s general manager, comments: “We have worked with Alive UK now for some time and the way its volunteers continue to work so hard to support people in Norfolk is incredibly inspiring. We all feel such compassion for the Afghans being resettled and we want these people who have lost so much to be treated with dignity, care and kindness. That’s why we have given Alive UK a unit with fitting rooms and helped them with clothing rails so that they can choose, try on and then take away their items in a bag. Many of our retailers have also been incredibly generous when we put a callout for support and told them about what Alive UK is doing, as have my own team.”
Alive UK provides emergency response and support for people in crisis in Norfolk and in July opened a unit at Chantry Place to collect items to help reduce food poverty. Last month, it began working with Norfolk County Council and its district councils to support the Afghans resettling in Norfolk, with Alive UK launching an appeal for clothes and other items for those evacuated from the country to drop them off at its unit at Chantry Place.
Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The people of Norfolk have shown an incredible response to the events in Afghanistan over the past few weeks: offers of support and donations to help Afghans arriving in the UK have flooded in from across the county. The work of Alive UK in co-ordinating the donations of clothing is just one aspect of this, and their work is representative of the positive, practical and welcoming attitude people in Norfolk have shown. No one chooses to be a refugee and many Afghans have been forced to leave their homes with little to no personal belongings. Giving them the opportunity to select their own clothing in Chantry Place is all part of the warm welcome I know everyone in Norfolk will extend to those arriving in the county over the coming months.”
Alive UK, supported by Alive Church, is a registered charity. To find out more visit www.alive.charity
To find out about the work that Norfolk County Council is doing on the resettlement, click here Afghan resettlement in Norfolk - Norfolk County Council
For more information on Chantry Place visit www.ChantryPlace.co.uk or follow chantryplacenorwich on social media.