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The Sheffield Refugee Support Group is looking for a new home to continue its fundraising work

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jan 11, 2022
Since the group’s inception, demand for supplies, including coats and tents, has steadily increased.

Sheffield Donations for Refugees has secured valuables to support refugees overseas and in the UK since 2015, and is now looking for a new base of operations after working from Meersbrook Hall.

The group is run by volunteers and is calling for a site that can be used free of charge as a location for Sheffield residents to drop off donations and for staff to sort through.

Rosie Heller, 41, from Woodseats, helped start the group which operates through a Facebook page by issuing calls for some in-demand items, such as coats and tents.

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Rosie Heller started the group, which sends supplies to refugees overseas, in 2015.

She said: “There is a need for us and it is growing. The conditions people are supposed to live in are absolutely unbelievable.

“We sent tents – imagine a night in winter sleeping in a tent. The French authorities keep opening tents, they break mobile phones, take off their shoes. It’s brutal. It’s part of this process of alterity.

“The ups and downs of our business have been news related. When Afghanistan imploded it was huge. It’s really easy to get upset reading comments online, people are ready to criticize But in general Sheffield is doing a great job, Sheffield has helped people feel safe, it’s heartwarming with donations because otherwise you can feel completely stuck.

An ideal site for the group would be somewhere dry and with level access so people can easily drop off donations. Due to the volume of donations they receive, it would take around 1,000 square feet, but Rosie said they would consider most sites offered to them.

The group is looking for new premises to store and sort the donations.

Rosie added: “It is beyond words how the UK government has treated the refugees. They are just brutal. It’s disgusting that if you have this power, you can treat people this way. There are clear choices like saving someone or not.

“Some people’s response was to say ‘let’s help’, and others said ‘what are you doing here, you don’t belong here’.”