Steve Wood of Newport Pagnell Baptist Church writes:

Today, in response to the ongoing arrival of families and individuals from Afghanistan into our community, we are launching Welcome MK – www.welcomemk.org

Our primary aim is to ensure that all those who arrive into our community as refugees, asylum seekers or migrants receive the warmest of MK welcomes. As we do that, we have 3 driving motivations:

  • Compassion: we always put people first, recognising that so many who arrive here have been through such difficult experiences.
  • Collaboration: we work with and through others, maximising existing experience, expertise and resource to meet needs.
  • Commitment: our focus is on giving people all the support they need for a brighter future, as well as meeting immediate needs

Right now, we’re not planning to become a registered charity but – as a group of committed volunteers including councillors, existing charities and faith leaders – we will continue to review what is needed and how we can best ensure those who arrive into our community can be supported and given the foundations for a brighter future.

You can find out more at our website www.welcomemk.org, but in the meantime, we have an urgent ask that we’d like you to communicate to your churches:

WE NEED 40 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SORT DONATIONS OF CLOTHES, SHOES AND OTHER ITEMS

WHEN: THIS FRIDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, FROM 6.00 -10.00PM

WHERE: SAXON COURT, AVEBURY BOULEVARD, MILTON KEYNES, MK9 3HS 

Getting through all of these remaining items is crucial in allowing us to shift more of our effort to the families themselves. Masks and gloves will be provided. 

UPDATE: In order to ensure we don’t have to turn anyone away from this brilliant opportunity to help, we’re asking people to sign up on the Welcome MK website at www.welcomemk.org. Anyone who does will get a confirmation email in response. Any questions, please email hello@welcomemk.org.

Thank you for all your prayers and practical support so far. The situation continues to move at a rapid pace and we’ll keep you informed as to how you and your churches can get involved / stay up to date.

Thanks

Steve Wood, Minister, Newport Pagnell Baptist Church