In 2016 we put forward a formal offer to the Home Office to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict in Syria under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.  Our pledge was to welcome a total of four families over 2016 and 2017.  Our pledge has been fulfilled.

A multi agency partnership was set up to oversee and co-ordinate what services and agencies the refugees would need to access when they arrived in Torbay.  The partnership consists of Torbay Council - including housing, education, adults, children’s, and Public Health, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Job Centre Plus, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group and community and faith representatives.

We have accommodated the families in private rented sector accommodation and have ensured there is a fair balance between meeting their needs and those of the already resident community.  To protect their privacy, we are not in a position to provide any details about the Syrian families who have resettled here.

Refugees welcomed to Torbay through the scheme are treated with fairness and respect and are supported to access opportunities, to contribute to and benefit from being part of Torbay’s future.  In the long term, the families will benefit Torbay through their economic contribution and by increasing the diversity in our towns.  We hope and expect that the whole community will work together to ensure they are supported to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe quality of life.

For further information about refugees in Torbay see our frequently asked questionsHome Office - Syrian Resettlement Programme Opens in a new window and Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme - FAQs

We were able to fulfil our pledge to resettle families because of the generous support offered from Torbay residents in terms of housing, goods and offers of practical support from individuals.