A Taste of Home: Recipe Book - All proceeds to charity


The sale of this beautiful book directly supports Syrian refugees

I'm very proud to be supporting a local charity Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees that is doing all sorts of amazing things to help and support Syrian refugees who have come to live in the Kent town after being forced to flee their homeland.

The charity has worked with the families and pupils from Sevenoaks School to produce this  book containing 27 authentic Syrian recipes brought to life with stunning photography that makes your mouth water.

£10 from every purchase of this book will go straight to the charity to help them provide more-much needed support. (The little bit extra is to cover tranaction costs which are applied to all online sales to make sure they get the full £10).

  • softback
  • 49 pages
  • 24.6 cm x 21 cm

About the charity

Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees was formed in March 2017 to help support refugees from Syria resettling in the Sevenoaks district. Their registered charity number is 1184120.

They are volunteers who want to help those fleeing the terrible violence and destruction still unfolding in Syria.

These families are resettling as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS). This scheme involves particularly vulnerable refugees coming directly from the Middle East to resettle in the UK.

A UK government-funded scheme, the SVPRS is administered across Kent by Kent County Council and in our area by Sevenoaks District Council.

They are focused on four tasks:

  1. Providing local practical support to refugee families in our area (e.g. welcoming, help with learning English, finding jobs, providing lifts, sourcing necessary household items)
  2. Building public understanding of and support for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS)
  3. Finding private landlords willing to take part in the government-funded rent payment scheme
  4. 4: Seeking to influence Sevenoaks District Council and Kent County Council 

What they've achieved so far...

These are some of the things the charity has achieved so far:

  • led a successful public campaign in 2017 to encourage Sevenoaks District Council to participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
  • helped plan and implement arrangements for the arrival and ongoing support of four refugee families (Eynsford, Swanley and Sevenoaks town x 2): 11 adults and 11 children, from Damascus, Aleppo and Idlib. This included coordinating the public appeals for donated household items and clothes, to supplement the official package of provision
  • identified private sector landlords who have been able to provide the scheme-rented houses in Swanley and Sevenoaks town
  • put in place a language support programme of regular conversation classes, to supplement the official package of language provision
  • organised outings for the refugees, to help them integrate in their local community and the surrounding area
  • made grants to refugee families to assist in their long-term resettlement and improve their quality of life. From warm clothes and children’s swimming lessons, to laptops, professional accountancy exams and English language books, these small grants are helping all the families thrive in a new country

Their future plans

They are also looking at how they can contribute funding to enable more local properties to be rented to refugee families to help resettle some more of the nearly 6 million most vulnerable Syrian refugees currently living in wretched conditions in the countries surrounding Syria: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. See the latest update on refugee numbers from UNHCR. 

They are currently supporting the resettlement of 4 Syrian refugee families in Eynsford, Swanley and Sevenoaks town – 22 people: 11 adults and 11 children. The UK government scheme is funded to support further families, if more properties can be found for rental. Their goal this year is to help enable two more families to resettle in the Sevenoaks area.