Reduced opening hours w/c 6th February

Opening times w/c 6th February 2017:
Wednesday 8th February 10.30am-12.30pm

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New way to donate to us – with GIFT AID so 25% extra!

Have you seen that our BT donate site is live now that we are a charity?

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/uareuk15896227_10154970227199156_6610384872301693609_o

 

It doesn’t take a penny in fees from us and they sort the giftaid out too so we get 25% extra!

Please spread the word, or you can now set up your own fundraisers for us on there if you want to do a sponsored something for refugee children, babies, mums and families xx

Happy news from the Hope Café

Nice to get a video that makes you cry for something happy instead of so many sad things. Two little kids and their parents got a travel cot today from Kerrie Moor at the Hope Café. And they got it put up and the little boy is doing little roly polies over it onto his parents’ bed and giggling as is his little sister and his mum.
So lovely to hear laughter and see them having just fun like kids do.

It also drives home to me how some people when donating say ‘ oh it’s not much’ and similar things. Well it might be say a travel cot you don’t need but you have made someone’s day donating it, and the same for so many other donations too.

And because it’s all good quality stuff and well looked after it is lovely a parent can give something to their kids that shows the donor cared about them and understands how it feels to just want to look after your kids and protect them.

I’ve seen more photos of more families today there getting our donations and donations from other groups and it is really making a difference to those it goes to. It’s a symbol of unity and solidarity.

Behind the scenes at UAREUK

We are working behind the scenes to make sure we are adhering to every rule and reg and it’s a big job indeed, not for the faint hearted.

But we are sorted with charities commission documents, registered with HMRC and just getting a giftaid and vat reclaim process in place, changing how we do the book,s to make life easier as in more streamlined and catering for reporting to the charities commission.
And evidencing everything and keeping it on file paper copy and e-copy.

Anyone who has taken over £5k needs to register as a charity or they could end up in hot water and hot tax water with HMRC.

I believe that in the long term the groups that put the leg work in will be the ones that stay around and it’s really important to get it right and I’m grateful to have the ears of other groups and support so we can all achieve this.

It’s worth the hard work

GREAT BALLS OF….

WOOL!

We need LOADS of acrylic wool and knitting needles and zips to send to ladies coop in Athens making things for themselves and to raise a small income.

It gives purpose and opportunity so its not just a ball of wool.

We are also collecting older kids underwear 11yrs plus at the moment.

We will also be open for older kids 7yrs + clothes next week and the week after too 🙂

 

Heaters provided in Greece

Amongst the refugees who have received heaters from UAREUK, which we bought direct from the Greek supplier, are 4 children and their widowed mum. The weather has been so so cold with the big freeze that’s gripped Europe. We have also helped warm up communal spaces in local squats housing many refugees in Exharchia, Greece.

We are only small and cannot help everyone but we can try and help some people, as many as we can and as funds allow
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