Crisis Response

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We all have crises in our lives from time to time, and we get through them with our own personal strength, with the help and guidance of God, and with the kindness of others. St Margaret's Benefice has decided that we should be those "others" and to find practical ways to help those that find themselves in a crisis.  This page will provide details of current needs we are responding to and provide ways for anyone who wishes to make a difference.  

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As you may know, we support two local Syrian refugee families, who have now been in our communities for nearly a year and a half.  It brings us a lot of joy to let you know that in July we welcomed a new baby boy to one of the families, and in November we are awaiting a new arrival for the other family!

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Dover Outreach Centre has just celebrated it's 1st birthday, serving Dover's vulnerable with food, support and practical help.  They, in turn, need practical support, particularly financial, to keep this vital resourse open and doing their essential work.  Click here to read their Annual Report to give you  real insight into their vital work.  We are also delighted to be welcoming Vee Bentley from DOC to our Family Service at St Margaret's in January.

In the mean time, they are in desperate need for volunteers to help run the Winter Night Shelters.

We desperately need volunteers without them the Night Shelters cannot operate.

Last year showed us that Christians who have a real commitment to their church and their Lord make up the vast number of people prepared to give their time for others. We had hoped to be able to cover all seven nights this year we have the venues but, again, as last year not enough volunteers. There are two shifts one which works from 6.00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. serving an evening meal, clearing away and helping to organise the beds; then from 10.00 p.m. until around 7.30 a.m. - this shift needs three people, two sleeping, one awake (with a swap around so that everyone gets at least some sleep)

The more volunteers we get the less often people would need to do a shift. Currently we are asking people to do one shift per week (so 13 shifts in total) but if enough people come forward we could make it less often and less of a burden.

Volunteers can choose which night of the week they wish to do.

The short training session is mandatory. There is one on Saturday 25th at 10.00 a.m. at Living Well church. Details are also on the Dover Outreach Centre Facebook page, or visit their website at

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You can leave your donations to Dover Foodbank in the box in St Margaret's Church porch - they particularly need the following items:
  • long life fruit juice
  • instant coffee
  • evaporated milk
  • jam
  • sponge puddings (very low on stock)
  • sugar
  • dried milk
  • squash
  • Christmas treats

  • Though all non-perishable food items are happpily accepted.
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste

  • We have enough of :  ladies sanitary towels; pasta; thank you

    (list updated as at 16h November)

There are three organisations working together in our area to support the refugees and asylum seekers in the South East:-
  • Migrant Help are a national organisation with offices in Dover who help vulnerable migrants across the UK feel protected, safe and supported so that they are able to move forwards with their lives.  They are supporting two Syrian refugee families who have been resettled in our area, and St Margaret's is liaising closely toprovide for their needs as part of our Crisis Response strategy.
  • Kent Refugee Action Network is an independent charity based in Canterbury that provides help and support to young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived int he UK, so they can feel safe, belong and to build hope for a better future.
  • Samphire is a Dover-based charity who have worked with the Dover Immigration Removal Centre supporting and advocating for ex-detainees who face destitution and hardship after detention.  It engages with communities to challenge widely held misconceptions about immigration.

The Diocese of Canterbury, along with KRAN and Samphire, organised the recent #Just1Thing exhibition at St Mary's church - a great eaxmple of organisations coming together and demonstrating community engagement.