The Refugee Resource Centre for Churches (R2C2) was set up partly at the request of many of the Christian groups working with refugees in Britain today, who pointed out a gap in bringing together all of the expertise and experience of those across the country involved in this vital work.
Our vision is to see churches increasingly playing a major role in welcoming, loving and supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, both through practical action and as a voice for justice, so they can integrate, flourish and play a full part in society.
This website has been set up to facilitate churches and individual Christians (of all denominations) to work effectively towards that vision.
Dave Smith of the Boaz Trust is leading the way sourcing content for this site and bringing together the R2C2 network.
Dave joined the steering group of Enabling Christians in Serving Refugees (ECSR), a small national charity based in a community organisation in South East London, in 2007. It ran annual conferences and other meetings, and did exactly what its name said, with limited resources and one part-time employee. Shortly after changing its name to Equip and launching a new website in 2010, it unfortunately ran out of funding. Attempts to find a new host organisation failed, and Equip was forced to close. Ever since then there has been a gap in provision for Christians and churches wanting to get involved with asylum seekers and refugees.
In 2013 Dave met the leader of Jubilee+, Martin Charlesworth, at their annual conference. This led to a growing partnership on refugee issues and has culminated in this joint venture, centred on an interactive website that seeks to resource Christians and churches to reach out to and support asylum seekers and refugees in their churches and communities with the love and compassion of Christ.