As we head towards Christmas we have been reflecting on the Christmas story and also some of the families that have been supported throughout the year. We thought it would be great to share of the stories that link to the Christmas story. Many of the families we support have been forced to relocate; whether from another country or to another town to flee domestic violence. This story highlights the reality of what it means to be forced to move and the impact of that isolation.
“God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child and wants to kill him.” Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod’s death. “
Mum arrived in the UK with her young daughter looking for safety after being in an arranged marriage, which had turned very violent. She remarried, and her new husband is a great support to her. As a family they were relocated to a new area, where they knew no one. The family was referred to Safe Families as mum was due to give birth to her second child imminently, and there was no one to look after her 3-year-old little girl. Mum was very nervous and anxious about not having anyone to look after their little girl.
The most wonderful volunteers said they were willing to offer support for the 3 year old girl. Mum went 10 days past her due date and the volunteers popped in everyday to build up a relationship with the family prior to hosting their daughter to provide them with reassurance. They also provided the family with items to make their house a home and became a great support network to the family who previously had no-one.
Now the volunteers are focusing on signposting the family and ensuring they build a network of support around them. The child calls the volunteers Grandma and Grandad and they have a lovely bond.
When dad said, ‘We’ve never really had friends or family around us’…the volunteer replied, ‘Well you do now.’