Next Stop Symi (NSS) is a UK charity, based in Hoxne in Suffolk,We work with many local groups and NGO's  working on the Greek Isalnds near the Turkish mainland to supply much needed items to assist the provision of "Hope and Dignity" to many thousands of standed refugees held in the Greek Government run camps in the Islands. The charity is concerned with the UK collection, sorting, warehousing and delivery of a wide range of specific items of humanitarian aid  We currently work with Samos Volunteers, on the island of Samos, directly supporting the refugees in the camp there, who provide a centre for  education and welfare, and distributes the goods, as well as liaising with the Greek authorities, including port police and local government.

 Loaded van leaves UK

 

 

Refugee camp on one of the islands.

 

Warehouse in Hoxne

Newsletter- February 2018 

An extract

 

A belated happy new year to all our supporters and followers 2017 was a challenging year for everyone involved with the refugee crisis in Greece and sadly 2018 looks like being an equally tough year - but if we all continue to work together, then hopefully we can find modest but meaningful ways to make a positive difference.

 

The stream of refugees from the Turkish Mainland has not abated- 1,501 arrived on the islands in January despite the harsh winter seas - and the processing of arrivals in Europe via this route remains a slow paced ordeal. Europe, it would seem, finds it evermore difficult to provide new futures to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the lack of fresh headline stories means the mainstream media are now looking the other way.  Full copy available by application to our e mail.

Next Stop Symi

WE LEAVE FOR SAMOS SOON

 

Our Next Van delivery leaves England towards the end of May and will be bound for the Aegean Island of Samos. listed below are some of the many items that we will be taking on that Van run. contact us via e mail or Facebook if you wish to help or donate

The List

 

The dignity items

 

On the van already are such items as sewing machines and Exercise books

 

we would like to add

 

Playing cards and UNO cards

 

Craft suplies such as 

Googly eyes. pipe cleaners, glitter, pom poms, beads and beading threads, sequins, plaster of paris modeling packs, cotton string and paper plates.

Washable PVA Glue, 10g or 21g glue sticks.

Paint and glue brushes.

 

For the Ladies who love to Sew and Knit and also to teach others to do so;

Fabrics (a minimum of 2 metre lengths), sewing threads, knitting needles, crotchet hooks, 3 and 3.5 are especially useful, and

Whole Balls of Knitting Wool.

 

Toys for the children New, not the throw aways! You could fund raise for these items; specifically.

Large toys for 0-5 whilst thier mothers learn at language classes: examples are; Duplo, Dolls,, Large puzzles, Large Cars etc

 

Supplies for adult art classes

 

Professional Acrylic, Oils and Water paints.

Brushes, Artist Pads, Pencils

 

White Board Markers and Erasers for Language Classes.

 

Foam Exercise Mats

 

Also required Ladies sanitary items (pads), Plastic sheeting, Wheel Chairs and Crutches