Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) Relocation Scheme

How SHBC is supporting the Afghan LES Relocation Scheme.

The UK government Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) Relocation Scheme protects the human rights of Afghan LES who supported the British Forces deployed in Afghanistan. Following British Forces’ withdrawal from the country, the Afghan LES risk persecution and death.

To deliver this scheme, the government asked local councils, in partnership with their communities, to lead in this work.

SHBC, along with other Surrey authorities, agreed to help in this humanitarian effort in July 2021.

As part of the scheme, five Afghan families were relocated to Surrey Heath that year.

People relocated under the scheme are supported for a set period by the Council authority, to help with settling into their new homes and lives. This includes advice and assistance covering employment, welfare benefits, housing, health and education.


The work the Council does is funded by a grant from central government.

We also work with local people, community organisations and businesses to support relocated families.

Community support

In Surrey Heath we want to deliver a coordinated response that gives maximum support to the families we welcome.

We would like to hear from you if you, your organisation or business would like to help through donations or practical actions. You can do this by completing the supporting refugee families online form.

Once registered, we will keep you up to date with our work, and contact you when we have requests for help to share.

If you would like any further information about the Council’s work on this scheme please contact: (link sends email)

Volunteering opportunities

We are looking for committed volunteers to help with the integration of Afghan families in the Borough.

Moving to the UK has been a huge adjustment for the families and they have faced various challenges settling into Surrey. Volunteer support will help them become more independent and to integrate into the community.

Find out more about how to become a volunteer on a resettlement scheme.