Nine Syrian refugees in Manchester devoted their time on 29 December to help with flood prevention efforts in Littleborough near Rochdale. Wearing their Rethink Rebuild Society vests, they shovelled sand into sandbags which were then taken by local families to be used to protect their homes. Their involvement has been reported in the press.
In the lead up to the government vote on whether or not to bomb Syria, Rethink Rebuild were interviewed by BBC Breakfast on 2 December to discuss the alternative options to UK military airstrikes. Alternatives included a no-bombing zone to protect civilians from indiscriminate air attacks, which are the root cause of the Syrian conflict.