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Why this work is so important
Our work supporting people who have recently relocated to our country is so very important to us.
Can you imagine having to flee the place you call home? Leaving your family, your job, your friends and coming to a country where you don't speak the language, where everything is new and unfamiliar and knowing you could be moved on again any day. This uncertainty and restrictions on working make it so difficult for asylum seekers to ever feel at home and for others such as refugees and those with no recourse to public funds a lack of income and family pressures make day to day so difficult and often isolating.
We offer a range of support including social activities, access to food and hot meals, advocacy and help in sourcing essentials such as furniture and clothing
Family & Perinatal Support
Parenting can be difficult at the best of times but for those individuals and families who may speak a different language, have their culture and values understood and honoured it can be extremely difficult, almost impossible to find the support you need. Add to that a high chance of trauma and poverty and it becomes clear why we are so passionate about identifying and supporting those who need our assistance.
Migrant Destitution Fund
We are proud to be the nominated organisation in this area. The Migrant Destitution Fund supports migrant people who have "no recourse to public funds" - a policy which leaves people unable to meet their basic needs, not supported by the state and not allowed to do paid work to support themselves. We are able to offer some level of financial support to people under this criteria. Please contact us for more information.
We are often told that cooking and hosting is something our friends really miss. Limited income and living in shared accommodation means that access to homely food is rare. We thought it would be a great idea to open our kitchen up and allow guests to cook for others. Each week we have a guest host who cooks a favourite meal from their home country and from day one it was a huge success with on average 10 countries represented each week. As the project progressed we went on to hold a weekly raffle and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes.