This project helps destitute refused asylum seekers with their immediate needs and provides support around their immigration cases via referrals to relevant services or partner organisations. The project takes a holistic approach as there is very rarely only one area of concern when dealing with this vulnerable group.
Clients join our project following a negative decision from the Home Office and the discontinuation of Home Office support. This is an incredibly stressful and difficult time for those without support networks or family in the UK. We help by providing assistance with issues surrounding their legal case, health and wellbeing, and provide a warm, welcoming and inclusive space for clients to relax on Fridays.
The Friday Group is at the core of what we deliver. Here, clients can access a selection of groceries, toiletries, and a hot meal from our community cafe as well as gain fortnightly access to HOST’s clothes bank. To supplement this support, we offer a 4-weekly cash payment and casework support which is focused on moving clients out of destitution, including asylum support applications when eligible.
We supported 71 clients in 2022/23
We accept food donations for our Friday group
Clients have moved on to Section 4 support
Clients have been granted Leave to Remain
“I’m happy for the conversation with the volunteers and staff, the cash support and food. It makes me feel better and supported, I’m so happy. I’ve volunteered at NNRF, and it helped me a lot – I worked in the garden, it kept me busy, I meet people, it makes me feel better being with people in the same situation – they have the same issues as me. I hope to start again soon.”SFG volunteer
“We don’t just deliver food and clothing and, we also deliver hope. When we added some flowers to the packages, everybody noticed how much impact it had. Every time we deliver something, we also deliver the message: “YOU AREN’T ALONE” which is more important than anything else to someone who is alone in the country and doesn’t know anyone, doesn’t know the language and is unfamiliar with the culture here.”
Mo, food delivery volunteer