The Early Action Project empowers newly dispersed asylum seekers by providing information and advice. It provides them with the skills, confidence and resilience to navigate the system, with the aim of preventing and de-escalating the crises people face as early as possible in their asylum journey.
At NNRF we do this through the New Arrivals Clinic where newly dispersed asylum seekers are registered for English classes, supported to access health care services, obtain legal advice and assisted with other immediate needs. Volunteers act as Asylum Guides, by providing useful information, through interpreters, on the asylum system to help them understand the process.
clients said they felt more confident after being provided with information about the UK asylum system.
clients were assisted to obtain specialist support from health care professionals, which would have been missed if it wasn’t for our input through support and advocacy.
clients were successfully relocated following hate crime incidents.
I was not able to access the internet due to the pandemic as I relied on using the Wi-Fi in shops, you took the time to print and send me information packs in my language, that effort will never be forgotten, thank you.
Zainab was a newly dispersed asylum seeker who approached us for support when arrived in Nottingham with her two children. She was a domestic abuse survivor and suffered from PTSD. At General Advice, Zainab was given information about her rights and entitlements as an asylum seeker and was supported by the New Arrivals Clinic.
She was given information about NNRF and the services she could be referred to, and she was able to access immediate help to understand letters received from the Home Office which required urgent attention. An appointment was booked for her with a local solicitor who agreed to look into her case. Zainab was referred to internal projects and received weekly phone calls from a New Arrivals Clinic volunteer, who further referred her to different agencies for additional support such as befriending, food, clothes and toys packages for her and her children.
This client said: “Thank you NNRF for all your hard work, you made me feel human again”.
I feel prepared of what lies ahead now that I know more about the asylum system, thank you for the information and taking the time to call me every week, I feel like someone genuinely cares for my wellbeing.