Our weekly day centre is a place where destitute asylum seekers without asylum support can come to sit and chat, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and share a simple sandwich lunch with us. It is a place to rest and to meet up with friends, familiar and new. JRS staff and volunteers offer a warm welcome and are here to listen. Together we share in troubles and joys, the quotidian and the exceptional; we look to care for each other by providing emotional support. We refer and signpost to other services that offer practical assistance.
Our hardship fund assists destitute asylum seekers with some of their basic needs. We provide a transport grant to enable people to travel to medical and legal appointments, and a monthly hygiene pack with essential items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and sanitary towels. We can also help out with small grants for educational needs and sometimes assist with exceptional needs.
We also provide, in partnership with other organisations and with the help of experienced volunteers, a programme of activites that include creative writing, photography, peer support groups (for women or for men) and cultural activities. For those who are able to participate, these opportunities provide space for building confidence, regaining hope and expressing the difficulties of the refugee journey.