Your donation this Advent will support JRS UK to accompany refugees and people seeking asylum in a spirit of hospitality and welcome.
£7 enables a refugee to travel to resilience building activities
£40 provides a monthly travel grant, enabling refugees to travel to our Day Centre and attend essential medical and legal appointments throughout the week
£100 provides emergency hardship grants to refugees
£191 supplies a week of hot , nutritious food to 120 refugees visiting our Day Centre
Deprived of the right to work and precluded from accessing any benefits, those struggling to gain refugee status in the UK have no means to afford to pay for their basic needs. The gruelling impact of forced destitution leaves many feeling “shunned from society, ostracised, and not allowed to take part in community activities”, as one of our refugee friends described.
Our weekly Day Centre is a welcoming space where everyone is known, cared for and greeted by name. Offering hospitality to around 240 refugees each month, the Day Centre provides for essentials like a freshly cooked hot meal, toiletry packs and a weekly £10 travel grant. Not only do these travel grants allow our refugee friends to get from A to B but it enables them to access justice, to visit friends, and to participate in community.
Han, one of our refugee friends, has been coming to JRS for about a year. “The Home Office has identified me as a person with no purpose in life,” Han explains, “I have been denied housing, healthcare, legal aid and I don’t have any money to support myself, so this is very good help for me.”
A committed Catholic, Han loves to participate and sing in the JRS Gospel Choir, one of the weekly activities run alongside the Day Centre to help counter the crushing sense of isolation that many of our refugee friends experience. Han explains that singing in the choir “rejuvenates the mind, the soul. It encourages me to face challenges in life.” Without the travel money provided by JRS UK, Han would be unable to attend the choir as the tube travel is prohibitively expensive.
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Another of our refugee friends, Susan, needs to travel to hospital for essential appointments multiple times a week. Susan has often made the long arduous journey across London by foot as she can’t afford the bus fare. The £10 travel grant may feel like a small amount of money but Susan explains “that £10, to me it felt like £100!” Without JRS’s travel grant, Susan would be forced to walk to her hospital appointments each week.
Raymond has been supported by JRS for about five years, as he has battled to be recognised as a refugee, and so receive the international protection he is entitled to. Raymond describes the Day Centre as offering “an opportunity for refugees to meet, to share our stories, share the situations that we face.” It is a hugely important support to him, but getting to the Day Centre is only made possible by the travel grant JRS provides.
We are only able to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of destitute and detained refugees thanks to the generous and faithful support of our donors, volunteers, and parishes. Without such help, our work wouldn’t be possible.
Your donation this Advent will support JRS UK to accompany destitute refugees and people seeking asylum, like Han, Raymond and Susan, in a spirit of hospitality, welcome and love.
“When I came to JRS I found each volunteer trying to put in their best effort to welcome me with my name, which in itself is a source of comfort. Each time, each encounter gives me strength to fight for my life.” Han, one of our refugee friends.
Please make cheques payable to “Jesuit Refugee Service” and send to: JRS UK, The Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, London, E1W 2QT
Gift Aid it!
If you Gift Aid your donations we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to JRS UK. This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donations if you are a UK tax payer.
You can set up a regular donation online through the button above, or if you prefer to send the form by post please download our regular giving donation form.
Through your Parish or Community
You can organise a collection for JRS UK and send the money to us on behalf of your group. If you would like help or support, please contact us or DOWNLOAD OUR PARISH TALK.