The Steps to Settlement Project will welcome asylum seekers and refugees in Slough, improve their quality of life, and facilitate self-reliance and integration. It will enhance community cohesion and support them in steps towards independence as members of the local workforce and electorate.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 October 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 September 2016
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1079776)
There is a high risk of detitution when asylum seeking people are first given leave to remain in the UK. Of 1,396 visits to our Drop-in last year, 26.8% of those visiting were destitute at the time of the visit. They are in urgent need of an income, housing , legal representation, and health care, as well as longer term settlement needs e.g education for their children and preparation for work.
By a Gateway service of advice and advocacy which will not only address the immediate problem, but set an Action Plan of steps to settlement with the aim of avoiding future crisis. The service will be delivered by volunteers and use a data-base for recording targets and all the small steps achieved. We will also provide a Ways into Work element of the project for preparation of Job-seeking skills and volunteer mentoring, to help individuals to access training, education, jobs and voluntary work.
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