Slough Refugee Support

Drop-in Project

A Drop-in Service on 4 mornings a week, where trained volunteers offer advice and support to refugee and asylum seeking families settling in Slough. Their problems include destitution, legal and immigration, health, education and employment, and many issues about re-settlement in a strange land.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1079776)

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Situation

There are many pitfalls associated with re-settling in a foreign land. Asylum Seekers and refugees arriving in Slough do not know their entitlements. 36.5% of households visiting us last year were destitute with no form of income what-so-ever. They need access to medical help and to get their children into schools. As they become more settled they have difficulties with obtaining benefits, getting a bank account, getting training and employment and coping with utility bills.

Solution

Our Drop-in service is delivered by trained volunteers. At any one time we have about 30 volunteers working as receptionists, advisers, interpreters and administrative supporters, and last year 38% of the 90 or so volunteers who helped were refugees themselves. The advisers help clients to get their entitlement to basic support and shelter, access education and health facilities, open bank accounts, find legal representation, sort out debts and much, much more.