Avenue Multicultural Centre

Avenue Multicultural Centre was created through a partnership of four organisations that all work to provide support and aid to refugees and asylum seekers.  Based in Southampton, the Centre acts as a weekly drop-in session where partner organisations and others offer services. Assistance includes advice, access to legal or health services for example, as well as practical help with navigating the asylum system, attending English classes, and finding accommodation, food or funds if people are destitute.  The Centre provides a friendly and welcoming space for people to make and meet friends, have some social interaction, and take part in a range of activities.

The Foundation has awarded funding in October 2018 over three years (£2,000 per annum) which is contributing towards the costs of the church venue hire for the drop-in.  Around 70 individuals attend each week, and benefit by having better access to services, improved confidence and feelings of being part of a supportive community.