This Project operates a weekly drop-in session for around 50-60 refugees and asylum seekers, and also runs twice-weekly ESOL classes in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Volunteers are on hand to help with practical issues, offer friendship and opportunities to take part in social activities. Other services attend the drop-in on an outreach basis to offer advice and support – such as Citizens’ Advice, housing teams, the local police, asylum health teams, legal bodies and others. The ESOL classes partly focus on life skills and information about living in the UK, the local area, training and jobs and benefits around 100 people each year.
At the October 2018 meeting, Trustees awarded the Project a contribution of £3,000 towards its general running costs. Outcomes of the work include improved communication skills and opportunities to access further education and employment, increased self-confidence, and reduced social isolation.