Jubilee +

Jubilee + was formed to “provide leadership, training and resources to inspire and enable the church to address social exclusion issues and impacts”.  Its work is national, and includes producing research and reports on particular topics, delivering training, and addressing issues around inequality and poverty.

At the October 2019 meeting, the Foundation awarded a grant totalling £7,000 towards a specific project titled ‘the Refugee Resource Centre for Churches’.  This project has been established to fill the gap in information and support for churches wanting to reach out to refugees and asylum seekers.  It provides useful resources, ‘How to’ guides, news updates, mapping of local projects and helps build the capacity of churches.  Plans for the coming year include working with refugee organisations to develop and run regional conferences that will garner support; strengthening established partnerships and growing new projects; and the creation of a strong alliance of church networks that actively reach out to refugees and asylum seekers.

www.jubilee-plus.org

Swansea Asylum Seekers Support

This charity offers a twice-weekly drop-in session for asylum seekers in the city centre of Swansea.  The drop-ins help to welcome newcomers to the city, offer useful signposting, translation, advice and referrals to other services.  Around 80 people attend each week, and also benefit from a hot meal and refreshments, informal ESOL, and social activities.

In October 2019, Allen Lane has awarded a three-year grant totalling £11,000 to Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.  The grant will contribute towards the general core and running costs of the service.  Outcomes of the work include sustaining a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees; increasing the chance of individuals’ asylum cases through the provision of casework; and reduced isolation and distress.

www.sass.wales

 

The Family Forge

Based in Skelmersdale in West Lancashire, this organisation works to support a growing refugee and asylum seeker community.  It offers a variety of classes, such as English language, online driving theory, CV development, food safety and more.  It is filling a gap for asylum seekers and refugees to access ESOL classes locally.  Between 130 and 150 people a year benefit from the classes, as well as advocacy, help liaising with services, advice and guidance.

In June 2019 the Allen Lane Foundation offered funding over two years – £2,000 per annum – towards the organisation’s core costs, particularly its rent and bills.  Outcomes of the work are expected to include improved happiness and wellbeing in individuals; improved confidence and progress in using the English language; and improved confidence in socialising.

www.familyforge.org

ToastLoveCoffee

ToastLoveCoffee is a community café, offering a warm welcome to the local community in the Harehills area of Leeds.  It operates as part of the Real Junk Food Project which helps to diver surplus edible food from local suppliers which would otherwise go to waste.   The café aims to create a culture of welcome, inclusivity and equality.  It is running projects and activities which actively reach out to members of the community, to encourage them to become involved and less isolated.

At the June 2019 meeting, Allen Lane agreed a grant totalling £5,000.  This funding is towards costs of employing a dedicated worker to expand on support provided for refugees and asylum seekers.  The worker will connect with other organisations and community groups and create a bespoke programme of support, and a safe and supportive meeting place.  Overall aims of the work are to improve the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the local community, to boost their confidence and self-esteem, and to reduce social isolation.

www.toastlovecoffee.co.uk

 

The Night Shelter

The Night Shelter is based in Coventry, and provides emergency overnight shelter, food and other basic necessities for asylum seekers and other migrants with no recourse to public funds.  It also provides practical and emotional support, to help people tackle their problems and move forward in their lives.  Around 75 individuals benefit each year.  They are supported by a large team of active volunteers, many of whom have direct experience themselves of the asylum system, destitution and detention.

At the February 2019 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation agreed a three-year grant to The Night Shelter. The grant is £3,000 per annum towards the charity’s general running costs. Outcomes for the work are increased safety and the relief of hardship for people who are otherwise destitute, and increased opportunities to access relevant advice and re-engage or further engage with the asylum system.

www.coventrynightshelter.my-free.website

 

Amma Birth Companions

Amma Birth Companions is a relatively new constituted voluntary group based in Glasgow.  It was established to support asylum seeker and refugee women through pregnancy, birth, and becoming new mothers.  The group will offer focused one-to-one supported, complemented by an open-ended social, user-led peer support group.  Referrals will come from partner organisations including refugee projects, health bodies, the Red Cross and others.

The Foundation has awarded a grant of £6,438 to Amma Birth Companions at its Trustee meeting in February 2019.  The grant will fund the expenses and costs related to providing pre-natal and at-birth support to 25 women over the coming year, plus supervision and learning for ten birth companion volunteers.  Outcomes of Amma Birth Companions support for the women are that they will have reduced fear and anxiety, increased confidence and reduced isolation.

www.ammabirthcompanions.org

 

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.

Kent Refugee Help

This charity was initially established to provide support, advice and assistance to immigration detainees held at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.  Since that Centre’s closure in 2015, Kent Refugee Help’s focus moved to support people detained in Kent prisons and also HMP Pentonville in London.  It works with foreign national prisoners – some of the clients are in prison under immigration regulations, being deemed too high risk to be placed in a removal centre.  Others may be refugees,
former unaccompanied minors, EU migrants, those with long residence who came to the UK with their parents when they were young, and people who are undocumented or stateless.

Many of the people the charity works with have been detained indefinitely; they may have severe mental health issues, and some have made repeated suicide attempts as they felt so helpless.  Most are denied legal aid and have complicated legal issues.  The charity holds bi-monthly surgeries at two prisons, where it signposts and helps people access legal advice and representation. In doing so, it aims to improve the wellbeing of people detained.

At the October 2018 Trustee meeting, the Foundation offered a general contribution of £5,000 to the charity’s running costs.

www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk

Burslem Jubilee Project

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.

English +

English + is a charity working in Norwich which aims to help new communities settle into the local area.  It supports adult refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrant communities, and assists with providing English language classes, informal conversation classes, and an art and craft session, as well as support in any other ways.  This includes help with housing issues, volunteering opportunities, access to services, and signposting to other support agencies.  More than 100 people a week access its services each week, and benefit from better inclusion into the local community and increased opportunities.

In June 2018, English + was offered a grant from the Foundation totalling £4,005.  This will help to contribute towards the part-time coordinator and also help provide bus passes to students to enable them to access classes.

www.englishplus.org.uk