Justice First is a registered charity which helps people in the Tees Valley who are seeking asylum. It helps those whose appeals have been rejected to re-engage with the legal system, and offers advice, information, casework support, and a friendly and welcoming environment. Around 500-600 people are assisted each year.
The charity has been offered a three-year grant of £5,000 pa in June 2016. The funding will support the core running costs of Justice First, and enable it to continue supporting asylum seekers. Overall aims are to increase the support offered to individuals, increase the awareness-raising activities run, and reduce the stress and isolation felt by clients, thus improving their well-being.