The Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) runs a busy drop-in six days a week in the centre of Middlesbrough. Each day includes regular activities including keep fit, a singing group, chess club, a reading group, conversation sessions etc. Practical help is also offered with donated clothing, household goods, furniture, and a food-store. Around 350 individuals benefit from MAP’s services each year.
The Allen Lane Foundation has made a contribution of £9,000 towards the salary of the project manager at its October 2019 meeting. The outcomes of the work that MAP does are considerable and include the provision of a safe space for asylum seekers and refugees to congregate, make friends and socialise; the provision of meaningful activities and opportunities; and to reduce isolation and improve cohesion.