This project is now in its ninth consecutive year. As demand for the project has grown significantly over the years so have the dynamics of the project. The word of mouth amongst service users was and remains our primary method for raising the awareness around Refugee and Asylum Seekers advocacy and how it can support individuals. Many of the people we support are socially isolated, marginalised and left with little or no support to deal with overwhelming and debilitating issues. As well as providing one-to-one case advocacy we continue to facilitate two Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy clinics.
Our 360-degree support for this demographic is unique, and thus vital, within North Tyneside.
Our thanks to both Lloyds Foundation and the Henry Smith Charity for their support of this work.
Anyone seeking advocacy support is welcome at either of our clinics, at which our advocate who specialises in supporting Asylum Seekers & Refugees is available. No appointment is necessary.
Mondays at St Luke’s Church, Frank Street, Wallsend, from 11am–1pm
Wednesdays at the Baptist Church, Howard Street, North Shields, 11am–1pm
We have developed mutually-beneficial collaborations with St Luke’s Church which also offers English language lessons and lunches to those in need. These clinics provide advocacy drop-in sessions for refugees and asylum seekers.
The clinics allow people to access the service—without an appointment—providing information, signposting and the support to make a referral for an advocate. Much of this work focuses on developing people’s skills and confidence to enable them to self-advocate where possible.