Destitution Drop-in is a welcoming and safe space for asylum seekers to get advice, use computers and meet others. Normally the Drop-In is open every Tuesday at the Millside Centre, 131 Grattan Road, Bradford, BD1 2HS from 10:00 – 14:00.
For urgent help outside working hours, call the Migrant Help free asylum helpline: 0808 8010 503.
British Red Cross assists asylum seekers and refugees to find a route out of destitution by:
- providing short-term emergency provisions in the form of food vouchers, food parcels, toiletries and clothing.
- reading through client’s paperwork and suggesting a course of action
- referring/ signposting to solicitors and volunteer organisations that help people with asylum applications (and family reunion and welfare advice)
- referring/ signposting to asylum support organisations (Refugee Action, Asylum Help)
- referring clients to emergency accommodation providers (Hope Housing, Nightstop, LASSN Shortstop, Inn Churches)
- referring/ signposting to Healthcare providers (GPs and dentists) and Mental Health Services and volunteer organisations promoting mental well-being (Bradford CMHT, Solace)
- referring to orientation and befriending organisations (eg HALE, Refugee Action)
- referring to specialist organisations who provide support for refugees and asylum seekers (Bradford Women’s Aid, Bradford Rape Crisis)
- providing advice on volunteering opportunities with the Red Cross and signpost to Bradford Volunteering Centre
- advising on English Classes and other Educational courses in Bradford (Bradford College, BIASAN, Refugee Action, Landmark Centre)
- giving information about and referrals to other Red Cross Services such as International Family Tracing and Family Reunion Travel Assistance
Trained volunteers help:
- filling in forms and providing information about housing, benefits, and asylum
- making phone calls
- finding a doctor, dentist or solicitor
- providing information about jobs and courses
- using libraries, museums, etc
- using public transport
- issuing food parcels and sleeping bags to asylum seekers and refugees who are destitute