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.
Also, there is the Move On service for newly granted refugees. Please contact Bradford Council for appointments on 07970 924368.
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