In cases of severe hardship, meals and food parcels are available from the Good Shepherd Ministry at Darlington Street Methodist Church, 24 School Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4LF. 01902-399955. [email protected] . http://www.gsmwolverhampton.org.uk/ . To register to use their services, you will need (where these are available): Name, Postcode, Phone number, Nationality, National Insurance number, Date of Birth, also Names and Dates of Birth of any children. These could be provided by a letter from City of Sanctuary. They are open seven days a week – Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 pm until 3 pm for hot meals, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for sandwiches and take-out food, and on Tuesdays hot food is served from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. They may also be able to provide furniture from their furniture warehouse in Bilston – Our contact for refugee-related enquiries is Ann Reaney (0784-500-3656) of the Good Shepherd Ministry charity shop (58 Church Street, Bilston, WV14 0AX. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop: 0751-061-8752. https://www.gsmwolverhampton.org.uk/programme-services/charity-shop ). For furniture, if you are not registered to receive Good Shepherd Ministry services, ask a W’ton City of Sanctuary worker to make contact for you (e.g., at the weekly City of Sanctuary asylum-seekers’ and refugees’ Drop-In session). The shop and furniture warehouse would very much appreciate donations of goods to replenish their stocks – Large donations can be collected by contacting the shop on 0751-061-8752 (Also house clearances and furniture collection).
The Refugee and Migrant Centre of the Black Country will help anyone within the Black Country area, regardless of country of origin, ethnicity, legal status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Their mission is to tackle urgent issues and disadvantage among asylum seekers, refugees & migrants, and to promote long term solutions to the problems they face. Refugee & Migrant Centre, 1st Floor, Roma Parva, 9 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4NB. Tel: 01902-311554 ( switchboard). Website: www.rmcentre.org.uk . Email: [email protected] . CLICK HERE for ESOL leaflet (in 5 languages).
Wolverhampton College offer a wide range of full- and part-time courses, including ESOL for 16-18 year olds at Wellington Road, Bilston, and ESOL for 19+ at Paget Road, Wolverhampton. Fees depend on your exact circumstances, so you need to ask the college before you commit yourself. Phone: 01902-836000. Email: [email protected] . CLICK HERE for information about other ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses in Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton Adult Education Service offer ESOL courses for anyone who’s first language is not English. Enrolment is in September and February, and fees depend on your exact circumstances, so you need to ask the college before you commit yourself. Courses may be available in various locations in Wolverhampton. Office Address: Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AU (Near the tram stop). Enquiries: 01902-558180. Email: [email protected] . Website: www.aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk . CLICK HERE for information about other ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses in Wolverhampton.
The Job Change project can help asylum seekers and refugees to improve their job prospects (although asylum seekers will need to wait until they obtain refugee-status before they can take PAID work). Address: 10 Red Lion Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4HL. Telephone: 01902 714224. Email: [email protected] . Websites: http://www.jobchange2007.com/ and http://win.wolverhampton.gov.uk/kb5/wolverhampton/directory/service.page?id=dNof06KdE4A .
Housing Support Services – Refugees
City of Wolverhampton Council, Housing Outreach Team – Telephone: 01902 555760
E-mail: [email protected]
Locally, the British Red Cross can help with refugee support and International Family Tracing, within the Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands areas. Contact: Bradbury House, 7, Lowe Street, Camp Hill, Birmingham, B12 0ER. Telephone: 0121 766 5444.
Europe Refugee Crisis Support Line: 0800 107 8727 (daily from 9am – 7pm) co-ordinates offers of help.
The Hope Community Project have been working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees since 2001. Very dedicated volunteers provide ESOL support (English for Speakers of Other Languages). “As long as we have the tutors, people can come from anywhere in the city. It is predominately for those who have no access to public funding but we try not to turn anyone away”. The Petals of Hope Women’s group is for all women to have a space to socialise, practice speaking English, learn new skills and confidence and to integrate. “Lots of friendships are made in this group. We have recently opened another session as many mums have children of nursery school age and cannot attend the group unless the child is in school”. This is dependent on volunteer qualified childcare practitioners (MORE NEEDED!) to run a creche, otherwise there is no provision for pre-school children whose mums want to learn ESOL (There are no funds to provide a paid worker).
Manager Sue Allen, Hope Community Project, 40 Ling House, Long Ley, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0HH. 01902-556645. Email: [email protected] Website: http://hopecommunityproject.org.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hope-Community-Project-Wolverhampton-335876873140440
Hope into Action houses and provides support to the homeless, including refugees of any religion, in partnership with local churches. Email: [email protected] Phone: 07910 757 392. Facebook: www.facebook.com/HiABlackCountry
“ACH is an award-winning specialist housing and training provider that delivers settlement and resettlement services to refugees, vulnerable homeless and other displaced individuals”. Read About Us Here. Website: http://ashleyhousing.com Phone: 01902-429163. Email: [email protected] Visit: 3rd Floor, Derwent House, 42-46 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4XB (by the ring-road traffic lights).
The Women & Families Resource Centre (including the ‘Sisters with Heart’ befriending project) welcomes Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants. “Our main aim is to facilitate the integration of Women into the community whilst empowering them to identify their own needs, create their own solutions and make their own choices, so that they have lasting improvements to the quality of their life”. First & Second Floors, 3 Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, WV3 0TZ. 01902-219797. Mobile: 0784 692 2423 or 0745 038 0705. Email: [email protected] . Website: www.awos.org.uk . Click HERE for Weekly Women’s Group Poster.
For Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Parents: The Life Pregnancy Matters Centre at 12 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton Town Centre, WV1 1DG (01902-420083) is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and may be able to provide items for babies and children, including push-chairs, cots and clothing, free. It can be accessed via the Life Charity Shop on the ground floor. They would welcome donations of baby equipment and items which can be sold in the shop. Collection of large items can be arranged (01902-420656). Email: [email protected] .
A local group which organises social and training activities for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Drop-in Sessions Monday and Thursday, 11 am to 2:30 pm, at 52, Moat House Lane East, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 3DD. Free Tea & Coffee! Click HERE for Mission Statement. Website: migrantempowermentgroup.co.uk/ Phone: 0771 315 6506. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/migrantempowermentgroup/
Interfaith Wolverhampton provide education aimed specifically at nurturing and disseminating knowledge and understanding of the rich diversity of religious beliefs and practices within the City of Wolverhampton, with the purpose of supporting community cohesion through dialogue and collaboration on specific projects. Their Diary Page is frequently updated with local events and meetings. Tel: 01902-427601.
Restore (Birmingham) run training sessions about refugee issues and befriending. Training is offered free of charge, but donations towards costs are welcome. See the Diary Page for any near-future courses, or contact Jeremy Thompson, Befriending Co-ordinator: Tel. 0121 236 0069 or Email [email protected] .
The Hope Projects work with asylum-seekers in the West Midlands (mainly Birmingham). They arrange accommodation and support, and are now accredited to offer legal advice and representation. Website: http://www.hope-projects.org.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopeProjectsBirmingham/ Address: Hope Projects, 110 Hamstead Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B20 2QS. Email: [email protected] Newsletters: Summer and Autumn . [Their partners include: Restore, Refugee Action, British Red Cross, Entraide, BIRCH Network, The Refugee and Migrant Centre (Wolverhampton & Black Country) ].
The University of Wolverhampton is able to provide short courses to enable graduate and post-graduate refugees and asylum-seekers to make the best use of their skills in this country. This includes those who are allowed “No recourse to public funds”, but depends on sufficient donations having been received to finance these courses. If you can help with this, please contact the Dean of Students, Jon Elsmore, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY. Tel: 01902 321000. Email: [email protected] . Graduate and post-graduate refugees and asylum-seekers can seek advice from the Education Guidance Advisors, Tel: 01902 321032. Email: [email protected] .
Web: www.wlv.ac.uk/gateway . In addition, the Chaplains are experienced in offering guidance, support and spiritual direction and are available and ready to talk to students of any religion or none. If you would like to see a chaplain then please telephone either Rev. David Weller on 01902 322904 or the secretary on 01902 322903 or else call in at the Chaplaincy Centre.
Aladdin’s Education Ltd is a private tuition company also offering its services to new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees – ESOL Classes (£3 or less), GCSE English and Maths, and a variety of Sports and Martial Arts Clubs. Phone: 07507-380036. Website: http://www.aladdinseducation.com/home.html . Email: [email protected] . Click Here for Poster/Flier. Recruiting both qualified and unqualified teachers, including ESOL.
Local Support Group for Christian ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex’ Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Meets twice a month on Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm ‘to provide a safe, welcoming, confidential, inclusive, social, supportive, prayerful space’. Church of St Chad & St Mark, Lime Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0HG. For more details and dates: Espoir Njei = 07476-084698, Festus Osuji = 07902-473521, Revd David Babbington = 07931-421017 or [email protected] . Click HERE for poster.
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group assist those who seek refuge in the UK from countries where LGBTI people are persecuted. They provide support & information via their helpline and in person, refer to solicitors, and visit detention centres. Asylum Support Worker Tel: 020 7922 7811 (Monday – Friday during office hours). Email: [email protected] . Website: http://uklgig.org.uk/?page_id=435 . Address: UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), 32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH. “In order to ensure that your case is properly presented, it is essential to consult a lawyer who specialises in asylum law and who, preferably, has represented LGBTI asylum seekers before. If at all possible, you should consult the lawyer before applying for political asylum”. Details of other helpful organisations (and other advice) can be found at: http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/asylum-advice-for-lgbt-refugees/ .
Migrant Children’s Project – Free Legal Advice and Information on the rights of refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people, from [email protected] and from 0207 636 8505. CLICK HERE for two-page pdf leaflet. www.childrenslegalcentre.com/index.php?page=migrant_children
The No Accommodation Network is committed to bringing an end to destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds living in the UK. Most of their members work primarily with asylum seekers whose asylum claims have been rejected, but for a variety of reasons have not been removed from the UK. Individuals in this position are not entitled to benefits or housing, and cannot work. The purpose of their website is to enable those who are working to end destitution in the UK amongst asylum seekers and other migrants, through accommodation and practical support, to share ideas and best practice.
A small charity, Medical Justice is the only UK organisation that arranges for independent volunteer doctors to visit men, women and children in immigration detention. We reach 1,000 detainees a year. The doctors document detainees’ scars of torture and challenge medical mistreatment, including lack of medication and access to hospital. Medical casework evidence informs our research. We challenge the Home Office to secure lasting change. Where that fails, we may litigate. We provide lawyers with evidence of systemic healthcare failures. MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Referrals are accepted from detainees, their legal representatives, family members, befrienders, medical professionals and organisations supporting the detainee. There is no charge to make a referral to Medical Justice and we do not use agents or third parties to deal with referrals to Medical Justice.
Make an online referral now: https://refer-mj.caseworkerconnectonline.org/.
Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It brings together groups and artists of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country.
“Info4Migrants” National website including information for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
For the Refugee Week Home Page, Click Here.