23 June 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visited a British Red Cross drop-in centre for refugees on Wednesday.
The Derby-based centre is set in a local church. The team provides emergency support for people including food, clothing, sleeping bags and small amounts of cash. They also give visitors one-to-one advice on their rights and entitlements to find sustainable routes out of crisis.
Red Cross support for refugees and asylum seekers is well established in Derby. The weekly drop-in at St. Peter’s Church has been running for the past three years.
Justin Welby said: "The partnership between the Red Cross and St Peter's in the city is wonderful. It's a gift to the church to be able to work with refugees – it makes the church a better place and it brings more richness of life."
Contributing to the community
Red Cross service manager Mark Dunn said: “It’s great to have the Archbishop visiting our drop-in service to see first-hand the difficulties that refugees and asylum seekers experience in Derby and the UK on a daily basis.
“Most importantly, he passionately emphasised that people fleeing persecution and conflict are humans and should never be treated as anything less. He thanked the refugees and asylum seekers present for the contribution which they give to our community.”
The Red Cross is the largest provider of refugee services in the UK. We helped over 9,000 destitute asylum seekers and refugees in 2015. We offer food parcels, clothing and small amounts of emergency cash.
The Red Cross is not a political or religious organisation. Our neutrality means we can offer unconditional help to people in need, whoever and wherever they are.