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Leicestershire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Orientation and Support Service

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Thanks to a grant of £273,023 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010, the support service is helping over 1,050 refugees and asylum seekers to survive destitution, access vital services and meet their needs independently. The service is funded to run until 2015.

What the project offers:

  • Casework volunteers work on a one-to-one basis with individuals, making sure that their needs are being met.
  • Food, clothing, hygiene items and toiletries are given out when needed, because refugees and asylum seekers often cannot afford them.
  • Short-term emergency accommodation is provided for homeless refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers are often unaware of vital services, or are unsure how to use them. The Red Cross therefore provides an information booklet, help with applications and transport vouchers to reach these services.  
  • Volunteering opportunities are provided, giving individuals UK work experience and references. 

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