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Portsmouth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Orientation and Support Project

Donated clothes distribution. Refugeee Services, Portsmouth.© InfoPortsmouth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Orientation and Support Project

This project is helping 400 refugees and asylum seekers annually to survive destitution, access essential services and feel less isolated.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £494,793 for five years, enabling the British Red Cross to provide much-needed support for refugees and asylum seekers.

What the project offers:

  • Food vouchers, drop-in sessions and, in some cases, emergency short-term accommodation are provided, because refugees and asylum seekers often have limited access to food or shelter.
  • Refugees often have difficulty accessing legal services, or cannot afford to travel to them. The Red Cross therefore provides travel vouchers and information about local services.   
  • Volunteering opportunities are given to refugees and asylum seekers,  allowing them to improve their English and IT skills, and increase their employment prospects.
  • Social events are held for refugees, so that they do not feel isolated.
  • Local service providers are made aware of the issues faced by refugees, making sure that they treat individuals with care.
  • Each person is allocated a caseworker, who makes sure that the project is meeting that individual’s needs.

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