Bolton Destitution Project

"Seeking to provide a safe environment where Refugees and Asylum Seekers can find friendship, food and practical help."

We are here> EVERY Wednesday between 10.00am and 3.00pm. We support Asylum Seekers, Refugees, destitute Asylum Seekers and their families.

We are all volunteers, except one funded caseworker. 

We are noted for going 'the extra mile' and on the other 6 days we provide many services outside of the actual drop-in, such as meeting our service users off site to complete vital paperwork.

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The Destitution Project (DP) runs a weekly Drop-In Centre in the Wesley Suite at Victoria Hall (postcode: BL1 2AF) every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm.

Asylum seekers, destitute/refused asylum seekers and refugees are welcome to visit the Drop-In and make use of our services, which include:

  • a caseworker available to help service users (there is also a casework session each Friday from 10am to 1pm, by appointment only – call the number above);
  • a trained triage team to assist our caseworker and provide further support to our service users;
  • tea, coffee and biscuits all day;
  • a hot meal cooked on the premises;
  • free donated clothes and bedding;
  • destitute service users are provided with a week's groceries, toiletries etc., as needed;
  • table tennis, pool and football tables;
  • English lessons and many other classes, e.g., arts and crafts;
  • a free barber;
  • if we have excess donated food items they are given away to service users.

Everything we offer is FREE for our service users, however, first priority is given to refused asylum seekers (with no recourse to public funds), asylum seekers and then refugees.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate school-aged children at the Drop In on Wednesdays. Please call our caseworker at 07860389275 who can arrange an appointment to see you if you need to come in with school-aged children.

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We're looking for help! >>

English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

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