Bolton Destitution Project

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

A migrant is: "A person who travels to another country or place, often in search of work." (Cambridge University Dictionary)

An Asylum Seeker is: Anyone in the world who has "a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion" (1951 UN Convention on Refugees).

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Housing: When the decision to grant leave to remain is given, a refugee is given twenty-five days’ notice to quit their Home Office provided accommodation.

As refugees they are not entitled to any preferential treatment on Council housing lists. Often, because of a delay in issuing a National Insurance number, they are unable to sign for a tenancy and become homeless. 

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What is a bogus/illegal asylum seeker? There is no such thing! Anyone may claim asylum under the Geneva and Hague Conventions.

That claim may fail for all sorts of reasons, eg. lack of documentation for British Army interpreters pre 2013 in Afghanistan. If it is safe to do so a failed claimant will be returned to his/her country of origin.

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Those newly-arrived asylum seekers, such as the people you see on TV trying to hide in lorries and trains from Calais often arrive with little or nothing.

At the Destitution Project we provide those without any other support with:

• Basic food, store cupboard items, Toiletries, toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste
• Good quality second hand clothes and if possible socks and shoes.

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"H" arrived with her 4 children in 2014 from Palestine. She fled as her husband was arrested and killed by the Israeli army.

We at The Destitution Project helped H. and her children with food parcels when her money had stopped from Home office, befriened her, made school and college applications, overcame her housing problems and GP registration.

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"S" was trafficked into the UK from Pakistan at the age of 20 in 2013. She has no idea who her parents are as she was brought up by a couple who she called auntie and uncle.

There were lots of girls in the house and they were never allowed to leave. She had no idea which country she was in and she was used as a sex slave. She is also partially deaf and has learning difficulties.

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In the Winter of 2015/2016, "B" was homeless and living on the street. Despite recently being granted leave to remain, he had failed to access the system.

We took him to the Jobcentre, then to Housing, then to a Hostel.

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"HP" escaped from the war in Afghanistan. He was homeless. We obtained accommodation for him and started to deal with his many unresolved health issues (caused while a passenger in a car crash.)

Taking him to many doctor's and hospital appointments, translating where necessary. We also gave him furniture, a washing machine and a television. He now has hearing aids, correct medication and his own studio flat.

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Tins Of Tomatoes Tins Of Sweetcorn Tins Of Tuna Tins Of Sardines Toilet Rolls

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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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