Bolton Destitution Project

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

The Destitution Project

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.

We also:

  • Accompany and support our service users at Home Office appeals, recently at Manchester, Bradford and Liverpool.
  • We visit those in detention and arrange representation for them.
  • Deliver food to those too infirm to collect from us.
  • Make travel plans, buy travel tickets and meet them at bus and train stations.
  • Collect and deliver food and donated items.
  • Visit organisations and speak about the life of an Asylum seeker and how we at D.P. help.
  • Teach English in other premises.
  • Obtain accommodation for those homeless.
We have connections with Manchester night shelters and are trying with Bolton, City of Sanctuary to set up a night shelter in Bolton.

We are founder members of Bolton, City of Sanctuary who do marvellous work. https://bolton.cityofsanctuary.org

We have links with BAND who specialise in mental health issues and visit us and support our clients. http://www.band.org.uk

The BHA attend us and help with our clients medical needs. https://www.thebha.org.uk

We have many activities at the drop-in - see these >

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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