Bolton Destitution Project

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

Useful Links

Hosting Scheme

Two of the Destitution Project Triage team are Hosting Co-ordinators of the scheme.

City of Sanctuary is a national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. Our Bolton group was launched on 31st March 2016.

For many years Bolton has offered a home to people whose lives were in danger in their own countries. Many have lost their homes and families, but they have brought new skills, music, food, and hard work to our town. Over the past year there have been increasing concerns about the number of asylum seekers in Bolton being refused asylum, subsequently being made destitute with no recourse to public funds.

As a result of this growing problem City of Sanctuary Bolton have established a hosting scheme, which involves individuals across Bolton voluntarily offering a spare bedroom to a destitute asylum seeker or refugee. We are in urgent need of new hosts.

If you think you could be in a position to host, or would like to find out more about helping to make Bolton a safer and more welcoming town for those seeking sanctuary, please contact Abby and James on 01204 263023 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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BRASS: Befriending Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Some of the many Services available at Brass:

  • English classes
  • Working in the UK
  • Immigration Advice
  • Allotment project
  • Social Work Placements
  • Conversation Café
  • Health checks

Open five days a week. Monday to Friday. Visit:

Red Cross-

The Red Cross run a Drop-In similar to ours in the SAME Hall as us. Every MONDAY from 10.00 am to 3pm.

City of Sanctuary Bolton

Refugees Wecome - See link:

Food Bank: Urgent donations required > >

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

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.

Download The RefAID App

A single point for refugees to find information and for NGOs to provide it. The Refugee Aid App mobile app shows migrants, refugees and aid workers where services are closest to them on a map with a very simple interface.

A web based content management and communication system allows official aid organizations to manage and update their services and to get their critical aid to where it is most urgently needed.