At Asylum Welcome, we are working hard to provide urgent support to our most vulnerable clients – those who are facing homelessness and destitution. We have responded promptly to the risks associated with Coronavirus and we continue to follow government guidelines.
Asylum Welcome will never abandon its clients and we are taking all possible steps to help everyone in need of support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought chaos, uncertainty and destitution – particularly for our clients. We are seeing a marked increase in issues relating to housing and homelessness. This is why we are asking for your help today.
Many of our clients are now homeless or poorly housed and many have no recourse to basic support services. Right now, they can only imagine the safety of secure housing.
This is not something that most of us can easily imagine, yet the issue of homelessness is one of the most critical facing our clients. 50% of the refugees, asylum seekers and their families that we see each year face a substantial risk of homelessness – and this has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Some of our clients who don’t normally have a right to public support have been provided with temporary housing. However, this will end when the COVID-19 emergency ends. We must be there for them – through every challenge.
We are taking all possible steps to help as many people as we can but we need your support more than ever as we turn our attention to safe housing.
For example, Abigail first came to us in 2017; she was 65 years old at the time. Abigail had been refused asylum and was becoming increasingly isolated and depressed. We supported Abigail to access a solicitor, gather vital evidence for her fresh claim and win her appeal. We also helped her to receive psychological support. When the COVID-19 lockdown started, Abigail had to leave her accommodation and was now homeless and desperate. As a result of Asylum Welcome’s hard work, she was finally housed in temporary accommodation. Abigail was in tears as she opened the door and saw her very own room. She could now sleep in a bed with a pillow (rather than a sofa) for the first time in 2 years! We supported her with essential financial support towards her service charges, food and essential living costs. Her imagined room had become a reality.
Abigail says “I want to do something so that I can give something back to the British people and to the Asylum Welcome family, to help others, to say thank you.”
With your support today we will help many more people like Abigail.
Can you help our clients access safe and secure housing, and turn imagination into reality? Please make a donation of £20, £50 or whatever you can afford.
We are so grateful for your support, kindness and solidarity and we hope you are all well, safe and healthy.