Based in Plymouth city centre, we provide advice, support, education, IT facilities and a friendly communal space for asylum seekers in the region.
If you have applied for asylum and live in Devon or Cornwall, you can come to our drop-in during opening hours or call us on 01752 265 952. If you are in the UK for other reasons, please see our 'partners' page to find other support agencies in the area.
Our drop-in is open 10am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.
Advice and Support
Our project support workers are here to provide specialist, impartial advice to asylum seekers in Devon and Cornwall. We work closely with health services, solicitors, local charities and Plymouth city council to provide a comprehensive package of support for our service users. Our aim is to promote independence, prevent destitution and encourage integration of our service users into the local community.
A dedicated team of volunteers run free English classes for asylum seekers at our centre in Plymouth three days every week. We accept learners of all abilities, with no waiting lists and no need to pre-book. Just show up at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - 1pm - 2pm
Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery, we have eight computers available for free internet access. This facility is available to asylum seekers and can be an essential way of keeping in contact with family, friends and legal representatives. To use our internet facility, people just need to sign in at reception and then speak to the volunteer running the suite on that particular day.
"DCRS plays a hugely important role in safeguarding the wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in the city" - Migrant Legal Project
Emergency Food Support
Our food store is run entirely by our team of friendly, hard-working volunteers. We provide weekly food parcels to asylum seekers and refugees who have no other means of supporting themselves. If you know someone who might be eligible for food parcels, feel free to call our office and we can discuss a referral with you. Our food is provided in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Food Association.
A limited quantity of clothing, bedding and baby items are available to any asylum seekers in the region, free of charge. Please call us on 01752 265 952 to check on which days our clothing store is open.
We rely entirely on donations for our store and are hugely grateful for any items received.