As a charity with limited finances, our budget is stretched as far as possible to meet the best interests of asylum seekers in Devon and Cornwall. Joint projects and efficient referrals to other organisations help us to work faster, adapt to changes in law and accomplish more with what we have. We work closely with partners in Plymouth to ensure that there is no overlap between our service and theirs.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
> Students and Refugees Together (START)
START’s mission is to work in partnership with families, individuals and organisations to facilitate the transition of refugees from people in need to self-reliant contributors to their local communities.
> British Red Cross
The Red Cross run a welcome project in Plymouth, introducing new asylum seekers to the area and putting them in touch with local services. They can sometimes provide financial support for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. The Red Cross also provides a tracing and messaging service for families separated by conflict or disaster.
> Plymouth Access to Housing (PATH)
PATH is a charity that supports people vulnerable to homelessness in Devon. PATH offers a range of accommodation-based services from work with rough sleepers through to support for people to maintain their tenancies. The Refugee Housing Support Service (RHSS) provides housing-related support to refugees. The service addresses resettlement, housing, accessing services, developing independence and integration options and opportunities.
> NHS Asylum Seekers and Refugees Mental Health Team
In addition to an initial assessment the team provides intervention to improve mental well being and prevent deterioration, and assists clients in accessing other mental health specialists such as psychiatrists and psychotherapists. 95% of the work carried out by the team is performed by interpreters, either via telephone or face to face, depending on the clients' choice.
> Plymouth Hope
Aims to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded; the promotion of racial harmony; advancing education and raising awareness about different racial groups; to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups and community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities and coaching for the playing of football. The charity also assists its overseas branches using sport as tool for poverty relief in education and health.
> Plymouth City Council
> Devon and Cornwall Food Association
DCFA ensures that usable, in-date food does not go to landfill but is distributed to those most in need, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions and ensuring that those in need within our communities can access healthy food and improve their lifestyles.
> Plymouth Play Association
Plymouth Play Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation which provides a range of services for people of all ages and interests. It has a scrap store, art shop and workshops.
> Give Back Project
Set up and run by asylum seekers, the Give Back project offers help to many charities and events around Plymouth. Give Back consists of a large, well-organised team of volunteers who can take on a huge variety of projects and see them through to the end.
Other migrant groups
> Racial Equality Council
PDREC is an independent and impartial registered charity working across Plymouth, Exeter and Devon to promote equality of opportunity and towards eliminating racial discrimination. They have offices in Plymouth and Exeter.
> Citizen’s Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau helps people to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policy makers.
> Amber Initiatives
Amber Initiatives is a non- for- profit organisation. Its objective is to provide assistance to migrant workers working in the UK or those who plan to do so. They specialise in support of migrants from within the EU.
Plymouth Focus Advice Centre
Free, independent and confidential advice to the general public within the Mutley and Greenbank areas of Plymouth on money related issues. The Drop In Centre is available on Saturday mornings 10am - 12pm based at Mutley Baptist Church (enter via church reception at the back of the church on Napier Terrace).
> About Time
“About Time” is a project run by volunteers and involving people from all backgrounds. Twice a week “About Time” offers free lunches for asylum seekers and refugees and all others in need, followed by language classes especially aimed at refugees or asylum seekers who have been in the UK less than six months or those on the waiting list for other provision in Plymouth. It is based at Stoke Damerel Parish Centre.
> Migrant Legal Project
Based in south-west England, Migrant Legal Project delivers publicly funded and not-for-profit legal advice and representation.
> The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
ILPA is a professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law.
> Bhatia Best
These Legal Aid solicitors based in Nottingham assist our clients with urgent housing, wellbeing and immigration matters. The firm have a dedicated department that have experience of conducting court proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
> Devon Chambers
We are extremely grateful to Jennifer Tear, a barrister at Devon Chambers, who has provided pro-bono legal advice to our clients on matters not covered by Legal Aid funding.