Asylum seekers arrive in Plymouth from some of the most dangerous and oppressive regions in the world, but the process of claiming asylum can be lengthy, bureaucratic and unfair.
Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support is funded independently by grants and indivdual donations. We accept donations online, as well as practical household items and clothing at our centre in Plymouth.
As an independent organisation, we rely entirely on grants and donations to meet our costs, and are hugely grateful to our supporters. Please scroll down to read more about our ethical approach to funding. The easiest way to donate to our charity is through localgiving.com - through their site we can accept secure debit and credit card transfers, as well as paypal. We also accept cheques made payable to ‘Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support’.
Clothing and household items
Clothes for all ages, bedding, cookware and other useful household items are all gratefully received. On asylum support, a single adult subsists on £36.62 per week as of June 2015. Those who the Home Office have deemed ineligible for support get nothing, and are not allowed to work or claim mainstream benefits. Service users can collect up to two items per week from our store, at no charge.
Leave a gift in your will
By leaving a gift in your will, you can help ensure that asylum seekers and refugees continue to get the support they need to settle down and rebuild their lives. Depending on the amount, you may also qualify for a lower rate of inheritance tax by donating to a charity. Click below for information from charitychoice.co.uk and legacy10.com - two websites giving free advice on how to leave a charity in your will:
At DCRS, our board of trustees has operational oversight of the budget to ensure that we use grants and donations as carefully and responsibly as possible. Our financial reports are published annually and can be downloaded from the 'about' section of this website. What does this mean in practice? It means that we will find free or low-cost solutions to our costs wherever possible. Most importantly, it means that the interests of our service users are the primary concern when making budget decisions. To give just a few examples:
- This website was built free of charge with help from staff and volunteers.
- Our IT suite was paid for by an 'Awards for All' grant from the Big Lottery.
- In 2012, our downstairs offices were re-decorated for free thanks to the Give Back Project and About Time projects in Plymouth
- The Citizen's Advice Bureau have kindly replaced broken office furniture and provided IT support at no cost.
- Any donated clothing or bedding that is too worn or damaged for use is sold to a fabric recycling company in Plymouth. The proceeds go straight back into our overheads and destitution services.