The Welfare Fund Project
To maintain a small reserve fund to help Asylum seekers and Refugees in emergency when they have no money themselves. It could, for example, be used to purchase nappies, baby milk or food for a destitute family. It could be for urgent transport, for example to attend a solicitor’s appointment.
It is on-going, rolling from year to year
Slough Refugee Support
In the year Apr 2009 to Mar 2010 there were 2,165 visits to our Service by needy households, and 36.5% of these visits were from households with no source of income what-so-ever. The aim is always to use the Fund in a way which enables a longer term solution to the problem. Eg a few pounds can enable a destitute person to get the photos needed to claim subsistence payments from the Home Office. Families may be at risk of hunger or a night on the street, or unable to get to a vital appointment.
Last year we spent £1,785 from the fund. Most of the payments given out were under £10.00. Just a few pounds can make all the difference to a person’s future. At the end of the year the Fund stood at £65, and we constantly need to top it up. We receive donations from individuals, faith groups and clubs. As explained, a little goes a long way, and we would be grateful for any donation from £5 to £500.
To help Refugees with emergency payments in order to get lasting solutions to their problems.
Activities» By giving small emergency grants governed by rigorous guidelines. These include 2 people to agree on a payment, and no more than 3 payments per client
Success will be...evidenced through the careful monitoring of the payments and the outcomes in terms of emergencies solved, e.g. legal assistance obtained.
To lift households out of destitution.
Activities» To pay for photos, transport and emergency supplies while actively seeking a long term solution to the emergency.
Success will be...evidenced through the careful monitoring of the payments and the outcomes in terms of e.g. income sources and/or accommodation obtained for households.
In the long term destitute households will be enabled to subsist, to carry forward their asylum case, to have a roof over their heads, or to integrate and settle into their new country and life. The Welfare Fund is highly cost effective in enabling long term solutions, contributing to community cohesion, and giving vulnerable adults and families emergency respite and help in the midst of confusing bureaucracy.
We avoid risk by doing everything we can to maintain a small emergency fund at all times and adhering to our guidelines. There is no risk of anyone depending on the fund because, except in exceptional circumstances, there is a maximum of 3 payments per client. In the very unusual case of needing to supply bed and breakfast we require the permission of a Trustee, and have to be working towards a longer term solution.
Through our Annual Report which shows the needs, expenditure, and describes outcomes of our work. If any donor wished, we can also supply the breakdown of expenditure on different items for any year. The categories cover: Food; Transport; Photos; Toiletries; Baby Items; Accommodation.
Budget - Project Cost: £1,800Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,800 Welfare Fund Emergency welfare payments
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Jill Franklin Trust £500 Guaranteed
It is based at our premises in Bath Road Slough. Slough has a considerable population of asylum seekers and refugees partly due to proximity to Heathrow, and also because it is a town with a highly diverse population. In spite of this, there is a great shortage of immigration solicitors in Slough, and clients have to travel some distance for the legal help required in applying for asylum, dealing with appeals, and other immigration business.
People applying for asylum in the UK and those who have been granted some form of leave to remain in the UK. People with refugee status. In some cases we help failed asylum seekers to get the papers to return with dignity to their own country. More rarely we might help an illegal migrant to regularise their status.
Because we have 13 years of experience working in this field, we are the only Drop-in Centre for all refugees and asylum seekers in Slough able to give this support, and because we have an experienced and trained team of volunteers to administer the project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
She manages the Drop-in service and recruits and trains the volunteers
She manages and keeps records of all petty cash transactions, keeps the ledger, and collates the statistics on the use of the Welfare Fund
20 Volunteer Advisers
The Volunteer Advisers deliver the service. They reflect the diverse population of the town, and do a wonderful and dedicated job.