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Project information

Destitution project

The destitution project aims to help asylum seekers to access financial support and emergency accommodation. The project provides an emergency fund for those who are unable to work or access any other funds and can direct service users to the right place to access help.

The project is ongoing, while asylum seekers continue to arrive in Exeter needing help

Charity information: Refugee Support (Devon)

Refugee Support (Devon) logo
  • Need


    The difficulties faced by asylum seekers when they arrive in Exeter. Often they do not have accommodation or any financial means and do not know how to access support while they are waiting for their case to be resolved or their appeal to be considered.


    At Refugee Support Devon, we can help asylum seekers with making applications for financial support and for emergency accommodation. We can also help asylum seekers to access other services so that they can apply for permission to work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide support to asylum seekers and prevent them becoming destitute


    » Assisting asylum seekers in applying for financial support and accommodation.
    » Providing an emergency fund to help those who are unable to work or access any other funds.
    » Directing service users to other local services and organisations so they can receive assistance, for example, in applying for permission to work.

    What success will look like


  • Impact







  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 Running costs Staff salaries, room rental costs
      £6,500 Destitution fund Direct financial support to destitute refugees and their families
  • Background


    Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG


    Around 25 refugees and asylum seekers use and benefit from our destitution project annually. This number does not include their families or direct dependants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Refugee Support Devon (RSD) is a small, independent Exeter-based charity and the only organisation exclusively offering direct support to refugees, asylum seekers and their families within the the Exeter area and throughout Devon. Having been established for over 17 years we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. We employ two full-time and five part-time staff and approximately 80 volunteers, all under the strategic leadership of a Board of Trustees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nelida (Neli) Montes De Oca

    Neli has been RSD's Casework Coordinator since 2016 and has a wealth of relevant experience of asylum and immigration-related matters.