Project information

Social Inclusion for Refugees and Asylym Seekers

To deliver and enhance innovative ways to support refugees and asylum seekers in Doncaster resulting in improved health and well-being, reduced social isolation, improved social networks, increased confidence and an increased sense of belonging in the local community.

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Dial Doncaster

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  • Need


    For refugees and asylum seekers in Doncaster we are aiming to improve their health and well-being and increase social inclusion and a sense of belonging in the community. They are some of the most vulnerable members of our community who have a special set of circumstances. They need particular support and advice because of their fragile state. All the refugees and asylum seekers who access the service have a physical or mental health disability, often as a result of torture.


    We will provide weekly craft and creativity sessions using them as a vehicle to provide information, advice and support. In addition the Worker would develop and provide training courses, activity sessions and information sessions on specific topics. This service has evolved since 2015 and feedback has show that it has had a positive impact on the participants who have reported an increase in well-being, and increase in knowledge and new skills, increased confidence and feeling less isolated.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved health and well-being, including mental health


    » Organise and deliver activity based sessions including walks, football, dancing and any other appropriate physical activity based sessions.
    » Provide weekly drop-in craft and creativity sessions that refugees and asylum seekers can participate in.
    » Organise and deliver health based information workshops to provide knowledge and skills on health & well-being.

    What success will look like

    We will collect feedback information from the participants after every activity .

    Aim 2

    Increased social inclusion and a sense of belonging in the community


    » Arrange cultural visits to local places informing refugees and asylum seekers of local customs and history.
    » Support Doncaster Conversation Club in English conversation classes to help refugees and asylum seekers improve their English language skills
    » Develop integrated workshops where refugees and asylum seekers and lead and participate with others in the group, for example cooking classes.

    What success will look like

    We will collect feedback information from the participants after every activity.

  • Impact


    We expect that over the long term participants will be able to live an independent and enriched life in the UK; will be able to contribute to society socially and economically; experience reduced stress and anxiety; have increased self confidence and self esteem; have an understanding of shared values and beliefs; have an increased feeling of trust and stability. We would need to keep in touch with some participants to be able to demonstrate this.


    The biggest risk is being unable to fund a worker to coordinate and guide this project. There is no formal organisation established in Doncaster to support refugees and asylum seekers. Doncaster Conversation Club is run solely by volunteers and values the input that DIAL Doncaster can bring to enhancing the services that they can provide. Without this project or Doncaster Conversation Club refugees and asylum seekers would have no support in Doncaster.


    We can provide quarterly finance and output monitoring reports. An annual report with case studies will also be produced.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,800 Outreach Worker One WTE Outreach Worker
      £4,000 Project delivery costs costs of providing workshop, activities, travel, training, volunteer expenses etc.
      £2,200 Overheads Contribution to salaries, accommodation and insurance costs
  • Background


    The project will be delivered to refugees and asylum seekers in Doncaster who attend the weekly drop-in service. As at October 2016, 309 asylum seekers were residing in Doncaster. The number of refugees is unknown as numbers are not collected and the community is very transient.


    We would expect at least 150 individuals from the refugee and asylum seeker community benefitting from this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    DIAL Doncaster has been providing a support service for Disabled people in Doncaster since 1983. This project with refugees and asylum seekers has evolved from a project to engage with ethnic minority communities in Doncaster. We want to continue to deliver this service with the same worker who has built up skills and knowledge to deliver this project but more importantly developed trust and a good working relationship with this vulnerable client group.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Beverly Beier

    Beverly will provide information, advice and support through the vehicles of creativity / craft based sessions, training courses & activity sessions.