Project information

Expanding Housing for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Nottingham Arimathea Trust relies on donations to enable us to provide housing and support to destitute asylum seekers. We now have 39 residents in 16 different properties in Nottingham/Shire.

Our residents would be homeless without our support, they are not permitted to work & cannot return home.

Ongoing

Charity information: Nottingham Arimathea Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    The problem the project is aiming to solve is reducing homelessness of asylum seekers who need to present further evidence of their persecution to the UK authorities. Without our support, our residents would be sofa surfing or street homeless.

    Without a safe space our residents would find it very difficult to access the legal support and health services they need to enable them to move their cases forward. Regular support is provided by staff and student social workers.

    Solution

    Our project will mean that we can expand our housing for destitute asylum seekers and newly recognised refugees in Nottingham. We have numerous opportunities for expansion through a local housing association, a generous individual investor and also through a national charity. However each house will cost money to set up - this will pay for Houses of Multiple Occupation Licenses, Smoke and Heat detectors, fire doors and essential furniture and white goods. We estimate each house to cost £3000.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Relief of poverty and homelessness amongst asylum seekers in Nottingham.

    Activities

    » Provision of a safe independent room so residents can focus on accessing services needed to help present their asylum claim and re-enter support.
    » Our gardening project, English class, opportunities to get involved in advocacy for themselves & peers through research and campaigning for change
    » Linking with community projects and activities that support the social and emotional well being of our clients.

    Success will be...continued housing and support to at least 15 asylum seekers per year, with 70% of our clients successfully regaining asylum support following fresh claims.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We will work with partners involved in destitution support, carry out research on the needs and impact and campaign to end destitution of asylum seekers.

    Improved health and well-being being reported by our residents whilst they stay with Nottingham Arimathea Trust will be a measure of our success.

    We will also be implementing the homelessness outcomes star, which will help in monitoring soft outcome improvements to our residents e.g. confidence, emotional well being etc.

    Risk

    There are few risks as we have been delivering this work since 2007 and therefore have the experience and systems in place to support this work.

    The main risk to our work is insufficient funding to enable us to continue to provide the housing needed by asylum seekers and refugees, which would result in losing the little housing provision we have for our residents.

    We also have plans for expansion of our housing, but we need to increase staff at the same time to retain quality of support work

    Reporting

    Donors will be added to our mailing list and sent an e-bulletin or hard copy of the newsletter to update on our work and progress. If you donate anonymously, please do also visit our website get involved area and sign up for our newsletter so we can keep in touch. Look for us on facebook & Twitter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 HMO licences Licenses to comply with shared housing laws
      £5,000 Fire safety Heat and smoke detectors and fire doors installed to meet housing law requirements
      £10,000 Furniture and White Goods Using second hand furniture where possible and new large electrical appliances
  • Background

    Location

    Nottingham, East Midlands

    Beneficiaries

    Asylum seekers whose initial claims have failed but have fresh evidence and are working with solicitors to prepare fresh claims or further submissions to the home office.

    Also newly recognised refugees who have difficulties in getting benefits set up due to administrative errors, and lack a deposit so private landlords will not accept them. We accept people with no deposit and work with these residents to get the paperwork they need to help them access services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nottingham Arimathea Trust has been providing this service to destitute asylum seekers since 2007. We have established excellent working relationships with other service providers in Nottingham, including work with the legal advisors for our clients.

    Our Project Manager is also a Trustee for NACCOM which is an umbrella group for similar charities, who provide housing for destitute asylum seekers and newly recognised refugees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Staff Team

    Needs Assessments & Support Planning residents needs. Housing management & repairs. Matching and training of volunteer mentors for pastoral support.

    Trustees

    Provide an on call rota, where clients can access someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Meet to develop charities work & respond to client needs.

    Volunteers

    Developing a garden at the office base and delivering English classes for people with very little spoken English and administration in the office.

£30

Pays for a house kitty for one month

We receive powerful & positive feedback from service users about the difference that NAT has made to their lives...NAT is immensely valuable

Bea Tobolewska (Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum)