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Project information

Asylum Link

Help asylum seekers and refugees integrate into the local community, reduce isolation, relieve destitution and increase English skills and education. Provide food and clothes programmes. Signposting and outreach to access services and promote physical and mental wellbeing.

August 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support

Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support
  • Need


    Helping asylum seekers understand and access their rights and responsibilities, particularly with regard to housing, support, healthcare, the legal options open to them if their case is refused, English language skills and education and their mental and physical wellbeing


    By offering advocacy, casework and outreach services, as well as internally provided English language tuition and referring asylum seekers to a wide range of services in the local area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved opportunities for personal development and training for asylum seekers and refugees


    » Provide English language lessons, as well as one to one support and mother and baby reading classes
    » Support access to external education facilities including University and College for Further Education
    » Involve asylum seekers and refugees in running DCRS, thus promoting self-worth and building skills

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured using Outcomes Star - setting quantitative targets by service user for the improvements to be achieved and then monitoring until achieved

    Aim 2

    Improve health, fitness and mental well-being of asylum seekers and refugees


    » Provide access to external sports and fitness activities, providing necessary equipment and entrance fees
    » Provide access to appropriate women's and mother/baby activities
    » Promote well-being through music, culture and stress relief - including access to Plymouth Musiczone

    What success will look like

    Aim 3

    Improved cohesion by encouraging interaction between marginalised asylum seekers and wider community


    » Joint participation in the community - including referrals to more than 50 organisations/activities

    What success will look like

  • Impact


    Improved employability when get status and improved ability to integrate into the community and help themselves based on improved English skills


    Reduction or removal of funding. Dealt with by more vigorous fund raising, leaving no avenue unexplored.
    Lack of volunteers or trustees. Dealt with by more publicity for our organisation and awareness raising presentations.


    Statistics will be supplied to donors in whatever form is required. Stats will provide an on-going report of the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £169,504

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      Amount Heading Description
      £93,884 Caseworkers Four OISC accredited caseworkers
      £23,310 Outcomes Coord Achieve Service User specific outcomes
      £23,310 English language Language and Education support
      £11,000 Relief costs Travel, food, destitution relief
      £18,000 Running Costs Premises, phone and utilities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    LloydsTSB £7,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    DCRS has a long established walk-in centre in central Plymouth and receives an average of 50 asylum seekers or refugees visiting the centre a day, 5 days a week.


    Approximately 500 asylum seekers and refigees will benefit from the project over the year

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a very low risk solution to the critical problems faced by asylum seekers. Our walk-in centre has been open for a decade and our staff and volunteers are highly experienced. Every asylum seeker dispersed to Plymouth is sign-posted to our service by the accommodation provider or Red Cross.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pat Joyce

    OISC accredited caseworker and Team Leader. Almost a decade of experience at DCRS dealing with asylum seekers and working with the most complex cases

    Hugh Marwick

    OISC accredited caseworker. Highly experiences caseworker who joined us from Refugee Action in Manchester some 4 years ago. Accommodation specialist

    Irena Onions

    OISC accredited. Highly experienced Arabic speaking caseworker.