• Emergency support for asylum seekers

    The Destitution Food Project This is held every Thursday afternoons, (for customers 12:30 – 2:30pm. This is open to all refugees but they must bring documentary evidence that their UKBA support has been stopped We aim to offer a choice of food to the value of about £10. We work in conjunction with British Red Cross, Oldham Baptist Church, other local faith groups and individuals. The Red Cross usually provide the cost of a bus day ticket to cover travel costs, money for toiletries. Provide basic advice on a wide range of matters including health issues, how to liaise with Dallas Court, tracing relatives, getting access to the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and contacting the Identity and Passport Service to seek further help. A mental health support worker from NHS Oldham attends We are able to offer clothes and small household items to everyone, but we are dependent on people donating goods. The Legal Fund The legal fund/ advice desk look through the paper work connected with appeals and signpost people to organisations that might be able to provide appropriate support. Sometimes expenses may be paid for travel to Liverpool UKBA, or to a solicitor whose office is outside Greater Manchester.

    Contact for further details:

    Day: Thursday
    Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
    Frequency: Weekly
    Cost: Free

    Professional Referral: No
    Self Referral: Yes
    Accessible for disabled people: Yes
    Accessible for people with language needs: Yes

    About the host organisation

    Hosted by: Oldham Unity
    Organisation Profile:

    Oldham Unity provides support for refugees and asylum seekers. It is a volunteer run project which provides emergency food for destitute asylum seekers and assistance in gaining access to services. We work in partnership with Oldham Baptist Church and the Red Cross. We provide a bag of food every Thursday at Oldham Baptist Church. The Red Cross provide support and advice to service users. The Baptist church provides a meal, refreshments and a welcome to asylum seekers. We also provide toiletries, some clothing (mostly second-hand) and help with accessing health and other services.