April
07
2020
Author
Dave Smith
Urgent Appeal from Action Foundation

We’re facing a new challenge here at Action Foundation. The arrival of the Coronavirus has dealt a devastating blow to the services we are usually able offer to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees.

With the cancellation of Action Language classes and InterAction drop-in services our beneficiaries have lost valuable lifelines of support and are more isolated than ever.

We know it’s a difficult time for everyone, but try and imagine what it must be like for vulnerable asylum seekers living in our community who only have £37 a week to live on or those who have been refused asylum with No Recourse to Public Funds at all who are also out there trying to survive.

Would you be able to stock up on two weeks’ worth of food and toiletries for self-isolation in that situation?! What about internet access or paying your gas and electric bills?

The Action Foundation team are working alongside other local organisations to provide vital support to vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in and around Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.

What's our plan?

When people get in touch we’ll assess their needs and offer them the following services:

Practical Needs

  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning Products
  • Other essentials

We will safely deliver bundles of these essential items to those in need

Remote Casework
Supporting clients with welfare, housing issues and associated admin.

Befriending
Phone calls to beneficiaries who would benefit from low level emotional support and signposting to appropriate support services.

Information sharing
Ensuring the latest advice and information about the Coronavirus is available in multiple languages and reaches asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in our local community

But we need your support too…

So we can reach everyone who needs us right now…we’re asking for donations of money or time.

Time Donations

We’re looking for volunteers to help make non-contact deliveries of essential supplies. We also need translators and interpreters, to make sure everyone has got access to the vital information and support that they need, no matter what language they speak.

Head over to the Volunteer Page on our website to find out more

Money Donations

We understand that the current crisis has hit a lot of people financially, but if you’re in a position to give a donation today you can provide a vulnerable asylum seeker or refugee with:

To give please click on our COVID-19 Appeal Page

or you can donate the quick & easy way via TEXT

Text ACTION to 70085* to donate £5
Text ACTION10 to 70085* to donate £10
Text ACTION20 to 70085* to donate £20

*Texts will be charged at your standard network rate
 

Thank you. We couldn’t do this kind of vital work without your support.

Please look after yourselves out there

Warm regards

Julian Prior
Chief Executive