Andrea Vukovic (Asylum Matters)
Asylum Early Action partnership launched

 Asylum Early Action: Exploring new ways of providing support for people in the asylum system

The Asylum Early Action partnership, launched in Leeds on April 4th, brings together eight diverse frontline organisations from the refugee sector, working across England, to establish a partnership to test, evaluate and share Early Action approaches to service delivery. The partnership aims to address the challenges faced by front-line organisations, which are often overwhelmed with delivering crisis-led support and lack the space to take a step back and analyse current services, or to showcase new approaches or models of working. Early Action will develop approaches that better prepare people for the systems they face and how to navigate potential crisis points; empower people to understand and assert their rights; and design services in collaboration with those who use them.

The partnership includes PAFRAS, Refugee Women Connect, Bristol Refugee Rights, Action Foundation, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, Brushstrokes and Refugee Action, who have just developed a set of Principles to guide the development of Early Action services for people seeking asylum. Organisations are invited to become a signatory of the Principles and joining the Practitioners' Network through which they’ll have access to meetups, learning events and resources to help bring about a step-change in the way that support for people seeking asylum is designed, delivered and funded. If you would like to find out more visit https://asylumearlyaction.org or email hello@asylumearlyaction.org.