Resourcing Refugees and Asylum Seekers

by Alan Griggs in Derby, England, United Kingdom

Resourcing Refugees and Asylum Seekers
We did it
On 22nd July 2020 we successfully raised £2,712 with 68 supporters in 41 days

Meeting everyday needs of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and other vulnerable people in Derby; growing confidence, skills, and personal resilience

by Alan Griggs in Derby, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will sustain and increase our food bank services paying for volunteer costs to distribute the food to those that need it. 


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FEE is a small grass-roots organisation established in 2014 that began life running a series of community projects committed to caring for disadvantaged groups in Derby city with a focus on Refugees and Asylum Seekers. We now have 2 wonderful staff, Farhad and Bahareh helping to run our projects that understand first hand the challenges of the Refugee Journey. 

An open day at our centre to celebrate our work! 

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What do we do? 

We also have a team of committed volunteers to help run a broad range of activities from our site supporting vulnerable people to gain new skills and access employment opportunities. For example, we have coordinated computer, cooking, English, and sewing classes. In addition, we host a clothing bank and a mental health charity in our building, working together to share ideas, resources, and develop services.  We have also run a food bank since 2014 which has grown significantly. 

In 2019 we established a stronger partnership with the British Red Cross, Derby City Mission, Fare-Share and Neighbourly Food Networks to access surplus food donated by local supermarkets, including Costco, Asda, Tesco, Lidl, and Aldi.  In these unprecedented times due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, our food bank service is needed more than ever and has expanded to 6 days a week to meet demand. 

In response to Covid-19 we have now started delivering food to vulnerable people across the city and provide food to over 400 people every week.

One of our Volunteers getting our food bank ready! 

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A computer class in action!

Who do we help? 

Our beneficiaries are those experiencing the sharp end of poverty and disadvantage, particularly people who are: Homeless, Unemployed, Older people on low incomes, Isolated BAME women, and Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Your support will help us to come alongside and help many of these people that often have no where else to turn. 

Finally thank you for taking the time to read about our project


 

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