Bolton Destitution Project

"Seeking to provide a safe environment where Refugees and Asylum Seekers can find friendship, food and practical help."

S's Story

"S" was trafficked into the UK from Pakistan at the age of 20 in 2013. She has no idea who her parents are as she was brought up by a couple who she called auntie and uncle.

There were lots of girls in the house and they were never allowed to leave. She had no idea which country she was in and she was used as a sex slave. She is also partially deaf and has learning difficulties.

She, with the others, managed to escape from the house and were lucky that a lady helped them and were taken to a police station in Manchester. S claimed asylum and was moved to Bolton by Home Office

Once she started accessing our D.P. drop in service, our caseworker was able to mentor S, befriend her and help her get in touch with a solicitor. The Home Office assigned her a support worker to visit her daily and provide the support she needed. We further assisted her with her GP/Solicitor appointments and made a referral for her to get counselling. She spoke little English but started attending college and now her English is very good.

After four years she has been granted leave to remain. Although she feels safe in this country, she is still living with the trauma she went through.

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We're looking for help! >>

English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

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