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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.


A migrant is: "A person who travels to another country or place, often in search of work." (Cambridge University Dictionary)

An Asylum Seeker is: Anyone in the world who has "a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion" (1951 UN Convention on Refugees).

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Housing: When the decision to grant leave to remain is given, a refugee is given twenty-five days’ notice to quit their Home Office provided accommodation.

As refugees they are not entitled to any preferential treatment on Council housing lists.

Often, because of a delay in issuing a National Insurance number, they are unable to sign for a tenancy and become homeless. 

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What is a bogus/illegal asylum seeker? There is no such thing! Anyone may claim asylum under the Geneva and Hague Conventions.

That claim may fail for all sorts of reasons, eg. lack of documentation for British Army interpreters pre 2013 in Afghanistan. If it is safe to do so a failed claimant will be returned to his/her country of origin.

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Those newly-arrived asylum seekers, such as the people you see on TV trying to hide in lorries and trains from Calais often arrive with little or nothing.

At the Destitution Project we provide those without any other support with:

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