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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.

"But Some Of These Are Bogus Asylum Seekers Aren't They...?"


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.

Who decides their claim?

At first this is decided by a case worker at the Home Office. They do not have any legal training. If they reject a claim, only then can an asylum seeker appeal to a tribunal. Often a rejected claim will be allowed.

What happens to a failed asylum seeker?

If it is impossible to return a failed asylum seeker to his/her country of origin, either because it is unsafe, eg. Syria, Afghanistan, or because that country will not accept them, then they become destitute. This means they lose the accommodation supplied by the Home Office, the subsistence allowance, health care, educational courses.

They do not have the right to work. Often they live on the streets, unless a friend takes them in.

If they have children, basic housing may be supplied together with a subsistence card ("Azure card") with £35 per week available for basics such as nappies and food.

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