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

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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.

"They Only Come Here To Claim Benefits, Take Our Jobs And Get Council Houses..."

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Upon arrival asylum seekers are provided with: • A bed (if single) or room (if a family) in an "Initial Assessment Hostel" & £90 to provide for their needs until they are interviewed.

This should take place within eighteen days but often they must wait much longer.

They also are entitled to basic health care & basic english lessons.

What an asylum seeker cannot receive

A Job: Anyone claiming asylum is not permitted to seek employment, hold a driving licence, or receive training or higher education.

Benefits: An asylum seeker is not allowed to claim any benefits, because they are not allowed to seek work. Instead they receive an allowance of £36.95 per week per person, eg. a family of four will receive £147.80 per week.

A Council House: Asylum seekers have to live where the Home Office contractors house them after they are "dispersed". They can only be housed in private rented housing. A family of four can expect a two-bedroom flat.

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