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Asylum Welcome’s report on our work in 2019/20

Friday, September 11, 2020

I’m pleased to be able to share Asylum Welcome’s report on our work in 2019/20 – work in which you have played such a valuable part. We wanted to show our loyal and committed supporters how we have spent your money and what you have helped achieve, whether as a volunteer, a member, a donor or a long-term supporter.

Before the impact of Covid, we were able to directly assist about 1,500 refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, and through them many more family members. And in the last six months, we have adapted and, in many cases, increased our work to help those most affected and in greatest need. Many long-serving volunteers and donors have stuck with us. New ones have come along when we have needed them most. The extra needs and practicalities of working safely and effectively in a Covid environment are certainly stretching all of us and costing us more.

As we look ahead to the next six months, we plan to increase our advisory services, especially on asylum and immigration. We are already increasing our work with young people in or leaving care. We will offer more support to local community organisations run by refugees themselves and will help more vulnerable migrants struggling to establish their rights to stay in the UK post-Brexit, before the legal window closes next year.

For all these reasons we hope we can count on your support in 2020 and beyond. But for now, we just want to say “Thank You” to you for helping improve the lives of so many peoples struggling for safety and dignity in what can feel like a very uncaring world.

With deep appreciation on behalf of all those we work for and with,

Mark Goldring CBE