Through working with disadvantaged communities, we realised that poverty is sadly prevalent within indigenous communities on our doorstep. We have therefore developed an additional aspect to our work which seeks to assist those who struggle with poverty on a daily basis. We started this facet of our work through collecting food items and donations for distribution at Christmas two years ago and now make this an annual feature of our work. The main groups that we work with are
- Refugee And Asylum Seeking Communities
- Destitute Asylum Seekers
- People living on or below poverty line
We also undertake visits to homeless people in the city centre on an ad-hoc basis to provide food and clothing and intend to develop this work further in due course.
Examples of our work:
- Distribution of food parcels at Christmas to families living below the poverty line
- Christmas day lunch held in conjunction with All Hallows Church in Hyde Park
- Providing food and essential necessities for living on a day to day basis
- Distributing warm clothing and hygiene kits to the homeless
- Signposting and advocacy support
Give A Gift work within a number of disadvantaged inner city areas in Leeds, where the refugee and asylum seeker communities have been accommodated. Our primary work is with destitute asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds.
Our initial activities focused upon the collection and distribution of clothes, food and essential household items such as beds, furniture and cooking and heating appliances. This has subsequently led us to becoming a key conduit between the mainstream refugee support agencies and the destitute asylum seeker community.
We plug the gaps in service provision during the difficult and traumatic transition period from asylum seeker to refugee status, a period which can last months and even years and a period where individuals / families receive little if any financial assistance.
Examples of our work:
- Advocacy and befriending support
- Overcoming language barriers through interpretation and translation support
- Short Term financial assistance where not eligible for public funds or where welfare benefits are delayed
- Assistance with finding accommodation or with furnishing accommodation
- Acting as a conduit between the statutory agencies, refugee agencies and the client
- Providing social, leisure and recreational needs particularly for the women and young people to relieve social isolation
- Providing volunteering opportunities