Basic Living Essentials
Refused asylum seekers usually have no recourse to public funds, no right to work and no means of supporting themselves. Boaz provides clients who are not eligible for a British Red Cross food parcel, with a £10 weekly allowance for food and essentials. We give an allowance as this promotes dignity and choice. At the same time we recognise that £10 is not sufficient to live on, and run a monthly Drop In where donations of food and toiletries are distributed to clients.
Practical and Pastoral Care
Our team of Case Workers meet regularly with asylum seeker and refugee clients to offer encouragement and support. Case Workers may offer support accessing GP and other services, or help a client find a volunteering role.
Our Legal Services Manager offers legal advice and representation to asylum seeker clients. This allows clients to progress their asylum claim and work towards a resolution of the situation that made them homeless. Clients may submit a fresh asylum claim, make other submissions in support of an existing claim, or decide to return to their home country.
We run a programme of recreational and educational activities for asylum seeker and refugees in our accommodation. The programme is developed with input from clients, and designed to create opportunities for learning new skills, relieving stress, and encouraging friendships.