The Drop in supports up to 400 destitute asylum seekers and their children every month. Our volunteers offer legal signposting, appointments with doctors and therapists, nutritious cooked food, nearly-new or new clothing and footwear and a welcoming, warm and friendly space. Every client also receives a supermarket voucher and travel expenses.
We set up the Drop in because we became aware of the desperate needs of destitute asylum seekers, many of whom go hungry and survive predominantly on the kindness of friends.
The project launched in March 2006 with just one asylum seeker attending – today we welcome people from more than 60 different countries. The asylum seekers travel to us from across London and sometimes beyond, and the project is run entirely by volunteers.
A large number of our clients are survivors of torture and/or rape and have chosen destitution over deportation because they fear for their lives if they are returned home.