The Drop in supports destitute asylum seekers and their children. Our volunteers offer legal signposting, appointments with doctors and therapists, nutritious cooked food, clothing 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 from across London, and the project is run almost entirely by volunteers.
A large number of our clients are survivors of torture and/or rape and fear for their lives if they are returned home.
During the pandemic it has not been possible to run our regular Drop in sessions, but we have continued to hold sessions to welcome new clients, and the number of asylum seekers we are supporting with monthly supermarket vouchers has grown to almost a thousand. We have also started online English conversation sessions for clients and a tutoring programme for their children. Plans are now also in progress to re-start our Drop in sessions on site for existing clients.