Refugee Centre is making an urgent appeal for donations to help work
with asylum seekers staying in the city.
equipment, particularly pushchairs are desperately needed to help
refugees lead a normal life.
centre was opened at St Peter’s Social Centre in Charles Street,
Hillfields last month to provide a drop-in point for asylum seekers.
aim is to give them a place where they can meet other people from the
same country, and also get advice and support.
main concerns of people visiting the centre are isolation, housing
problems and finding solicitors.
asylum seekers living in Coventry are moved to the city from parts of
London where there is no space to accommodate refugees.
Refugee Centre was founded to try and provide day-to-day contact for
these people, who are in the care of social services departments in
the capital and get very little help from the authorities with any
Walker from the centre said volunteers had been seeing an increasing
number of asylum seekers asking for help since it opened its doors.
are in very high demand because refugee mothers with babies and young
children find it difficult to venture outside the house alone.
are now being housed a long way from the centre and with no cash for
bus fares it is very difficult for them.
women who are without their husbands, especially, find it almost
impossible to go out shopping for daily necessities if they have small
centre also accepts donations of clothes, shoes, bedding, household
equipment, and toys for redistribution to asylum seekers.
centre is open Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 5pm. Contact 024 7622