A refugee centre which has
been struggling to help the flood of asylum seekers in the city has
finally won funding to appoint two full-time workers.
Coventry Refugee Centre has
received £70,000 from the Department of Health to pay two workers for
They will help volunteers who
have been pulling out all the stops to offer a service in Hillfields
five days a week since last April.
Currently about 60 asylum
seekers and refugees a day use the centre in Hillfields for help with
Penny Walker, one of the
founder members said:
anyone is interested in these posts they should contact Penny on 024
7666 3031 - and she will send out an application pack. The closing
date is 8 March.
"We are delighted to be able to employ a volunteer co-ordinator
and an administrator for 27 hours each.
“It will enable us to get
more volunteers and to have good administrative back up.
“The National Asylum
Support System is breaking down - vouchers are not sent, and
families are kept in emergency accommodation with no money and no
access to health or education for three months or more instead of
the planned seven days.
“With so many problems and
so many people depending on us to help them, we have a
responsibility to be as effective as we can. These workers will
bring huge benefits."