Welcome

West End Refugee Service (WERS) is a registered charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle upon Tyne. Our range of integrated services aim to reduce levels of poverty, isolation and disadvantage amongst those we support.  WERS empowers men and women, whose futures have been irrevocably changed by past events in their home country, to regain some control over their lives.

WERS’ strength lies in its focus on one-to-one working and individualised support packages which allow clients to progress at their own pace.

Our services currently include:

  • Drop-in advice sessions
  • Home visits and outreach
  • Befriending Scheme
  • SkillsMatch Volunteering Project
  • Hardship Fund
  • Provision of clothing and other practical support
  • Awareness-raising, education and training programme

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the latest lockdown measures introduced in January 2021, we have made some changes to our services to keep clients, volunteers and staff safe and to respond to changing needs of those we support.

INFORMATION FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES:

NEED SUPPORT?

DROP-IN ADVICE SESSIONS – Monday and Wednesdays 10-1pm – Advice and support. During this latest lockdown, we are seeing people outside of the building to keep everyone safe.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT – Monday – Thursday 10-1pm –

Support Work line: 0782 611 7308.

You can call, give a missed call, text, or use what’s app message and we will get back to you.

PRACTICAL SUPPORT – We can help with toiletries, cleaning products, food and clothing. Come on Mon or Wed 10-1pm or call on 0782 611 7308.

HARDSHIP SUPPORT

Our hardship clients, who receive no state support and were receiving a cash payment weekly or fortnightly, now receive payments remotely on prepayment cards. We have increased the amount per week and include a phone credit payment.

INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTERS:

WANT TO HELP?

DONATIONS

We can accept donations Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-1pm.

We can take toiletries, cleaning products and non-perishable food items for the people we support.

Please note our clothing store is closed. We have enough stock to help people during this time.

If you would like to make a cash donation or set up a standing order, please visit our How to Help- Donate page.

FOOD PARCELS:

Food poverty has increased significantly amongst those we support since the outbreak of Covid-19, as so many drop-ins and support services have had to close their doors.  We currently make fortnightly referrals and deliveries to over 30 households a month working with the West End Food Bank and LifeVinyard Church and our team of volunteers .

VOLUNTEERING:

We have a fantastic group of volunteers who have provided invaluable support during this time. Much of our face-to-face support was paused, with lots of activity taking place remotely.

Our volunteers continue to deliver support via our befriending service, our skillsmatch project, through our drop-in advice sessions, both in person and over the phone, and by delivering food parcels.

We are unable to take any more new volunteers at the moment, as we now have enough volunteers for the roles available and our next core training course is full. We will update the volunteering page of this website when this changes.

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