Volunteers at Haltwhistle Plant festival. WERS was nominated as their charity of the year in 2017.

Would you like to help raise funds for WERS?
Community fundraising is a great way to raise both funds and awareness, making a positive difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the region.
Over the years, we have received amazing contributions from passionate volunteers who have organised events and collections in aid of WERS. This has enabled us to continue to provide essential support to/support and empower a growing number of asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle and the surrounding area. In today’s climate, this type of community fundraising is as important as ever for WERS to be able to continue what we do.

Check out the links below to find out more. If you are interested in volunteering your time to fundraise in aid of WERS, we would love to hear from you!



You can choose to raise money for two different funds at WERS:
The Hardship Fund which directly supports destitute clients.
The Main Fund which goes towards the overall running costs of the charity and enables WERS to continue to deliver its services.

HARDSHIP FUND: Find out more by visiting our Destitution and Hardship Fund page. You can visit our Welcome page to make a one off donation through the Justgiving logo.

MAIN FUND: Any money raised for the Main Fund will go towards our project and will enable WERS to continue to deliver a range of support services to asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle upon Tyne that aim to address disadvantage, exclusion and poverty.
WERS has an excellent reputation for its warm and friendly welcome and the consistently high quality of services which currently include: Daily drop-in advice sessions, home visits and outreach, befriending scheme, clothing store, hardship fund, awareness-raising, education and training programme.
Since the dispersal of asylum seekers to Newcastle upon Tyne began towards the end of 1999, WERS has played a pivotal role in welcoming, supporting and empowering men and women living as asylum seekers and refugees in the city.
In today’s challenging financial climate contributions, as well as grants from Trusts and Foundations, WERS relies heavily on public donations and fundraising efforts.
To donate to this fund and help us continue this work, visit our Welcome page to make a one off donation through Virgin Money Giving.


See below for some ideas on how you could start fundraising from home or in your local area.
Before you start planning your event, don’t forget to download and read our WERS Community Fundraising Guidelines to make sure it’s all safe and legal. If you have any questions, please get in touch at

Sponsored challenges:
• Climbing a mountain, running, walking, cycling, swimming – could be any distance or any height!
• If you like to talk – a sponsored silence.
• A sponsored sleep out – works well as a group challenge.
• Invent your own challenge, for yourself or you and your friends, family, colleagues.

Bishop Christine taking part in the Great North Run in aid of WERS in 2017

At work:
• Hold a fundraising event at work or make your Christmas/office party a fundraising opportunity.
• Casual clothes/fancy dress day – all staff donate to have a day in different clothes.
• Donate a day’s wages – ask your company to match your donation.
• Make WERS your company’s charity of the year.

At school:
• Own clothes/pyjama day in aid of WERS – with the option to make a donation on the day. This could also be combined with a Cake Sale.
• Request WERS to be the charity for the term or the year. We can help the school to organise awareness-raising assemblies and collections of the most-needed items for our clothing store.

WERS support worker Ali with students from Cramlington Learning Village, 2014.

At home/in your community:
• A clothes swap – ask for donations as entry fee and hold a small raffle.
• Wine and cheese night, world cookery evening, coffee mornings – you can charge entry for all of these, and include bake sales and small raffles.
• A carboot, second hand book sale, or bric a brac stall at event.
• Gig, live music event – ask your musical friends to play for free and charge entry on the door.
• Make WERS the charity of choice for your local club, community event, fair or festival.

WERS Volunteers Bill Lomas and Chris Smith with fellow club member Leanne Wilson, at The Northumberland Club, a sports club in Jesmond which has nominated WERS as its chosen charity for 2018.

Weddings and birthdays:
• Friends and family could donate to WERS as a birthday, wedding or Christmas gift.


Fundraising should be fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure it goes smoothly and all is safe and legal.
Here’s a quick summary of points to consider:
• If you are fundraising in aid of WERS please read & follow our guidelines (download below).
• Always tell us what you are planning to do to support WERS.
• Be aware of your legal responsibilities.
• Be aware of your health and safety responsibilities.
• Think about handling cash safely and responsibly.
• Contact us if you have any questions.

Download the full guidelines here WERS Community Fundraising Guidelines

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