For migrants whose claim for asylum has been refused or for those who are perceived as having ‘no immigration status’; their right to access welfare benefits, social housing and many other public services is denied and they are not permitted to work. By making it difficult to survive in the UK, this is one way by which the government attempts to force people to return to places they do not wish to.
Below is a list of services/resources that may be of benefit to refugees and refused asylum applicants who have “no recourse to public funds” and are therefore experiencing destitution. Suggestions, amendments and additions are most welcomed, particularly for other areas in South Wales.
Please note that some of the services below are not targeted at destitute refugees/asylum seekers specifically, but are listed here as we believe they are accessible to anyone in need.
Welsh Refugee Council Hardship Fund – can provide food parcels and small cash allowances.
New address: 120 – 122 Broadway, Adamsdown CF24 1NJ
Tel: 07508825821 / 029 2048 9800
“The Huggard Centre” (Homelessness day centre) run by Cardiff Action for Single Homeless: Tresillian Way (behind Cardiff Central train station). Subsidised hot meals, free soup and bread. Open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9-5pm
“Glenwood Church“: (non-denominational Christian church) at Tavs Hall, Tavistock Street (off City Road), Cardiff: services for homeless people and those “living close to the poverty line”. Sundays, 5:30-7pm: free hot food, clothing Wednesdays and Fridays: free food (lunch) open 10am-1pm approx.
“Rainbow of Hope”: A charity run by volunteers from a range of Christian churches, working with homeless and disadvantaged people and asylum seekers. Provides the following:
• “The Soup Run”, providing free soup and sandwiches every weekday from from 8-9PM, by Marks & Spencer on Charles Street, Cardiff
• “The Saturday service”, Christian worship with a hot meal.
– 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday of every month: Dewi Sant, St Andrews Crescent, Cardiff
– 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month: Quaker House, Charles Street, 12pm – 2pm (meal served at 12:30pm)
Minster Christian Centre, Sturminster Road, Roath, Cardif, CF23 5AQ (Off Newport Road, after funeral home and before Refugee Council)
Free food parcels for destitute asylum applicants Thursdays 11am- 12noon (now at Rainbow of Hope, Broadway)
British Red Cross – Friday afternoons at the Refugee Council, 120 – 122 Broadway, Adamsdown CF24 1NJ
Social groups/ drop in
Space4U at the Trinity Centre, corner of Four Elms Road/Newport Road, Cardiff
Drop-in for asylum seekers, Mondays and Thursdays (daytime) and every Wednesday (5:30pm-7:30pm) – free refreshments, pool, table-tennis and English classes.
Oasis Cardiff, 69b Splott Road, Splott, Cardiff.
A place for asylum seekers and refugees to socialise, cook, practice English. They occasionally have items of clothes and children’s equipment.
Open everyday 10am-3pm with a free meal for asylum seekers, refugees, and others in need, at 12:30pm.
Where refused refugees have care needs over and above those that arise from destitution, they might be able to access support and accommodation from their Local Authority (council). If you have physical or learning difficulties, hearing or visual impairments, mental health problems or chronic ill health, then you should find out if you can get help from your local authority social services department. You or someone else on your behalf should ask the local authority social services department for a community care needs assessment.
Contact Cardiff County Council Contact and Assessment Team: 029 2053 6444, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘ShareDYDD’ and ‘Home4U’ – two projects that have bedrooms available for homeless/destitute refugees in south Wales. They are part of the Cardiff Destitution Network.
British Red Cross: Cardiff Asylum Seekers Clothing Project. Bedding and toiletries may also be supplied when available.
Trinity Centre, Four Elms Road, Cardiff
Opening Hours: Wednesday 10.30 – 1pm
Asylum Support Appeals Project ASAP can give you legal advice when your asylum support has been stopped or has been refused and can also give you information on other housing and benefits issues for asylum applicants. Based in Croydon.Tel : 020 8686 1888
Fax : 020 8686 1899
Advice Line: 0845 603 3884. Mon, Wed, Fri
CASA – A new project from the Trinity Centre.