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The LJS Drop-In for Asylum Seeker Families

The LJS Drop-in for Asylum Seeker Families has been successfully operating since June 2014. On one Sunday afternoon every month since then, we have continued to extend a warm welcome to families who have been made destitute while seeking asylum in the UK.

We offer our guests a safe and welcoming environment in which to relax, a hot and nutritious meal, a supervised children’s play area, good quality second-hand clothing, nappies, a shopping contribution, and a small travel reimbursement.

The Drop-in is operated entirely by volunteers. To watch a short video about what we do, please click here.

To find out more about volunteering or other ways of supporting the Drop-in, you can email the Asylum Project here.

To view our Drop-In Annual Report from 2022, please click here.

Update on the LJS Drop-In for Asylum Seeker Families

The loyal volunteers of the Drop-In team welcomed our guests to Covid secure events in the Montefiore Hall in October, November and December 2021. We provided legal advice, money, clothing and toiletries to our guests, as well as bags of food. Those who could not attend in person received vouchers.

However, since May, we are thrilled to report that the LJS Drop-In is back in full force. We are really excited to be back to happy in-person events, and hope that the LJS Asylum Seeker Drop-In will continue to thrive throughout 2022.

Many of our guest families travel for several hours and receive a wonderful welcome on arrival. Smiling faces are everywhere, and we have received Festive greetings- often initiated by our guests! One of our guests informed us that she has been granted 'Leave to Remain' by the Home Office. We all stopped to applaud her, and she pledged that she wishes to continue attending, but now as a volunteer!

A nine year old boy informed me of all the stations on the London Transport Map which he has studied assiduously. He was also proud to state that he can plan International trips for anyone.

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our phenomenal team. It is an incredibly rewarding project to be involved with and makes for a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Anne, Cindy, Clare and Hannah - May 2022

Thu, 13 June 2024 7 Sivan 5784