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DCRS has served the needs of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee community since 1999, when the Home Office first dispersed them to the Plymouth area. DCRS assists this vulnerable, isolated and diverse group of individuals, many of whom do not speak English. Through our walk-in centre we help them access local services, integrate into the community, lead as fulfilling a life as possible and address practical issues relating to accommodation, health, benefits, fitness, education and all aspects of everyday life. Our service users tell us that we make a big difference to their lives and that they have no one else to turn to for help.
With an estimated 800 Asylum Seekers and Refugees already in Plymouth and approximately 200-250 dispersed each year, DCRS provides help through a team of caseworkers supported by over 40 volunteers. Services include casework-based problem resolution, help in accessing education, health and fitness programmes, providing food and clothes for the destitute, an internet suite to help keep in touch with their family and research their cases, a safe social space to meet and relax, and in some cases simply a supportive and friendly ear. All of this is provided via a well-established walk-in centre in central Plymouth that is open 5 days a week.
We have strong relationships with over 50 local organisations (many of which we refer to for specialist help), churches, community groups, the university, the police and individuals.
DCRS has always been totally reliant on regular fundraising activities. Any help that you can provide is vitally important to us. One issue of food to the destitute for a week costs us about £6.50 and we make about 75 each month, each caseworker deals with an average of 1500 practical issues a year at an average cost of some £15-20 per issue resolved. Please do support and help us. You will be making a huge difference to people's lives.
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