Nottingham Arimathea Trust provides housing and support for destitute asylum seekers and newly recognised refugees
Description of service and support
There are 4 houses for destitute asylum seekers; these are shared houses and are women only or men only houses (there is no shared gender housing). There is also a 6 bed-roomed house that has 3 rooms for destitute asylum seekers and 3 rooms for refugees. There are also a further 9 one bedroom flats for refugees and a 3 bedroom family home for refugees. There are 4 members of staff, the service does not accept pets.
Support offered includes:
Ensuring adequate legal representation for people housed so that they can work toward submitting fresh claims for asylum and, from there, access temporary Asylum Support housing; Help in finding medical support, volunteering opportunities and English classes so residents can improve their day-to-day lives and develop skills whilst they are working on asylum claims; Volunteer befrienders or mentors meet regularly with residents and assist them in getting to know Nottingham, to practice shared interests and English language and/or help make phone calls to solicitors, support groups, doctors etc.
Clients next steps could be eventually moving into NASS provided asylum accommodation (Section 4), Adult Social Care for Adults for health needs, or moving onto Social Housing tenancies for refugees.
Capacity and facilities
|No of places||29|
|No of baths / head||Varies|
|No of showers / head||Varies|
|No of toilets / head||Varies|
|Own cooking facilities||Yes|
|24 hour staff cover||Yes, on call system out of hours|
|Computer / internet access||No|
|TV (own room)||No|
|Own room furnished||Yes|
|Laundry on site||No|
|Can you smoke in own room?||No|
|What are the restrictions on guests visiting during the day?||Guests can visit in the day.|
|What are the restrictions on overnight guests?||No overnight guests, except for refugee housing.|
|What support must clients engage with?||The support provided, via staff and optional mentoring and befriending. Continued engagement with legal advisors over asylum claim.|
|Please detail any other significant house rules:||Making progress with asylum claim.|
Tenure and costs
|What is the minimum stay?||None|
|What is the maximum stay?||None|
|What are the tenure options?||Licence Agreement.|
|What is the cost per week to the client?||
£0.00 for destitute
|Minimum age accommodated?
|Maximum age accommodated?
|Relationship status accommodated?
|Are there any access restrictions and if so what?||None|
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