It is important that asylum seekers have opportunities to take part in activities to lessen their social isolation. Living in scattered neighbourhoods and in an unfamiliar environment, often having only rudimentary English parents with children can become damagingly isolated.
ASHA runs Saturday clubs for women and for children’s club. These are facilitated by local volunteers and by users with the confidence and ability to step into the role of co-helper.
The clubs are popular and we are always on the lookout for local volunteers to give both groups greater consistency and support. We appreciate all our volunteers valuable contributions as we understand that the increasing pressures of everyday life mean that most people have more than enough to do, however anyone volunteering with ASHA will be making a huge difference to many people’s lives. We are also working hard to train asylum seekers and refugees as volunteers and co-workers.
It is through participation in these groups that a user finds confidence to raise a problem or concern which until then has remained hidden. The role of ASHA’s support worker is of particular relevance. Our staff are in place to integrate and support.
Saturday Football in the Park
For young men there is Saturday football initiated by ASHA’s manager with support from two asylum volunteers. We expect this to become increasingly popular and there are plans to play local teams. A local sports shop which is closing down has provided bibs for players for the princely sum of £5!
ASHA in the holidays
In the summer ASHA is hosted by Westbrook Farm and the children love an opportunity to pet the animals and roam free.
Many of the children have never seen the sea and an annual trip to the seaside is becoming a ‘must do!’