We need money to sustain our food distribution service.
Asha remains a hive of activity but from homes and twice a week from the car park which, observing all the proper protocols, becomes a food distribution centre! Twenty-three users were given food on Monday and 19 on Thursday.
Lydia received a desperate call from a newly arrived family from Ecuador and volunteer Kevin was able to leave them a parcel of food on his way home. They later rang to say thank you. Alina from Russia was on the doorstep holding a flyer about Asha. Her card had been blocked. She spoke no English, so she was connected to Kirill who talked her through what to do next. She left Asha with enough food to keep her and husband Sergei going while their card was activated.
Staff are telephoning and texting our users and especially families and Mums with children mindful that none have televisions or radios. Many are apprehensive about going out and being stopped by a policeman or have not fully understood that they should not go out. Either way it is hard for the majority to come into Asha, so Godfrey is working on an alternative way of getting food to those who need it.
We would like to purchase a tablet for our most vulnerable families so they could email and see the news and their children play games, read books and watch online videos.
Local volunteers, who can do so, have been helping and a small pool of asylum seekers are on the way to becoming key workers. Keeping their distance but sharing in a common endeavour is a joyful experience and one which, I’m sure, will be cherished in the coming days.
Users who need to speak to Refugee Action can do so on 0121-201-3090 and Lydia is on hand to facilitate contact with Refugee Action. Her number is 07914117449. Some users have received letters from the Home Office telling them not to report to Dallas Court in Salford suggesting that any action on their status is currently suspended.
Asha is in it for the long haul. We’ll keep you posted.
Stay well and best wishes, Kevin, Godfrey, Jane, John and Angela You may donate by sending a cheque payable to Asha North Staffordshire or by BACS A/c 21848526. Sort Code 40-23-07. Gift Aid forms can be downloaded from our website: www.asha-uk.org THANK YOU