This new project has the potential to make a huge impact on those seeking sanctuary in Swindon but we need your help to make it happen!
Swindon’s Bus Company have agreed to match-fund money raised by SCOS specifically for providing free bus travel for individuals who are destitute refugees and vulnerable asylum seekers.
We aim to raise £150 each month in direct debits, this means we need just 30 of our supporters to donate £5 a month to reach this target! 100% of this money will go towards this scheme. Swindon’s Bus Company will match this amount, therefore providing us with a total of £300 worth of bus travel for those most in need.
Why the need?
An asylum seeker is someone who has come to the UK in search of a safe place to live because of war, persecution or instability within their own country. Whilst waiting for the Home Office to make a decision on their claim, they are legally termed an ‘asylum seeker’. A decision can take from 6 months to well over a year. During this time accommodation is provided, but it is illegal to work and asylum seekers only have £36.95 a week to live on.
This money must pay for everything – food and daily living costs, travel for Home Office reporting at the police station, and travel to The Harbour Project for advice and support at the daily drop-in sessions or to access English classes.
If an asylum seeker has a positive claim and is given the right to stay in the UK they are then legally termed a refugee. They receive a letter stating they must leave their asylum accommodation within 28 days and all asylum support stops. This often leaves refugees homeless which is where are hosting scheme ‘Room for All’ helps.
Being able to provide free bus travel to those on our hosting scheme will mean we can accept more hosts with a spare room who live further away from the centre of Swindon.
I’m in! What do I need to do?
You can setup a monthly donation of £5 a month simply by clicking on our Local Giving Page here: Transport fund – local giving
Here is a quote from one refugee helped by the transport scheme:
“Getting help with accommodation was just one of those life changing interventions but it didn’t stop there, getting a bus pass took it further in making sure I was not only housed but I was getting an immediate start at the new lifestyle, ready to go from 0 to active life in no time, and that bus pass element compared to getting place to live might seem like not much, but it made a difference in a ” cherry that gave its flavour to the whole cake” kind of way. The bus pass helped me get to job interviews and when I started working I didn’t have to worry about the logistics until the first paycheck. Thank you so much for the comprehensive and well-thought out support”.