RAS (Refugee & Asylum Seekers)
Mondays Stockton Baptist Church 12:30 – 3pm
Our Church ‘Drop In’ facility is run by a team of dedicated and friendly volunteers and is a place where our refugee and asylum seeker friends can get together in a safe, welcoming environment.
We meet to share experiences, find friendship and support one another. It doesn’t cost anything to join us; everyone is welcome and you will also get free refreshments while you are here. At present we have about eighty men and women from the RAS (Refugee & Asylum Seekers) community attending from many different places and backgrounds.
Our volunteers are familiar with the difficulties asylum seekers and refugees experience and support and help will be given to you whenever possible.
What Happens at Drop In?
We now run two Drop-In sessions. The first is on a Monday from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. This is a mixed session for both men and women. You can sit and relax and chat, have a coffee or tea and biscuits, or join in with some of our activities. We play a variety of games like table tennis, table football, board games and we also run craft classes for those who enjoy being creative. There are English lessons ( please see the drop down menu for more details) and the ladies can take part in our nail craft programme. Downstairs is the RAS barber, so if you need a haircut, come along and get one! We also have a clothes point. If you are short of any items of clothing, we will do our best to help you find what you need. We also run another session on a Friday from 10:00am until 12:30pm.This session is especially for ladies and children, and activities include a variety of crafts, English lessons and support with legal cases. Help is also given to those who need clothes and other essential items. For more information please contact the Church office or speak to Claire Paxton or Cath Ingram at Church.
Our Church now owns two houses for newly- recognised refugees who are receiving housing benefit and who need somewhere to stay as they look for jobs, learn English and find more permanent homes. It also provides a safe haven for those who are destitute, whose claims have been refused and who have nowhere else to go.
Please contact Susan in the church office for more information or if you already come to church, ask to speak to Cath Ingram or Claire Paxton.
We look forward to meeting you!