Due to lack of funding, it has become necessary for our Refugee and Migrant Project (RAMP) to focus on service users with the greatest need. We are only able to support individuals and families who are destitute.

We regard a person as destitute if:

  1. they do not have adequate accommodation or any means of obtaining it or

  2. they have adequate accommodation but cannot meet other essential living needs.

 

Where a client has a family, the family is assessed as a whole.   For most clients, they will be destitute because they have no recourse to public funds and/or have no right to work in the UK, but this is not always the case.  Sometimes destitution can arise because of illness or a crisis.

 

The service is not available for British Nationals.

 

Advocacy Service.

RAMP advocacy service is provided to destitute people who

  1. Have insecure immigration status, i.e. having no ‘Leave to Remain’ or awaiting the result of an asylum application or appeal.
  2. Have received Leave to Remain or refugee status recently but who are having difficulty in obtaining the benefits or housing to which they are entitled.
  3. Migrants who have not been granted citizenship with particular needs such as mental or physical ill health, domestic violence or child protection issues and therefore needing signposting to relevant agencies.

Food Bank

Clients meeting the above eligibility criteria can be referred to the food bank to receive dry food and clothes from RAMP.  Families with children can additionally receive fresh food every other week. Families with more than 3 children can receive fresh food every week.