Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Justice and Peace Group
Asylum Seekers and Refugees Project
The Justice and Peace Co-Ordinating Council has a management committee for the Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ project. Its members have worked very hard to maintain support for those who can no longer visit the project, which had to close temporarily.
It now provides £30 food coupons via Tesco and Asda for those in greatest need. By 20th April 46 had been distributed and this has been a life saver for many. It has passed on food supplies from its store for distribution.
Our work is still costing money, so donations would be appreciated by Bank Transfer for Sort Code 40-34-18 Account 52854058.
St Augustine’s Parish has been collecting toilet rolls for this project for approx two years now.
These are delivered to St Joseph’s in Benwell during the first week of the month. There are currently about 130 destitute asylum seekers.
They are given £5 per week and a bag of groceries which includes one toilet roll. This means that 520 toilet rolls are needed each month.
That means 130 4-packs!
The project would like us to collect
Tins of Sardines as well as the toilet rolls.
Sardines are a very popular food with many of the people who turn up.
Although other parishes supply tinned food there is a need for sardines in particular.
Once again your efforts to support this would be greatly appreciated
JUSTICE AND PEACE REFUGEE PROJECT AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES DEAF CENTRE, NEWCASTLE.
The project is currently experiencing unprecedented pressure, owing to sharply increasing numbers seeking help. 306 bags of food are needed each week and in August the register was closed to new clients for a month. In the 14 years of the project demand has never been higher. Because of this, we are appealing to our regular supporters to keep up their parish collections and to increase them if at all possible. Please continue to keep bringing in TOILET ROLLS/SARDINES as these are only handed out now when there are enough rather than one in every bag every week. Tins of sardines are also still welcome.
There is a collecting box at the back of Church in the porch area where these items can be placed