Time Together Beneficiaries
There has been an increase in asylum applications from 26,547 in 2017 to 29,380 in 2018. More than 12,000 asylum applications have been waiting for more than six months for an initial decision.
The refugees and asylum seekers we support come from many different countries including Uganda, Iraq, Albania, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Sudan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Burundi, Pakistan, Kuwait, Nigeria and Palestine and are aged from 18 to their mid-60s.
They are referred to us by a wide range of organisations across the West Midlands including grassroots projects, national charities and faith-based groups. A small but statistically significant number identify as members of the LGBT community.
At the end of the project our beneficiaries report that they feel more confident living in the UK, are less isolated, have increased self-esteem and mental well-being. They will have engaged in at least one positive activity, such as volunteering in their community or accessing education.
Of the participants who told us about their mentoring experience:
- 100% reported an overall increase in well-being after completing the project
- 73% reported increased feeling closer to other people and,
- 82% reported feeling more optimistic about their future.