Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
The Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS) responded to the Covid-19 crisis by running a Foodbank rather than a Day Centre from the beginning of April 2020. Unfortunately, many of our clients do not have access to public funds and when the crisis began, many of them were left destitute and with few of the support options they might have had prior to the Corona crisis. Many had also lost their jobs and were not entitled to claim benefits. Since then we have been running a food donations and delivery hub every Wednesday from the Peckham Park Baptist Church. Around 80 people queue up outside and are given a food bag one by one at safe distance. We also deliver around 20 parcels every week to those who cannot come to our Day Centre for medical reasons. All in all, we manage to support around 100 families each week through the donations we receive. This is a lifeline in difficult times. The advice sessions are mainly done online but occasionally we see vulnerable homeless people face to face at the Copleston Centre. This is done by appointment only. The Centre has been supporting Asylum Seekers for 22 years and for many people it is the only open access centre where they can get advice and food. Many thanks to all at the Dutch Church who have been supporting our Day Centre for many years.
Bettina Dreier, Social Worker and Session Leader
De Nederlandse Kerk heeft al jaren een hechte band met Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers en de diaconie beveelt deze collecte dan ook van harte bij u aan! U kunt meer lezen op de website van deze organisatie: www.sdcas.org.uk
Namens de diaconale werkgroep, Saskia Verwey