Lewisham Churches for Asylum Seekers

Working locally to help and campaign for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers living in our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Help?

Donate Food, especially long life milk, cooking oil, 1kg bags of sugar, rice and pasta, tea, tins of tuna, pilchards, sardines, noodles, chick peas, corn flour and corned beef. Basic toilletries are also welcomed.  We are currently supporting more than 12 family groups and several individuals with weekly basic foodstuff.

Publicise the plight of asylum seekers, particularly those who are destitute and encourage all the members of your church / worship group to pray for a right response to their situation.

Church House Publishing and Methodist Publishing House Includes this challenge to government: We believe that it is inhuman and unacceptable that some asylum seekers are left homeless and destitute by Government policies. Every city has people destitute or living on food parcels because they have no means of support. We support Church Action on Poverty's call to change the policies that make refused asylum seekers destitute. As a society we have moral and legal responsibilities to welcome those fleeing from adversity in other parts of the world and provide social security. But the threat of destitution is being used as a way of pressurising refused asylum seekers to leave the country. There are many asylum seekers who have their cases refused but have no safe route to return or whose travel documents cause problems for removal. There are many cases where people are unjustly refused asylum.

Hold a special fundraising event for LEWCAS or consider us when you make your allocation of mission funds. Send donations to our Treasurer.(see contacts)

Come along to one of our open meetings held on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 pm at St. Laurence Church, Catford SE6, roughly every 6-8 weeks. We would like to have a representative from every Church/ faith group in Lewisham. Contact our Secretary for the date of the next meeting or Come along to our AGM (usually November). The next meeting is on the 25th of March 2012.

Doesn't the Government help already?
Asylum seekers are not allowed to work.  They are given a basic living allowance 30% below income support.  Failed asylum seekers are not entitled to benefits, housing or health care.

Where do refugees come from?
Many countries including Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Eritrea, China and Zimbabwe.