It’s a terrible indictment of 21st century Britain and the current administration that asylum seekers’ basic needs are not met by statutory organisations when people have very often had such difficult experiences and journeys to reach the UK. But they’re not and that’s why ASSIST exists, and I feel very strongly about supporting an organisation that is standing in this gap.
I’ve been volunteering for the Night Shelter for a few years now, usually only once a month. I do it to support ASSIST and the guests who use the shelter. If I’m honest, it’s also a very straightforward way for me to live out my support; I’m (probably too) busy but it’s always good to meet new people and even I can fit in an evening cup of tea and a chat, and then get some sleep.