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West End Refugee Service

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West End Refugee Service (WERS) is a registered charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne that supports and empowers asylum seekers and refugees from over 50 countries of origin. WERS has an excellent reputation for its warm and friendly welcome and the consistently high quality of services.

‘The actions and support of WERS, through very difficult situations. And standing up for us. These are the things that really transform a person’s life.’ (WERS client)

Practical help, advice and advocacy for over 500 asylum seekers and refugees are provided through daily drop-in advice session run by WERS’ multi-lingual support worker and trained volunteers. WERS also offers home visits for those who find it difficult to visit WERS’ offices and a hardship fund, providing emergency payments to destitute clients.

Emotional support is offered through an accredited befriending scheme - the only one of its kind on Tyneside.

An extensive awareness-raising, education and training programme reaching almost 2,000 people each year gives refugees a voice and challenges the misconceptions surrounding asylum. Last year 1,866 people of all ages heard a WERS talk.

Charity No: 1077601

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