ShareDydd is a registered charity that
helps people seeking asylum to overcome
destitution and homelessness in Cardiff.
WHAT DOES SHAREDYDD DO?
ShareDydd supports the hosting of asylum seekers who have been made destitute by Home Office policy in spare rooms in and around Cardiff. We provide advice and practical support to clients.
People seeking asylum often become destitute when they reach a break in the Asylum process, for instance if they have been refused and have to submit further evidence to the Home Office. When this happens their ‘National Asylum Seeker Support’ (financial support and accommodation) will cease. Since people seeking asylum are not allowed to work, they become completely destitute.
However, a Home Office refusal (or the end of appeal rights) does not mean the end of the road. There are several legal routes to staying in the UK that may apply to people who have been refused asylum. With proper legal representation, our clients can often go on to gaining refugee status in the UK. To find out more about the asylum process, please visit: https://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/.
At ShareDydd, we believe that everyone should have a safe place to stay while they explore their legal rights to their fullest extent.
In order to achieve this, we work closely with Refugees at Home to match people that are seeking asylum with a host who provides a spare room in their home to a person who would otherwise be homeless.
Volunteers at ShareDydd get to know clients via drop-ins or referrals. Once we are happy that a client meets our criteria for hosting (including having a plan for the legal routes they will be taking), they will be interviewed and sign an agreement form.
ShareDydd will then make a referral to Refugees at Home to see which hosts are available to take the guest in. Once a host is found, ShareDydd will arrange an initial meeting between client and host.
A ShareDydd volunteer Link Worker will stay in touch with the client throughout their hosting placement, providing them with practical support to navigate life in the UK, and in particular their legal case*. Refugees at Home provides support to hosts throughout the stay.
For more information on Refugees at Home and to find out more about hosting, please visit www.refugeesathome.org.
*Please note that Sharedydd is not an OISC regulated legal advice service. Therefore, our staff and volunteers do not give legal advice, but rather support the client with practical, non-legal areas related to their claim- for example supporting clients to get letters from doctors or other experts, to write emails or fill in forms, to attend appointments etc…
PROVIDING A WELCOME TO
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WHO DO WE HELP?
Our supporting projects welcome everyone, and we help people from all backgrounds to find a place to stay to help combat homelessness. We do, however, recognize the unique situation that people seeking asylum are in. Click here to find out more about the asylum process in the UK.
Asylum Seekers often become destitute when they reach a break in the Asylum process, for instance if they have been refused and have to submit further evidence to the Home Office.
When this happens their National Asylum Seeker Support (financial support and accommodation) will cease. Since Asylum Seekers are not allowed to work, they become completely destitute.
With proper legal representation, Asylum Seekers can often go on to resolve these issues. Being hosted in accommodation allows our clients to focus on their legal cases, rather than on basic survival.
Can you imagine having to flee your home owing to fear of threat to safety and arriving in another country with almost nothing - facing isolation and uncertainty about your future?
Our vision is to see those seeking asylum to rebuild their lives with dignity, security and integrity. People have the right to live in a warm home and live free of poverty so that they can pursue their asylum claim justly.
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