Frequently Asked Questions
What does WTRRP do?
We befriend asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants without status in the UK (our clients)
We help our clients to buy food, toiletries, nappies and other essentials when these are needed
We provide help for, and access to advice on, immigration and housing
We work with various government departments and public bodies on our client’s behalf
We bring our clients together for social events
We teach English and other life skills
We help children of clients participate in sporting and other activities
What can I do to help?
Make a financial donation, large or small, to support our work
Invite us to send a speaker to your school, group, club or place of worship
Become a volunteer, befriend and offer practical support of all kinds and at all levels
Why do refugees need help?
The State provides only minimal help to those awaiting asylum decisions – and decisions can take several years.
Are asylum seekers illegal?
To seek asylum is not illegal. Some of our clients are awaiting decisions on asylum. As a result of their experiences, many have a well-founded belief that they will be in danger if they return home.
Is it illegal to help them?
No one breaks the law by feeding the starving or giving shelter where it is needed. What sort of people are they? Our clients are normal people – many are hard working and employable but without the option of working for a living, others may be in need of more help.
Do you help children?
Yes, we work with lots of families who have been forced to flee their home countries. Some families have been through appalling experiences and all are stronger together.
Who is behind the project?
We are a small secular group – we have no sponsors and receive no regular major grants. Decision making is through a committee.
Chair: Tim Whittaker, Treasurer: Paul Shaw, Deputy Chair: Tony Rindl, Volunteer Coordinators: Yifan Wang and Seema Agnihotri, Casework Coordinator: Sue Ellison, Distribution Coordinator: John Gray, Drop-In Coordinator: Paul Tucker, Secretary: Lawrence Blake.
Is WTRRP a registered charity?
Yes, our charity number is 1162226.