Frequently Asked Questions

What does WTRRP do?

We befriend asylum seekers and refugees (our clients)
We provide our clients with food, toiletries, nappies and other essentials when these are needed
We provide 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
We share our clients’ stories

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
Donate canned / dried food, toiletries, nappies and other basic household items

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. Some believe, as a result of their experiences, 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 – hard working and employable but without the option of working for a living.

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, comprised of our chairman (Tim Whittaker), our secretary (Dorothy Knightley), our treasurer (Paul Shaw ), our casework coordinator (Joy Hobbs), our volunteer coordinator (Marie-Jo Churchill),our ESOL specialist (Andrea Hudson) and our case reviewer (Sara Barratt).

Is WTRRP a registered charity?

Yes, our charity number is 1162226.