For the most vulnerable, perhaps those who survived torture, imprisonment or who have lost those closest to them, a period of supported adjustment and recovery is needed before there can be any thoughts of developing or regaining skills through study, volunteering or employment. For some, whose physical health, well-being, confidence and self esteem may have been severely damaged, the first stage can last many months, or even years. Others, showing remarkable resilience, are ready to move forward in a relatively short time.
West End Refugee Service (WERS) is a highly regarded registered charity which provides support services for asylum seekers and refugees in the West End of Newcastle. Many are literally destitute. www.wers.org.uk