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Grace Background info 2016

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Grace Background info 2016

  1. 1. An introduction to Grace Hosting at LASSN JUNE 2016 Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  2. 2. Overview  Started as Short Stop – in 2003, providing emergency accommodation to asylum seekers & refugees  Operating on a night to night basis Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  3. 3. Overview  Long Stop started in 2013, with hosts providing ongoing accommodation to asylum seekers.  Over a week, and possibly month-to- month Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  4. 4. Who is the scheme for?  Any asylum seeker or refugee without alternative accommodation  Someone must be trying to resolve their case (ie a fresh claim, or pending) with support from the referrer  If someone is offered Section 4 accommodation, the offer of emergency accommodation is withdrawn Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  5. 5. Referral arrangements  Closed referral route  2 local agencies providing casework to destitute people refer  Formal Partnership Agreements exists with both organisations, signed off at Board Level  Partnership agreements spell out  Referral guidelines  Risk management arrangements  What happens next morning Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  6. 6. How referrals work  Guest assessed by referral agency  Referral agency contacts Grace Coordinator and gives background info, inc any risks/requirements  Grace Coordinator contacts hosts to check availability  Once Host identified, basic info on Guest shared with Host and arrangements made  Coordinator contacts Referrer  Referrer gives Guest info sheet on Host (includes bus routes, map, directions, photo of front door)  Guest goes to Host  Guest re-contacts referrer following morning Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  7. 7. Risk management - Guests  Referrers assess risk & decide suitability  Info regarding Guests passed on by referral agency to LASSN on a need to know basis  No blanket exclusions but acceptance based on support available and predictability of risk.  Children’s Services are made aware of all referrals involving children – and attempts made to gain assistance under s17 of Children Act  Ongoing checks with Guests throughout their stay (via Referrers) Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  8. 8. Risk management - Hosts  All Lead Hosts (the people in the household who are responsible for what goes on in the house) are interviewed and trained  2 references taken up for Lead Hosts  No DBS as we do not believe this be a regulated activity but about to bring in a requirement of Basic Disclosure for Lead Hosts  Regular checks through supervisions, check ins, socials and training Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  9. 9. Risk Management - Property  Property checks to ensure minimum standards (access to bed, privacy, bathroom)  Advice offered to hosts on other aspects of safety – fire exits, electrical checks, contents insurance, but no requirements.  All Hosts develop House Rules so Guests know where they stand Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  10. 10. How do we match? Emergency accommodation  Availability, location, experience, gender preference (some hosts specify women only)  No written agreement until longer than a week Longer Stay  As above, but written agreement if over a week For more detail see our Introduction to Hosting Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  11. 11. Numbers in 2015/16  89 guests  106 volunteer hosts in 57 households  15 volunteer coordinators  2876 nights of accommodation Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  12. 12. Emergency/Shorter stay  84 guests  89 hosts in 48 households  1289 nights of accommodation Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  13. 13. Longer Stay  6 guests  17 hosts in 9 households  1587 nights of accommodation Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  14. 14. Guests (gender) SHORTER/EMERGENCY STAY 56% 44% Male Female LONGER STAY 50%50% Male Female Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  15. 15. Guests (age) SHORTER/EMERGENCY STAY 0 5 10 15 20 25 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ nk Male Female LONGER STAY 0 1 2 3 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ nk Male Female Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  16. 16. Guests (country of origin) SHORTER/EMERGENCY STAY 28 different nationalities ◦ Eritrea 15% ◦ Zimbabwe 12% ◦ Iran 11% ◦ Gambia 7% LONGER STAY 4 different nationalities ◦ Eritrea ◦ Zimbabwe ◦ Sudan ◦ Iraq Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
  17. 17. Hosts - nights per household SHORTER/EMERGENCY STAY Average: 27 LONGER STAY Average: 176 Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network

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