Action Foundation: Experiments
Problem
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Action Foundation support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to overcome exclusion, isolation and poverty.

We provide accommodation and support for new refugees at risk of homelessness and destitute Appeal Rights Exhausted (ARE) asylum seekers as well as community ESOL classes. We have identified a number of gaps in provision that we want to address through Early Action approaches.
Experiment 1
A new citywide, twice weekly drop-in will enable us to get 'upstream' and engage as early as possible in a person's journey towards independence and integration.

The Drop-in has been designed in collaboration with local organisations and stakeholders to deliver a multi-agency approach which compliments existing provision and has the support of all key partners across the city. We have been working closely with Newcastle LAASLO's and the City of Sanctuary Lead based at the City's Active Inclusion Unit, and with their support and engagement aim to 'triage' all new asylum seekers, in a user-friendly, non-threatening and socially inclusive environment. This would enable new arrivals, who are often highly disorientated and lacking friendships or social networks, to 'find their feet', begin to discover and engage with local services without delay, and start to orientate themselves into the local community with flexible and responsive wrap-around support.
Impact
To be seen
Experiment 2
We are involved in a local forum involving the recently appointed Housing provider for the Government's Asylum Dispersal Contract for the North East and Yorkshire and Humber. This has opened up an opportunity for us to build a strong collaborative relationship with them and to develop protocols and pathways aimed at preventing homelessness at key transition points.
Impact
To be seen
Experiment 3
We are enhancing the level and quality of support we can provide to our ARE residents, to find long-term sustainable roots out of destitution through case resolution. Our casework team are up-skilling by gaining the appropriate level qualification with OISC. We recruited Senior Support Worker to provide additional capacity and leadership within the team to strengthen our service delivery model. We are developing our model in collaboration with the North-East Law Centre.
Impact
To be seen