Asylum Link Merseyside
is based in St Anne’s presbytery next to St Anne’s Church in Overbury Street, Wavertree. It is a safe space for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, to meet, relax and find out about the community they have been dropped into. We offer a wide range of services which are centred on the principles of Friendship and Welcome. These include access to other agencies delivering refugee services on site, the Merseyside Refugee Support Network MRSN, Merseyside Network for Change, MNfC, and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, GMIAU.
You can get everything from a cup of tea and a chat, access to well-being programmes and advocacy, and help for the destitute.
We provide our services because we believe that fundamentally, all humans are equal, and that Asylum Seekers need our help to overcome the barriers which prevent them from living in our community as equals. They have asked for help and we should give it.
See more about our Management and Staff at Asylum Link
History of Asylum Link
Kensington Welcome, an informal organisation of be-frienders based in Kensington, was set up some years in 2000 to offer friendship, practical support and, where possible, advice. As demand grew it became clear that a more professional service was required. In response, Asylum Link Merseyside was formed in March 2001 and was based in St Anne’s, Overbury Street.
Our Charitable Objects – as stated in our memorandum of association:
- The relief of refugees and asylum seekers resident in Merseyside and adjacent areas, who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress, particularly but not exclusively through the provision of information, advice and assistance;
- To advance the education of the public, other statutory and voluntary organisations and asylum seekers in order to assist their inclusion into the wider community.
ALM is a Company limited by guarantee, Company Number: 4468629
Asylum Link has an OISC certificate and has met the standards laid down by the OISC.
The provision of “drop-in” facilities for asylum seekers and refugees
The provision of office and teaching accommodation for teachers and professional advisers to asylum seekers and refugees
The provision of help and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees from our own resources and through projects funded by statutory organisations and charitable trusts
Health education projects, in particular around Well Being, TB, HIV and Mental Health
Organisation of enrichment events such as trips, training, parties and social activities
Education and awareness raising amongst the public through talks and events
Consultation and co-operation with charitable organisations with similar objectives.
For more information see our services page
Asylum Link offers more than a collection of services
We engage with many other groups, providing active guidance and support to statutory bodies like the Council’s strategic group, the North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnership or the Police Community Advisory Group Forum. We have hosted meetings or provided information sessions for International Migrants Day, LARA (Liverpool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Association, Merseycare, Police recruits and visiting EU projects through the City Council.
We support other organisations, mainly through active participation, such as City of Sanctuary, or the Merseyside Refugee Support Network. Our partnership extends through formal work with Faiths4Change, Support for Asylum Seekers SAS, Refugee Action and the Red Cross in service delivery.
We also work with other organisations enabling them to provide services to our client base: for example Oasis, a Church Organisation, provide food which we distribute on a Thursday, and many other statutory and voluntary sector agencies who use the centre as a gateway to the Asylum Seekers in the city. Additionally we provide the opportunity for other groups to meet and work with Asylum Seekers; for example young people working with Positive Futures, STAR through their conversation club and the Fire and Rescue Service through the Princes Trust have delivered projects at the centre