Get support

At SDCAS, we offer lots of services to help meet our clients' needs. Find out more about what help you can get.

 

Immigration

We have partnerships with local Law Centres, Citizens Advice and other legal aid providers. If we have capacity, we can make referrals to these organisations so you can access legal advice. We are OISC level 1 and therefore do not make immigration applications ourselves.

Housing and homelessness

We offer advice and support to help you understand your options around housing and homelessness. We can signpost and refer you to appropriate support. We do not have our own accommodation but will do everything we can to help you find housing or resolve your housing issues.

Poverty relief

We serve a free lunch at our day centres. We can signpost and refer you to other organisations such as food banks, debt advice charities, and benefits advice services and can sometimes offer small hardship payments or apply for individual grants. For those most in need, we offer a small number of food and clothing donations.

Health

Working with our partners at the NHS Health Inclusion Team, we can help you register with a GP, access NHS and third-sector health and wellbeing services, and resolve issues around NHS charging and NHS debt. In a life-threatening emergency always call 999 or go to your local A&E.

Education and employment

We offer basic English classes (ESOL) at our centres and can signpost and refer you to other providers. We can also signpost and refer you to a range of organisations specialising in education and employment options.

Social

We run a range of social and wellbeing activities at our day centres including gardening, arts, massage, knitting, and storytelling, among others. Visit our centre on Tuesdays to join in.

"I can remember the first day I came in, they were like 'don’t cry, take a seat, wipe your tears, everything will be fine.'”