The FODI Drop-In acts as the hub of our community and provides support. It is run every Wednesday from 12 – 3pm at St Mary’s Parish Hall, 28- 29 Bridge St, Sunderland, SR1 1TQ. Everyone welcome



The Drop- In provides a safe and friendly environment for asylum seekers and refugees to:

  • Chat over a cup of tea, socialise, make friends and play games including pool, table tennis and dominoes
  • Register for tickets to see Sunderland AFC ( when available)
  • Register for our free gym/swim scheme and find out about other sporting opportunities
  • Learn about free English classes run by FODI
  • Register for free trips to places of local interest
  • Share snacks & fruit and the occasional meal for special events
  • Register for a donated bicycle by adding your name to the waiting list


The Drop- In is also attended and supported by many other partner agencies, so asylum-seekers and refugees can access:

  • Registration for new arrivals including information about local services
  • Receive SIM cards when available
  • Speaking to MEARS support workers when in attendance
  • Help in contacting housing services from the Sunderland Council support team
  • Support from FODI staff and volunteers to help resolve some of the day-to-day problems experienced by asylum seekers and refugees
  • Advice from a worker from NERS ( North of England Refugee Service) on level 1 immigration issues.
  • Advice from our volunteers about Rainbow Home and MESMAC in Newcastle, which supports our LGBT members