Are you a passionate volunteer looking for a new challenge? FODI is looking for volunteers to help asylum-seekers and refugees integrate into the community. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to give back to our city and make a difference in the lives of others.

We need people to help us run workshops, events, and other activities that will help us welcome refugees into Sunderland. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or retired. Just bring your love for helping people and join our team!

If you want to help us, please download and complete the volunteer form.


When asylum seekers arrive in Sunderland they are often ill equipped for the cold weather and English climate . We are always grateful to receive donations of items such as:

  • Clothing – jeans, T- shirts, warm  jackets, fleeces,  jumpers, socks, hats , gloves, etc.
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Bicycles
  • Food – dry goods like pasta, rice, noodles and tinned fish, kidney beans, chick peas, rice pudding.

Please contact us if you would like to donate anything to help us.

Financial Help

If you’re like us, you want to help. You want to know how you can do your part to make the world a better place. We believe that asylum-seekers and refugees deserve more than what they have been given so far—they deserve a chance at a better life, and that’s why we’re here: to provide them with a central hub where they can participate in community schemes and social activities.

If we work together, we can make it happen! We hope you’ll consider donating today—and thank you for being there for us when we need it most. Please contact us if you would like to donate.

Learn more about our charity here.