topThe FODI Drop- In is run every Wednesday from 12 – 3pm at St Mary’s Parish Hall, 28- 29 Bridge st, Sunderland , SR1 1TQ.

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 pool, table tennis, dominoes etc
  •  have access to the internet for email, skype and other essentials
  •  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 Action Language and Chris Howson at the Interfaith Centre
  • get free haircuts from barbering students at Sunderland College
  • register for free trips to places of local interest
  • receive donated clothes, food, toiletries etc ( when available)
  • get a hot meal cooked by our members every 2 weeks in the winter months and snacks ,fruit etc all year round
  • register for a donated bicycle ( when available)pool

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

  • legal advice from Newcastle Law Centre and Brar & Co.
  • advice on health and well being from the ‘Live Life Well’ team and stop smoking from ICOS
  • the British Red Cross who help some people with their cases and operate a tracing service for those who have lost touch with their families
  • the Tyne and Wear Fire service for advice on fire prevention
  • help in contacting housing services and be referred to supported housing through Action Foundation
  • support from FODI volunteers to help resolve some of the day to day problems experienced by asylum seekers and refugees
  •  advice from the community engagement officer at Northumbria Police
  • MESMAC  in Newcastle ,which supports our LGBT members


There are also many others who support the Drop-In  and who give FODI and our members their valuable time and expertise.

To download the Drop in leaflet click here:  front of leaflet    

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