Abdul had left Afghanistan 6 years ago due to a threat to his life. He arrived at the Drop-In on immigration bail, confused as to why he had been taken to Loughborough.
He had no recourse to public funds, wasn’t eligible for financial help or housing, was destitute, and walked the streets at night with no other options but to rough sleep. He had no support network and was suffering from mental health problems, including suspected Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
We referred him to the Crisis team and Adult Social Care. The Drop-In provided him with food and cold-weather equipment. We supported him in contacting Migrant Help UK and the Asylum Support Appeals Project to apply to the Home Office for Section 4 support. His application was refused, so we assisted with an appeal and, in the meantime, researched charities across the East Midlands.
With our team’s support, he was able to register with a GP and get access to health care and a prescription for his mental health. We liaised with the Red Cross to find solicitors to help with his application. We assisted him in obtaining a Subject Access Request from the Home Office and obtaining all the documents he needed to be eligible for legal aid. Fortunately, a partner agency; offered him a room in a shared house, weekly spending money, food, and support to move forward with his future.