COMMUNITIES AND SANCTUARY-SEEKERS TOGETHER
Working towards ending destitution in the UK Immigration system
"We survive war and conquest, we survive colonization, acculturation, assimilation; we survive beating, rape, starvation, mutilation, sterilization, abandonment, neglect, death of our children, our loved ones, destruction of our land, our homes, our past and our future. We survive, and we do more than just survive. We bond, we care, we fight, we teach, we bear, we feed, we earn, we laugh, we love, we hang in there, no matter what"
Paula Gunn Allen
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
C.A.S.T. is a grassroots community activist group based in Southend-on-Sea which aims to support the self-determined needs of asylum seekers and refugees.
We aim to bring communities together to address isolation and loneliness through hosting and friendship projects which build relationships of trust, inter-dependency, respect, and solidarity within Southend-on-Sea.
We assist asylum-seekers and refugees, offering advice and support and signposting them to appropriate services, and liaise with local community and statutory organisations and are active in night shelters and Southend Homeless Action Network. At the same time, we are an activist organisation that pushes for fairer representations of non-status peoples, and aims to challenge the structures which stand in the way of this.