In June last year No Barriers No Borders was set up to support disabled asylum seekers and refugees. This is no ordinary group, as the support will come from other disabled asylum seekers, like Aman Ali. Aman gained leave to remain in the UK after a campaign by local people and he is now determined to help other people in a similar situation, he explained more about what the group is doing.
“Our first event was in December where we launched a book about the stories of the different members of No Barriers No Borders. There are nine people from all different backgrounds involved in the group from places like Somalia, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. We all have disabilities, some have physical disabilities, some heart problems or mental health problems.
“We are helping our members with all kinds of problems, like getting suitable housing and proper care. We can also try to help with immigration problems, and give social support. We also plan to campaign on some issues.
“In the summer we will be starting a campaign around housing, which is a big problem. Disabled Refugees and Asylum Seekers are often homeless, or they are in unsuitable accommodation that have access problems. They are often placed in Bed and Breakfasts. They need permanent homes. We will be talking to our MP, creating a leaflet about the issue and starting a petition.”
The group is supported by Sheffield Hallam Social Work students, through New Perspectives, and they have already had success in finding people suitable accommodation.
The next event for the group will be a coffee morning on Saturday 4th April, 10am at Ashram on Spital Hill. If you would like to join or support the group, come along or contact firstname.lastname@example.org