St Mary Newington is one of the day centres for the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS), which seeks to help relieve poverty and distress, and to promote health and further education for asylum seekers and refugees.
We aim to provide a wide range of holistic services which support, promote and secure the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the London Borough of Southwark.
We strive to provide support services and a safe and welcoming environment through day centre provision, to help meet the needs of local asylum seekers. Through general advice and help we hope to facilitate access to a range of mainstream services, with particular emphasis on health, housing, employment, training, education and asylum issues. The sociable atmosphere of the day centres provides our clients with the opportunity to build their own social networks, which reduces the level of isolation so often felt in this disenfranchised group.
The day centre at St Mary Newington provides advice on Thursdays (by appointment only). The day centres at Copleston Centre (Tuesdays) and Peckham Park Road Baptist Church (Wednesdays) are available to clients on a drop-in basis.