Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS)

The Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS) is a partnership project led by RST with the Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross, University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, Glasgow Night Shelter, Fasgadh and Rehoboth Nissi Ministries.

Using a model of holistic support, DASS assists refused asylum seekers who are ARE (Appeal Rights Exhausted) and NRPF (with no recourse to public funds) to find a route out of destitution and resolve their situation.

Origins

In order to understand more about the situation facing homeless destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow, RST commissioned the scoping study, “Preventing Destitute Homelessness” (2013, Community Infosource).

The findings of this study identified the need for improved access to legal support, healthcare and adequate temporary accommodation.  It also highlighted the need for good partnership working at local level.  This formed the basis for the design and development of the DASS project.

Links to further information

If you have any questions about DASS or want to make a referral, please call Cath McGee on 0141 353 5603 or email via DASS_Manager@rst.org.uk.