How DASS Works

  • Referral: Referrals to DASS are made primarily via partners in the destitution network, via self-referral or through a drop-in at the Scottish Refugee Council. You can also refer via RST – please see our Referrals page for details.
  • Casework: After referral, the client meets the Destitution Adviser who  explains the purpose of the project and carries out a holistic assessment of needs. This includes signposting to health services where necessary and assisting with emergency shelter if needed.
  • Emergency shelter: DASS assists clients to find a regular safe place to sleep through signposting to the Glasgow Night Shelter or referral to Positive Action In Housing’s Room For Refugees hosting scheme.
  • Legal Project: The Immigration Case Adviser at Strathclyde Immigration Law Clinic reviews the asylum cases of clients with no legal representation and provides oral and written advice. If there is new evidence, Law Clinic volunteers help to prepare a fresh claim application. For clients who already have legal representation, the Law Clinic can offer additional support, with the solicitor’s consent.
  • Temporary accommodation: DASS clients whose cases are being investigated at the Law Clinic may be offered temporary accommodation for up to one year in one of our shared houses or flats. The DASS Accommodation Worker and volunteers provide practical support with moving in, getting to know the area and accessing local services.
  • Casework support: DASS clients receive ongoing casework support which includes signposting to additional services and help with completion of Section 4 applications.
  • Data collection: We collect quantitative and qualitative data at all stages of the project. This data will be used to advocate for better services for destitute asylum seekers and to campaign for changes in the asylum system.

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