We are a refugee-led community organisation managed by a committee of experienced volunteers. We support other refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into new and unfamiliar surroundings and to overcome some of the difficulties they face. We aim to provide peace of mind for those fleeing war, destitution, violence, forced marriage and political persecution, and to build a safe community in the North East of England. We work both alone and in partnership with existing groups and partners to deliver a range of social events and educational projects. As well as our weekly Advice drop-in in Gateshead we have range of other projects.
Methodist Church, Whitehall Road, Gateshead, Tyne And Wear, NE8 4LH
Main Location of Activities
Who we are
2013 – Peace of Mind was initially set up as a group to support vulnerable asylum-seeking women fleeing domestic violence and forced marriage.
2014 – The organisation grew to support individuals who are left destitute following failed asylum claims, offering a weekly drop-in for women.
2014 – Peace of Mind adopted its first constitution, becoming a constituted community organisation.
2014 – Developments in the support of refugees and asylum seekers who were also carers, in collaboration with Gateshead Carers.
2015 – Peace of Mind joined by Tyneside Refugee Sanctuary to provide support to the wider body of refugees and people seeking asylum in the North East of England.
2015 – The constitution is changed to extend our support to families and individuals.
2015 – A hardship fund for destitute and struggling refugees and asylum seekers is established.
2016 – The weekly drop-in is expanded to provide advice as well as a social space for women, men and their families.
We aim to provide peace of mind for those fleeing war, destitution, violence, forced marriage and political persecution, and to build a safe community in the North East of England.
What we do
We provide support to individuals and families who may need someone to talk to about a range of issues:
*finding a legal aid solicitor for immigration related issues
*contacting Migrant Help
*emergency food parcel and hygiene items
*registering with a doctor (GP)
We offer signposting and referrals to other organisations for expert advice and support. If we can’t help, we will endeavour to find another agency or organisation who can.
We provide arts and crafts for children in a warm and friendly environment, where they can make new friends from the range of communities that we support throughout the region. We also offer holiday activities for children.
Adults are also encouraged to join arts and crafts sessions to support mental health and well-being.
Social drop-in and Warm Space (Wednesday 11am – 1pm)
Educational Classes and Workshops including Community Safety and English language classes
Holiday activities for school children
Emergency food parcels that are culturally appropriate
Clothing and household items including newborn essentials
Who can join us?
We work for the benefit of refugees and asylum seekers in the North East of England.
We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and agencies such as Gateshead Council, Refugee Resettlement Team, Migrant Help, Northumbria Police, Citizens Advice Gateshead and other local support organisations/charities.
We apply for Funding to various Trusts and Foundations.
Achievements & Awards
We’ve been named by UNISON women NE as their charity of the year for 2017.
Our founder was shortlisted for the United Nations Women on the Move award, 2017.
Our founder was given Gateshead Council’s Volunteer of the Year award 2017.
Our founder was runner-up Charity Leader of the Year in the North East Charity Awards 2016.
Our founder was given Gateshead Carers’ Volunteer of the year award 2016.
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