On Monday 3rd December 2018 the Home Office announced1 that Action Foundation will be delivering a pilot (called Action Access) over the next two years to provide an ‘alternative to detention’ for female asylum seekers. The project, that will work with up to 21 people at any one time, will provide housing and support to women who are currently detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, or who would otherwise be detained there. Action Access will offer participants supported accommodation managed by the charity, as well as a small number in accommodation provided by dispersal contractors, in Tyneside.

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What is this project for?

“It was the best opportunity for me to come to the English classes and the teacher was very friendly and I am meeting new people. I think that I am improving my English and my normal life. I think it’s very different because before I started coming to the English class I was very frustrated because I don’t have nothing to do at all. Nothing! So when I started coming I started to feel more happy and more smiling, yes. It was a very good improvement.”
(Skills for Life learner)