Destitution Aid and Support

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Tees Valley

For Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Tees Valley area the Mary Thompson Fund offers a range of Support, much of which can be accessed from the

Middlesbrough: North of England Refugee Service Tees Valley office 

49 Grange Road,

Middlesbrough TS1 5AU:

Tel 01642 217 447


The Mary Thompson Fund is a hardship fund responding to the critical and emergency needs of those who are seeking sanctuary or are settled refugees in the Tees Valley, for things such as: medical expenses emergency food packs furniture for unfurnished accommodation maternity wear and baby needs expenses incurred when meeting solicitors phone cards travel costs to visit detained relatives help towards college expenses travel arrangements for school children three nights’ emergency accommodation.

Established in 2001 in response to the urgent needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the Tees valley, the Mary Thompson Fund relies on the generous support of individuals and groups in the area. The work of the fund is carried out by volunteers. Help is provided only when no other sources of assistance are available, and often to people who are at a critical point in their search for a safe place to live. 

To contact and donate to the Mary Thompson Fund:

  THE MARY THOMPSON FUND c/o 135 Norton Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2BG; Tel: 07419 375 807 Registered Charity number 1112610 Donations can be made to The Mary Thomson Fund at the Unity Trust Bank: A/C 20103929 S/C 60.83.01



Yarm (Stockton on Tees Area)

Food Parcels: Refugees who are destitute pick up some staple foodstuffs each week For More information Contact: Stef Hoyle at Yarm Methodist Church; Tel: 07506746451


The foodbank centre is open:

Tuesday 11.00am - 2.00pm - Billingham

Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm - Stockton

Thursday 11.00am - 2.00pm - Billingham

Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm - Stockton



4-6 West Precinct,

Billingham Town Centre (Near Boyes),


TS23 2NH

Telephone: 07583 575522

Hebron Church,

Britannia Road, (Corner of Bishopton Road & Vicarage Street),


TS19 0AP 

 Telephone: 07902 005472; General enquiries on 07583 575522



Foodbanks in Newcastle Leaflet Please CLICK HERE

For those in Newcastle area destitution and asylum food, clothing and other support is available from the West End Refugee Service at their office in the Arthurs hill part of Newcastle; for more information go to:

 West End Refugee Service

St Philip's Vicarage

St Philip's Close

Arthur's Hill

Newcastle upon Tyne



Tel: 0191 273 7482

Fax: 0191 256 7862




The Extraordinary Project Byker

The Extraordinary Project is about supporting people in a very practical way by reducing their grocery bill each week, helping family to eat healthy and supporting adults to budget effectively.  

Vineyard Central,11-13 Raby Cross, Raby Way,Byker, NE6 2FF

Phone: 0191 261 1011


Connect 25

The Kings Castle Church,

Unit2 162 Brinkburn Street,

Byker NE26 2AR

079 7647 9111




Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.00am - 2.00


(Will offer to deliver parcels to the homes of all referrals recieved before 12 noon




Walking with Wallsend People Centre

Frank Street, 


Tyne and Wear

Ne28 6RN

0191 263 5029

Mondays and Wednesdays 10am - 3pm



Newcastle East foodbank

Ark Youth & Community Centre,

Heaton Road,

Newcastle upon Tyne


Every Wednesday: 10am - 12.30pm

Every Friday: 11.30am - 12.30pm


for general enquiries call 0191 447 4675; E-Mail:

Newcastle East Food Bank

Elim Pentecostal Church, Heaton

Road, Heaton, NE6 1SD

0191 447 4675

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10.00am - 12.30pm

Newcastle West End Foodbank

Food distribution from the:

 Church of the Venerable Bede, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8AQ 

Monday 10.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Thursday 10.00am to 12.00am and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

St Peter’s Cowgate Tuesday 10am to 12pm



For enquiries, please contact us on: Steve 07756 279469 or Michael 07580 751365; E-mail:


The Newcastle West End Foodbank

Clavering House, Clavering Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NG*   


North of England Refugee Service Hardship Fund.

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The North of England Refugee Service has a Hardship fund to give support such as travel to asylum appointements. This can be requested by the North of England Refugee Service Advisors.

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