The weather’s getting colder and the days shorter, but here at West Welcome Wagon we’re trying to make the hours count to help asylum seekers in our city.

    It’s a pretty exciting time to get involved. We’ve recently launched our Warm Homes, Warm Hearts drive to get some of our most vulnerable community members into comfortable clothes for the cold months, and some heaters and good bedding for their homes. Check our website or like us on Facebook for more details on how you can help.

    We’re also relaunching our Veggie Wagon! For any local green thumbs this would be a great opportunity to help some deserving folk grow a little harvest of their own. We’re looking particularly at sprouting some different herbs, berries, mints, and lemongrass, among others. If you’re currently growing any of these or anything similar, please get in touch with us to find a fun way to help.

    If you don’t have a veggie patch, there are plenty of other ways you can help. If you’ve got a bit of time around work and family or you’re looking to boost your resume while making the world a better place, we’ve got a variety of ongoing voluntary positions open for application now. These positions all give much more than they take, so check out our website for details.

    Finally, for the over-55s, did you know you can satisfy your social security mutual obligation by doing just 30 hours per fortnight of volunteering with us? It’s good fun and a great cause, and you’d be working alongside some amazing people from the local community. Contact us at if you’d like more information.

    There’s always lots going on at the Wagon, and there are always ways to help. From liking us on Facebook to taking on a role, we appreciate any support from our community, so a huge thank you to anyone already helping us, and a warm welcome to anyone wanting to come on board and help somebody stay warm this winter. From all of us at West Welcome Wagon, have a great winter, and Ramadan Mubarak.

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