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Refugee Support Groups Make Generous Donation the Links Project

The Links Project, a drop-in service for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Hastings has received a generous donation of £2000 from Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings Community of Sanctuary.

Marc Turczanski the Links Project Co-ordinator said:
“We have always worked very closely with Hastings Supports Refugees and this money will help us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable people living in Hastings and St Leonards.  Our service users often arrive in Hastings needing the most basic of items such as warm clothes and food and the project provides the initial support to help people in very challenging moments.”

The Links Project provides access to support and advice for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living across East Sussex.  The project started as a volunteer-led social drop-in in 2002 in response to Hastings becoming an asylum dispersal town. Supported by Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, the project has been hosted and managed by Hastings Voluntary Action since 2007.  It now has two staff and fifteen volunteers and has a weekly drop-in in Hastings regularly attended by over 50 people from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.

Polly Gifford, Co-Chair of Hastings Community of Sanctuary explained:
"Hastings Community of Sanctuary and Hastings Supports Refugees were bowled over with the generosity of local people who donated to our Crowdfunder and at Sanctuary Festival in September.  It’s really important to us to support local organisations working tirelessly to support people seeking asylum in the UK, as well as sending funds to grass roots organisations supporting refugees in Europe.  Links does such important work in our town and we’re proud to be able to offer some support and explore how we can work more closely together.”

To find out more about the work of the Links project head to, email Marc Turczanski on or call 01424 444010.

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Image: Left to right – Links Project Volunteer and Hastings Sanctuary Festival 2021 (photo credit Alexander Brattell)

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