CAST is a grassroots community activist group based in Southend-on-sea which aims to support the self-determined needs of asylum seekers and refugees.

CAST aims to bring communities together to address isolation and loneliness through hosting and friendship projects which build relationships of trust, inter-dependency, respect, and solidarity within Southend.

We assist asylum-seekers and refugees, offering advice and support and signposting them to appropriate services, and liaise with local community and statutory organisations and are active in night shelters and Southend Homeless Action Network. At the same time, CAST is an activist organisation that pushes for fairer representations of non-status peoples, and aims to challenge the structures which stand in the way of this.

CAST is organised by a diverse, non-hierarchical group of volunteers, many of whom were once asylum-seekers, and all of whom share a vision of creating strong, welcoming communities.

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