COVID-19: how we're responding COVID-19 is making an already difficult situation even more difficult for some refugee women. At Refugee Women Connect we are working hard with our women and sector partners to mitigate further crisis by adapting our services and using our influence to improve conditions. We are helping to coordinate the local sector response to ensure a joined up approach on a region-wide level and making recommendations nationally for aspects of this crisis that specifically affect refugee women. Refugee Women Connect drop-ins are now closed and we will instead be offering support by phone or video-call. There will be no drop-in sessions on Tuesdays at St Brides and Fridays at All Saint’s Church in Liverpool. This is with immediate effect until further notice. We will instead be offering a telephone support service. Our Thursday drop-ins at Deafness Resource Centre, St Helens will also be cancelled until further notice and phone support offered instead. Our Early Action sessions on anti-trafficking and the asylum process will now be carried out for newly arrived service users via the telephone with the support of our volunteers. Our face to face mental health work will be cancelled but our phone check-ins will continue and we are offering wellness sessions via video link. We will continue to offer 'refugee and asylum support' advice to our service users. This includes housing issues, signposting and move-on support. If you are a refugee woman or a woman who is seeking asylum and would like support you can contact the refugee and asylum support team. The team works on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. You can contact them on the following number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 07538764156 You can call, send a text or a WhatsApp message and we will call you back. Please let us know if you need an interpreter and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We are still accepting referrals and continuing to offer support to new service users. To make a referral please use this form and email it to [email protected]. Our team will be home based during this time and can be contacted via their usual mobile numbers and email addresses. For general enquiries, please contact [email protected]. Please note our office phone line is not being monitored and messages will not be picked up.