Case Study – Hassan*

December 11, 2017 - In Case Studies, News Articles

Hassan is a Syrian refugee who moved into Arimathea Trust accommodation in October 2015. When he moved in he was in the process of applying for family reunion so that his wife and three children could join him in the UK. The visas were soon approved but he could not afford to pay for the flights for his family to travel to the UK. Nottingham Arimathea Trust set up a fundraising page and organised a Syrian Solidarity Night in order to raise money to help Hassan bring his family to the UK. The money needed was raised very quickly and Hassan’s family joined him in October. We were then able to house the family in a three bedroom house which was offered to us by a private landlord. We put out an appeal to our supporters asking for donations to furnish the house and were able to get everything needed for the family. The family was then supported by the worker to apply for benefits, enrol the children at school and we also set up English tuition through volunteers with ESOL qualifications. Hassan suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being imprisoned and tortured whilst still in Syria and he has been supported in attending appointments and ensuring that he receives the mental health care that he needs. He is much more settled and less anxious now that he knows his family are also safe and is beginning to become more independent, gradually relying less on support from staff at Nottingham Arimathea Trust.