West End Refugee Service (WERS) is a registered charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The origins of WERS go back to 1998 when a small group of volunteers led by the current Project Director Lindsay Cross began to work with asylum seekers living in Benwell, in the West End of Newcastle, providing second-hand clothing, blankets and food parcels. The clothing and blankets were initially stored in Lindsay’s garage. With the support of many of the local churches, the work quickly developed and in 1999 West End Refugee Service was formed.
WERS currently has eight paid staff, 60 approved volunteers and over 800 clients. It is highly regarded by other service providers in Newcastle and forms a vital link in the chain of local support services.
Many of our synod churches and their members are actively involved in supporting WERS.