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The value and meaning of a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees

Howlett, Fiona ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9957-1908, Spring, Hannah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9836-2795 and Connor, Claire (2017) The value and meaning of a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees. In: Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, 19-20 June 2017, Birmingham ICC.

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There is a growing body of evidence identifying the occupational implications and occupational deprivation of people who have been displaced due to war and political unrest (Morville, 2014; WFOT, 2014). Services that provide practical and emotional support helping to orientate asylum seekers and refugees to manage the complex and unfamiliar processes of everyday life in the UK have been found to be beneficial (Smith, 2015). The main aims of our project are:

• To evaluate the value and meaning of a drop-in centre service offering social and occupational support and refugees and asylum seekers in the North East of England.

• To identify the occupational preferences of the service users and make recommendations for occupational therapy practice.

A phenomenological interpretative design was used to meet the research aims. Using purposive sampling techniques, participants were recruited from a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugess based in the North East of England. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews, recorded and transcribed verbatim. Interview questions focussed on the experiences, meaning and value of using the drop-in service. Data is currently being analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. It is anticipated that the results and conclusions of this study will provide important insights into how drop-in services add value and meaning to the occupations of asylum seekers and refugees. It is also hoped the study will support future strategic direction in developing and enhancing such services, both in the wider community and in contributing to the evolving evidence base in occupational therapy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2315

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