South Tyneside Asylum Seekers and Refugees Church Help (STARCH)

STARCH welcomes and support asylum seekers arriving in South Shields.

Weekly drop in session

STARCH offers a weekly drop-in for asylum seekers and refugees. 

The drop in provides a safe place to meet and make friends as well as access to a range of support services.

The session takes place every Tuesday, from 12pm to 2pm at Living Waters Church, Alice Street, Laygate, South Shields, NE33 5PB.

The drop in is attended by a multi-disciplinary team including EMTRAS, British Red Cross, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and Northumbria Police.

At the drop in you will be able to:

  • Get household goods, clothing and toys
  • Get advice and help (including filling in forms)
  • Meet other people that may speak your language and make friends


For further information about STARCH please contact Margaret Gregg by email at

Website: Churches Together South Tyneside: STARCH