Alyth Refugee Drop In

Social Sundays

Currently suspended due to Covid-19

On the last Sunday of each month there is a Drop-in afternoon at Alyth synagogue. Refugees from over 20 different countries come together for a social afternoon. Normally there are around 70 refugees and 15 volunteers. People receive a healthy cooked lunch with food generously provided by members of the congregation. Volunteers arrive early to prepare home-cooked meals that are gratefully received. The afternoon offers people a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people. People share their experiences and help others who may be experiencing difficulties. We provide entertainment for the children.  This allows the parents to socialise with other refugees and enjoy their afternoon knowing that their children are being well cared for and are having fun. In addition, there is always a participative activity to help people integrate, practise their English and have fun. Activities include Bingo, visiting speakers, knitting, games and drumming!

The Drop-in is run entirely by volunteers. Any donations go directly to the refugees. At the Social Sundays, every eligible attendee receives £10 travel expenses.


At each Drop-in session we provide entertainment for the refugees to provide a social and fun afternoon. The entertainment ranges from bingo to drumming with the emphasis on inclusion and fun for all.

We also have volunteers who are able to provide refugees help with activities such as knitting and playing games.


At each Drop-In we provide a vegetarian lunch for all the refugees.

We also get donations from food outlets such as Gail’s bakery.


Our refugees have a wide range of needs for advice and support. At the Social Sundays we signpost people to the relevant organisations who can help them with benefit claims, housing problems and other issues.