Methodist Asylum Project


MAP welcomes and supports asylum-seekers and refugees within the Middlesbrough area.  We aim to reduce isolation and to meet basic needs, to enable healthy living, meaningful activity, and social opportunities.  By so doing we hope to create a sense of community, and to empower those we meet to develop their own lives and to integrate into the local community

We deliver services 5 days a week, as follows:

Monday 5.30pm – 6.30pm Keep Fit at Linthorpe Road Methodist Centre
Wednesday 10am – 1pm Avenue Drop-in at Avenue Methodist Church

5.30pm- 6.30pm Keep Fit at Linthorpe Road Methodist Centre

Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm Welcome to Middlesbrough Drop-in at The John Paul Centre

2pm – 4pm Chess Club also at The John Paul Centre

Friday 10am -12.30pm Come & Chat at Linthorpe Road Methodist Centre

2pm – 4pm Singing Group also at Linthorpe Road Methodist Centre

Saturday 2pm – 4pm Games at Avenue Methodist Church


MAP’s services are volume services.  We had footfall of over 6,000 in 2014-2015, distributed 2077 bags of clothing, and helped 252 newly arrived individuals with targeted support.

We have a particular focus on working with newly arriving asylum-seekers.  We receive referrals from the housing provider and the Home Office.  We have a team of 55 to 60 volunteers, many  with language skills, who make contact by telephone, and then invite individuals for Welcome Meetings at our Thursday session.

MAP at the John Paul Centre

MAP’s office is in the John Paul Centre Basement, and we occupy the full basement area all day every Thursday. During this time we deliver a 3 hour drop-in for asylum-seekers, chess club and a variety of ad-hoc classes and activities.