Bishops show their support for centres that offer vital help

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BOTH Bishops of Portsmouth will pledge their support for two projects that help some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, will visit Advice Portsmouth and the asylum drop-in centre on Monday.

Advice Portsmouth in Kingston Crescent offers free, independent and confidential advice about family issues, employment, housing, benefits and debt.

The drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees is at All Saints’ Church, in Commercial Road, and is run by the Red Cross and Haslar Visitors Group.

It helps those who have applied for asylum in the UK and are waiting to hear the outcome, and those who have been granted refugee status.

The visits were arranged to reflect similar visits the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster are making before Easter.

Bishop Christopher said: ‘Many of us have no idea what life is like for those who are genuinely at breaking point. These two organisations deal every day with those who face destitution.

‘Bishop Philip and I want to hear from some of these vulnerable people, to give us a clearer idea about what they are facing. We’ll also hear from the staff who help them. We’ll listen to their concerns and try to find a way for our congregations to support people in these difficult situations.’