In 2000, a group of church-goers got together to reach out to the asylum seekers and refugees beginning to arrive in the Lynn area.
The group formed by Churches Together soon developed into King’s Lynn Asylum and Refugee Support (KLARS), which now employs a team of professional staff to provide multilingual advice to 350 people a month.
Some 180 clients are in Lynn and 170 at twice-weekly drop-ins in Wisbech. The service relies mainly on word-of-mouth to reach those who need it.
It offers advice in Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish on subjects such as English classes, help with completing forms, making appointments, understanding bills, information on benefits system, workers rights, tax credits and information on schools and nurseries.
The organisation has been running an international fiesta annually since 2005, which attracts around 150 people and brings nationalities together to enjoy dancing, live music and sample foods from different cultures.
It was held at Whitefriars School, in Whitefriars Road, Lynn, on Saturday.