VOLUNTEERS from St Dunstan’s Church and the East Acton community in East Acton are supporting a group of asylum seekers, who were last week forced to move out of a hostel provided by the Home Office.

Since February, the asylum seekers had been in self-catering accommodation in East Acton.

St Dunstan’s has played an important role in integrating them into the community.

Every Thursday, the church opens its doors to provide a drop-in run by EASE (Ealing and Acton Support Enterprise), a group of volunteers.

They cook hot meals, provide English lessons and offer activities such as children’s crafts and table tennis.

The church has also been working with charities including West London Welcome, Care for Calais, The Felix Project and City Harvest.

Last week, however, the asylum seekers were moved from their accommodation, with some going to a hotel in Kent.

The Rev Jon Westall, Vicar of St Dunstan’s, said: “The church’s task has always been to treat other people as we would like to be treated. This has been our aim with our new neighbours.

“It was a real shock when we discovered they were being relocated from their home of the last year.

“My thoughts and prayers are with them at this very challenging time.”