A REFUGEE support group which was in danger of closing has been saved for another year.
Kirklees Refugees And Friends Together (Kraft) has had a year's rent for its premises paid for by grants from Kirklees Council.
But the group is still facing a cash crisis and has been forced to leave its base at Belmont Street, Highfields, and move to smaller premises, 24 Queen Street, Huddersfield.
Alan Brooke, spokesman for Kraft, said: "We have had to substantially downsize, which is why we have moved to smaller premises.
"Thanks to getting the rent paid our survival has been guaranteed for 12 months.
"But we are still living from hand to mouth in a precarious existence - like most voluntary organisations."
Kraft, founded five years ago, made a plea for help last November, when cash hit an all-time low.
Grants and donations were so few that Kraft had to plunder its hardship fund in order to pay overheads such as phone bills.
This meant the group had to turn away needy families who had come to use the fund, which usually contained several thousand pounds.
It provided food, household essentials, medicines and travel expenses to desperate families waiting for Home Office help.
They included people whose asylum applications were being processed or had been turned down.
Mr Brooke said: "It takes a while for people to be taken back to their own country, even if they volunteer.
"They sometimes get help from the Home Office. But we mainly help people who have had claims refused but are too afraid to go home.
"Just because they have been refused asylum doesn't mean their claim was false.
"The criteria are so strict. It is not enough for them to be afraid of living in dangerous war zones. They have to prove that a specific threat has been made against them.
"We had to take money from the hardship fund because we needed to protect the core organisation.
"Without an organisation we would not be able to help anybody."
Mr Brooke said money was still needed to help the 70 people who turn up at Kraft's offices every day.
The group also needs volunteers, because the demanding work means there is a high turnover of staff.
Because of the cash problems, Kraft has also been forced to cut some of its paid staff and now has just two paid case workers.
There are about 24 volunteer workers.
If you can help Kraft, phone its new offices on 01484 352050.