North East

FODI: Friends of Drop-In Sunderland

The Drop-In provides a safe and friendly environment for asylum seekers and refugees. They offer services such as internet access, free swim and gym, ESOL, free haircuts, free trips to places of interest, donations of food and clothes.

DAR - Darlington Assistance for Refugees

DAR is a voluntary organisation helping refugees assimilate into UK society after being granted asylum. DAR has many partners in the North East and are able to help with legal aid, food banks, language classes, transportation and local knowledge to legal aid and form-filling for doctor and dentist registration.

Justice First - North East

Justice First provides legal aid to people living in the Tees Valley area who are seeking asylum in the UK and who have initially been refused leave to stay here.

A Way Out

Based in Stockton-on-Tees, A Way Out is an outreach and prevention charity which aims to engage, empower and equip vulnerable and excluded women, families and young people.

They offer support for people with substance misuse problems, those involved with sex work, homeless or living on the streets, often engaged in offending or victims of abuse.
 

Rubies

In response to a study that found Middlesbrough as the 'worst place in the UK for girls growing up', this charity aims to increase self-esteem, builds resilience and form a safe women's community and space.

Trans Aware

Provides advocacy and support to those who identify on the Transgender Spectrum. Trans Aware also provide information and advice for the general public to better understand how to support Transgender & Non-Binary identities. Trans Aware also provides Training to public bodies & Community groups as well as policy consultation to comply with up to date legislation.

Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) Middlesbrough

MAP aims to reduce isolation for Asylum seekers and help them to meet basic needs, to enable healthy living, meaningful activity, and social opportunities. By so doing they hope to create a sense of community, and to empower those they meet to develop their own lives and to integrate into the local community.

Open Door North East

A Christian Charity in Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire providing support and integration for asylum seekers and refugees. Services include ESOL lessons, Refugee Housing and Women's Group. Each service has its own corresponding email address:

ARCH North East

A registered charity based in Teesside offering free and confidential counselling and ISVA (independent sexual violence advisor) support to people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse at any point in their life.

Harbour (North East)

Regional multi-faceted charity offering help with domestic violence for men, women, children, with therapy programmes and a dedicated Young People Service. They also offer security measures and help with housing for refugees.

Route2 (Middlesbrough)

Route2 is an initiative offered by My Sister's Place that offers one-to-one help, education, advice and support to rehabilitate men who are behaving abusively towards family and want to change.

My Sister's Place (Middlesbrough)

Specialist counselling and therapy services offered to women 16+ who have experienced domestic violence. They also have links to Sanctuary, which offers support to those feeling unsafe in their homes through extra security installation and measures.

Foundations Harris Street

An NHS medical centre with specialist prescribing facilities, home and inpatient detoxification and
relapse prevention. There is a dedicated Asylum Seekers support section.

Tees Valley Women's Centre

For affordable courses for future employment and building self-esteem in a safe space for womxn. A grassroots venture that offers one to one support for women, advice & guidance, training and education, and employment opportunities, with a monthly law and debt advice clinic available. These are at a reduced rate and they also have a creche service which is free to those taking the courses.

Refugees at Home

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.

Forward UK

FORWARD (Foundation of Women's Health Research and Development) is the African women-led women's rights organisation working to end violence against women and girls.

CHAYN

CHAYN is a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by creating intersectional survivor-led resources online. We started in 2013, and have since reached more than 300 000 people and 1.2 million views across the world.

Everyday Language Solutions (North West)

ELS is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a wide range of interpretation and translation services to the North East community and beyond, through sign and face to face interpretations, telephone interpreting and translation of any document into any language and format.

EMAT - Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (Middlesbrough)

A team of professionals dedicated to support and promote the educational achievement of black and ethnic minority students, integrating students with ESL/EAL, supporting families with EAL in navigating the education system, providing in-school support to Traveller, fair and circus students.

TS1 Tees Valley - Sports

Community sporting initiative welcoming members of ethnic minorities in order to bring communities together, with competition money going to organisations like the One Ummah organisation, an Islamic charity working with people affected by the Syrian conflict.

The No Accommodation Network (NACCOM)

NACCOM represents a network of organisations seeking to prevent destitution amongst migrants with no recourse to public funds. Member organisations provide accommodation and support to asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants, and NACCOM provide resources and support for our members.

Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World's vision is a world where everyone can see a doctor when they need to. They provide free healthcare, advice and practical support to people who struggle to access NHS services, while working to tackle the barriers to healthcare they face. They believe everyone has the right to healthcare, regardless of their immigration status.

Aapna Services (Middlesbrough)

With services including care, counselling, dementia and advocacy support, this charity aims to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people who are socially excluded on the grounds of their ethnicity, religion, belief or creed by providing a local network group that encourages and enables the people to participate more effectively with the wider community.

NEST via NUSU

A multi-award winning and internationally-recognised student-led project at Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) that is managed by Go Volunteer. N.E.S.T empowers the refugee and asylum-seeking community in the region through a variety of formats such as one-to-one English teaching, group English classes, sports, creative arts and trips into the local area.

Just For Kids Law

 

Just For Kids Law exists to help children and young people overcome all the difficulties they face, from problems at school and issues with immigration status to trouble with the police. They support young people through youth advocacy, legal support and youth projects

Be (North)

Be is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They work to improve the lives of Trans and Non-Binary people throughout the North East and West of England and beyond through their weekly drop-in sessions, peer support groups and social events. 

Article 39

 

Article 39 is a small, independent charity which fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions (children’s homes, boarding and residential schools, mental health inpatient units, prisons and immigration detention) in England.

INQUEST

INQUEST is the only charity providing expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Their specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.

Sangini

Sangini is a multicultural women’s organisation based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. They seek to improve the quality of women’s lives by increasing their physical, mental and spiritual health through educational, creative and participatory activities that also celebrate cultural diversity. Classes include cooking, art, storytelling for young people, henna, creative writing etc.

North of England Refugee Services - NERS

NERS is an independent and charitable organisation which exists to meet the needs and promote the interests of asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived or have settled in the North of England. 

They offer housing support, translation and interpretation, asylum applications, and integration services.

QTPoC Mental Health

QTPoC Mental Health is a facebook group that exists to provide greater access to community healing. They host meditations for queer & trans people of colour and publish original art and writing on www.restforresistance.com.

POC in Campaigns

A facebook group for People of Colour working (or aspiring to work) in campaigns to share opportunities, concerns and questions.

POC in Nature

A Black-led community for People of Colour to explore the healing power of nature, environmental justice & land-honouring ancestral traditions.

Sarbat LGBT Sikhs

Sarbat is a volunteer led group addressing LGBT issues from a Sikh perspective. They organise regular events to encourage discussions, tackle homophobia/biphobia/transphobia and build bridges within and beyond their communities.

CREST - Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside

CREST is a charity that promotes racial equality and assists people from communities in South Tyneside (and further afield) to enjoy a better quality of life. Through their Chai and Chat (for over 50s), Forgotten Folklore and Essential Skills for Work clubs, CREST supports those in need to gain access in education, training and employment, to raise aspirations and to ensure their voice is heard.

Daikon

A zine by and for South East and East Asian people of marginalised genders in the diaspora.

North East of England African Community Association - NEEACA

The NEEACA is a charity organisation that offers support, advocacy, advice and empowerment to people of African descent living in the North East.

  • befriending 
  • social and cultural events for all
  • assistance & workshops to those those negotiating different cultural expectations
  • opportunities to learn about African achievements, culture, art and music

Land in Our Names (LION)

An ecosystem builder centring the experience of Black people and People of Colour through an anti-capitalist, reparative justice framework. LION hold workshops and events to strategise and network-build while consistently documenting their activities through writing, photography and video.

Pakistan Cultural Society (Newcastle)

This community group offers an intercultural forum that would promote South Asian traditional and contemporary arts and cultures. Over the years, the experience of PCS has managed to bring together diverse audiences which have helped to break down the conventional boundaries and cultural barriers. 

JET (Newcastle)

JET provide support and free ESOL classes for people from ethnic backgrounds, refugees and asylum seekers. JET offers help searching for work, suitable training and work experience, as well as integrating into society and local communities.

MESMAC Newcastle: 0191 233 1333

MESMAC Newcastle works with gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men to increase the range of choices open to them. They offer free HIV tests, advice and information on many different health issues including Sexual Health, STI’s, support groups and much more. They also offer 1-2-1 support and a 5-day-a-week helpline.

IPC (North East)

Investing in People and Culture promotes the economic and social inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and other minority communities in the North East. They provide links to education, work, training and integration advice.