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Coronavirus Asylum Handbook

Refugee Action has published a useful new handbook with information and advice on how charities working with asylum seekers and refugees are addressing challenges around Covid-19.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

They also help with urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants. The help they can offer will depend on where you are. 

Find out more here.

Asylum Aid

Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity who work to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom from persecution and human rights abuses abroad.

They provide free, accessible, high-quality legal services to asylum-seekers with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and excluded. 

Sutton Help Yourself to Health

Help Yourself to Health are now operate their health support services online and via the phone.

You can speak to a health advisors in a variety of languages -  Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Arabic and Polish.

You can reach them by emailing hrch.hythsutton@nhs.net and letting them know your contact details.

Action on Addiction

Action on Addiction is a UK addictions charity.

They provide life-saving treatment for individuals and families affected by all kinds of addiction including alcohol, drugs (prescribed and nonprescribed), gambling, gaming, sex and love, and some food-related disorders.

For access their articles and videos, visit the website. 

BBC Asian Network

BBC Asian Network have created videos in which Doctors explain Coronavirus in a range of South Asian languages. Click the link below to go to the video:

Diabetes UK

Coronaviruses can cause more severe symptoms and complications in people with diabetes.

Everyone with diabetes, including those with type 1, type 2 and gestational, is at risk of developing a severe illness if they get coronavirus, but the way it affects you can vary from person to person. 

Access this frequently updated information page for people living with diabetes.

Mind

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

Mind believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Mind has built a Coronavirus Information Hub, which includes specific advice on what to do if you are worried about your wellbeing.

Rethink

Rethink are one of the largest charities providing care and support for those living with mental health conditions.

They have set up this online hub to provide practical support and information that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness.

Therapy for Black Girls

So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist.

This space, Therapy for Black Girls, was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible.

Therapy for Black Men

Created so that men and boys of colour would have a dedicated place to find relevant mental health resources.

Therapy for Black Men strisp away the stigmatization associated with men of color regarding therapy in their communities at large.

MannMukti

MannMukti - Hindi for “mental liberation” - aims to encourage healthy, open dialogue of mental health issues among the South Asian community.

The site hosts a range of resources, including individuals’ stories, and podcasts. There is also a growing community on the site.

Podcast: The Friend Zone

Hosted by three friends - Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey, and Assante - The Friend Zone is a podcast exploring mental health and mental hygiene.

New episodes every Wednesday

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers.

They also run an ecommunity - a online forum to access information and support. 

National Zakat Foundation

NZF is and UK platform connecting Muslims who can give Zakat with those who should be receiving it locally.

You can access their website to find out more or to apply for Zakat.

They are currently offering support through four funds: Hardship Relief Fund, Housing Fund, Work Fund, and Education Fund.

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. They are working to make sure all young people get the best possible mental health 

If the current news on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, read Young Minds advice on what you can do.

Migrant Children's Project

The Migrant Children's Project offers free initial legal advice on all issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, young people and families including:

  • Immigration, asylum and nationality law
  • Support and accommodation
  • Age assessment
  • Education, work and training
  • Health care. 

Sikh Helpline

Established over 25 years ago, The Sikh Helpline has developed itself to be a trusted point of contact for members of the community in dealing with a range of issues, especially those linked to cultural and social taboos

Coronavirus Support: free professional and confidential counselling over telephone or email. 

Muslim Council of Britain

The Muslim Council of Britain regularly updates their guidance to help inform a range of groups - including individuals, mosques, and educational institutions. Access their Coronavirus Guidance

They also provide advice for parents, and guidance on coping with stress during COVID-19. 

Hindu Council UK

Hindu Council UK represents an amalgamation of various Hindu denominations in the UK through their temple bodies and cultural organisations. On their website, you can find:

Church Urban Fund

An organisation that works through the Church of England’s local parish networks, with churches and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, national and local government, charities and foundations, as well as individual supporters, to bring about positive change in communities.

Voyage Youth

With support designed for ages 14 and up, Voyage Youth is a London based charity providing transformative leadership programmes for young people from ethnic minority communities.

Imaa

Working to support & create an inclusive community for LGBTQI+ Muslims in the UK

23 Code Street

23 Code Street is on a mission to empower all women from all walks of life with the skills and confidence to be technical.

They aim to give them the tools needed to build our futures. Find out about their courses and programmes via their website.

EdX

Access 2,500 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide.

BMECP Centre

The Brighton-based Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership is an infrastructure organisation that runs training and events as well as a range of community services.

BYP Network

The Black Young Professionals Network connects black professionals to job opportunities, events, and each other.

The website includes a filterable jobs board.

EmployAbility

EmployAbility provides resources, support and opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates.

The Sharan Project

The Sharan Project aims to empower, educate and inspire women who want to learn more about the support and choices that are available to them.

They offer free impartial, confidential and culturally sensitive support, advice and information on key life skills including employment, education, financial, and legal.

Sistah Space

A community based initiative supporting African heritage women and girls, Sistah Space bridges the gap in domestic abuse services for grassroots and all other African heritage women and girls.

Their services include support for domestic and sexual abuse survivors, as well as mental health support, and support for those experiencing substance abuse.

Roshni (Birmingham): 0800 953 9666

Roshni Birmingham is a leading provider supporting ethnic minority communities through their journey to safety, confidence and independence to live free from violence, abuse and fear.

Panahghar (Coventry & Leicester): 024 7622 8952

Panahghar provides free dedicated multi lingual support, advice and advocacy and access to safe refuge for survivors and their families of domestic abuse, sexual abuse or gendered abuse in Coventry and Leicester.

If English is not your first language, contact them on 0800 055 6519.

Saheli (Manchester): 0161 945 4187

Saheli gives Asian women a chance to get away from violent domestic abuse situations by providing an environment which is safe, culturally familiar and which helps them come to decisions of their own about their next steps.

Information and advice is available to help them to make positive decisions for themselves and their children.

Amadudu Women's Refuge (Liverpool): 0151 734 0083

A refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. The service offers temporary accommodation for families, providing support, understanding and access to additional services when required.

They prioritise the needs of Black and Racial Minority (BRM) women and children but will take referrals from all sections of the community.

Endeavour Project (Bolton): 01204 394842

Endeavours to end domestic abuse for people and their pets. They have launched a new BAME domestic violence support service focusing on minority groups.

Enquiries@endeavourproject.org.uk. 

Midaye Somali Development Network: 020 8969 7456

Midaye provides targeted, multi-lingual services and projects to minority ethnic communities in London. Their services are diverse and are designed to provide wrap-around support for individuals.

They include FGM support, employment support, personal coaching for those struggling with mental health, and health and education workshops.

BAWSO: 0800 731 8147

Bawso is an all Wales Organisation providing support for those affected or are at risk of domestic abuse and all forms of violence. Their services include: 

  • Training
  • Temporary accommodation

Barclay's Life Skills

From personal development and employability, to starting a business, managing your personal finance and looking after well-being, Barclays Life Skills has a range of resources, training & free tools available.

Ubele

Ubele aims to build community resilience and sustainability through knowledge generation and learning, they connect individuals across diasporas and generations. 

They have a range of resources to support BAME communities through COVID-19, including a weekly bulletin and a series of online workshops.

Runnymede Trust

The UK's leading independent race equality think-tank, working end racism.

Follow them for updates on their work and research. 

Black Girls Talking

Hosted by Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou - four amazing black women getting together to talk about pop culture through the lens of the representation (or lack of) black women in media.

Burnt Roti

Burnt Roti is a South Asian lifestyle magazine dedicated to showcasing the best and brightest in the community.

Gal Dem

A new media company committed to sharing the perspectives of women and non-binary people of colour.

Follow them for insightful blogs and content.

Black Ballad

Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women.

Black Ticket Project

Black Ticket Project are dedicating £5,000 to Black young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds looking to appeal their A Level results and cannot do so due to financial implications.

If you are/work with young people experiencing this, please contact us on blackticketproject@gmail.com.

Fuse Manchester

A non-profit organisation, community and platform dedicated to creatives of colour in Greater Manchester, working towards a racially diverse and inclusive creative industry.

The Other Box

The Other Box educate and empower people to work and live more inclusively through our training, consultancy & brand partnerships

They run a Facebook group that provides a supportive online community for people & parents of colour. 

They also run diversity and inclusion training and a jobs board. 

Future Girl Corp

Helping female leaders thing bigger, join their Facebook group for a collaborative online community for female entrepreneurs

Women Who

Women Who is a platform dedicated to helping women think, work, and live better, by fostering environments that allow them to make vital connections, share essential information, and (of course) have plenty of fun along the way. 

Everything they do is aimed at helping women get to where they want to be.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Councils works directly with thousands of refugees each year. They support them from the moment they arrive in the UK with crisis advice, practical support & mental health counselling. They are continuing to support refugees during the spread of Covid-19 by adapting services for phone and online. 

Inclusive Mosque Initiative

Dedicated to creating safe and inclusive places of worship and spiritual practice, to the promotion of inclusive Islamic principles, and to centering and uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalised people within communities.

Prepster

PrEPster aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond.

In response to COVID-19, PrEPster have created an info hub about PrEP, sex, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, physical and mental health, and community, with links to partner orgs, services and information.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust is the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.

They have a range of information, online & phone support services.

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. 

They are offering a range of services during lockdown to support LGBT people. 

Galop: 0800 999 5428

Galop is the UK's only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Their mission is to make life just, fair and safe for LGBT+ people.

If you need support:

  • Call 0800 999 5428 
  • or email help@galop.org.uk

 

Talk to Frank

Find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law. 

Go to Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today. 

Jewish Women’s Aid

Jewish Women's Aid supports Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence.

They also have resources to help individuals support someone they suspect is going through domestic abuse.

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation

IKWRO’s mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

They provide direct services for women and girls, including advocacy, training and counselling.

Imkaan

Imkaan is a UK-based, feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls.

As well as research and training, they offer strategic advocacy, and consultancy services.

FORWARD

FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is an African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls.

They tackle abuse and discrimination through a range of services. 

Chinese Information and Advice Centre

CIAC is a free information, advice and support to disadvantaged Chinese people living in the United Kingdom.

Among the services offered are support for navigating immigration, home and housing support, and legal assistance.

Asha Projects: 020 8696 0023

Asha Projects are an organisation working to end violence against women and girls, specifically catering for the South Asian community.

As well as confidential support and advice, they can also offer secure, temporary accommodation.

Ashiana Network: 020 8539 0427

Offering a range of services, including specialist counselling, advice and advocacy, and professional training, the Ashiana Network helps ethnic minority women between the ages of 16 and 30 who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Refuge

Supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse is at the core of everything Refuge do.

No matter what your experience – domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking or modern slavery – they aim to support you. Refuge run a range of specialist services to help survivors access safety and rebuild their lives

Victim Support

Victim Support believes that all survivors of domestic abuse should be able to get the support they need to move on from the impact of abuse.

They don’t just help people who’ve recently experienced domestic abuse — they provide support to men and women, weeks, months and years afterwards.

Africa Advocacy Foundation

Empowers individuals to take control of their health and wellbeing through accurate information, advice and guidance.

They provide safe, judgment-free and inclusive platforms for community members to discuss and engage in activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices. 

Covid-19 LGBTQ+ Mutual Aid

LGBTQ+ homelessness charity The Outside Project has set up an online support hub for the community to provide help to those in need, especially those who are homeless or in insecure circumstances.

In the group you can provide your details so you can then be connected with a nearby LGBTQ+ person in need of support. 

Drink Aware

Drink Aware provides independent advice, information and tools to help people make better choices about their drinking.

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol there is lots of help available via Drink Aware. You can find some useful links and phone numbers on their website, as well as an online chat option. 

Alcohol Change

Alcohol Change can support you to access information and advice on alcohol during the Coronavirus outbreak,

This includes tips for managing your drinking, links to support you can access even while self-isolating, and guidance for professionals.

Crisis

Crisis is a national charity for homeless people. They provide help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good.

They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. How they help someone depends on their individual needs and situation. 

 

Shelter

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support, and legal services.

Their main site has a range of resources to help those in need of housing support. You can also find links to their regional information.

Special iApps

Educational apps specially designed to support children with special educational needs, including autism and Down syndrome.

Khan Academy

A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere - a range of courses are available for a children with different skills, abilities & interests.

NSPCC

The NSPCC believes that it’s up to each of us to do everything possible to keep childhood safe from abuse, so children can grow up healthy and thrive.

Amongst a range of resources, they now have a dedicated Coronavirus advice and support hub for parents and carers.

Gingerbread

The charity for single parent families. They provide expert advice and practical support for single mums and dads in England and Wales.

Xenia

Xenia brings migrant, refugee, asylum-seeking and British women together to connect, share and learn together.

Their in-person workshops are suspended at the moment, but women can still participate online or via phone!

Step Change

Step Change is the UK's leading debt charity where you can get expert debt advice and fee-free debt management to help you tackle your debts

Visit their website if you are in a cash crisis situation and urgently need money for food or other essentials. This video also explains what to do if you’re worried about your financial situation. 

Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Use their free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools to check what benefits you might be able to claim and what grants you might be able to apply for.

Family Fund - helping disabled children

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child, they might be able to help.

Resourcing Racial Justice

The Resourcing Racial Justice fund is a coalition of people of colour innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change.

They have established a new UK wide-funding pool to support individuals and communities working towards racial justice.

Yapp Charitable Trust

Yapp Charitable Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.

IMECE Women’s Centre

IMECE supports women from ethnic minority backgrounds, in particular supporting Turkish, Kurdish, and Cyproit Turkish women.

They work with all those who self-identify as women. Services include counselling, advice and information, and training.

Enfield Muslim's Women's Aid: 020 8920 3565

Enfiled Muslim’s Women’s Aid provides relief for women and their dependent children who suffered or who are at risk of suffering domestic violence or abuse through the provision of accommodation, support and advice.

All Ways Network

The All Ways Network works to empower small charities working with Muslims 

They believe in having a strong support networks for our community of charities especially within the current rocky climate in the UK, with its constant cuts from the government.

 

Anah Project (Bradford): 08459 60 60 11

Anah Project provides support for women experiencing any form of abuse in various languages. They aim to educate women on their human rights, increase their confidence and self-esteem and regain their independence.

Their website is available in English, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gugarati, and Hindi.

Apna Ghar Women's Centre (South Shields): 0191 456 4147

Apna Ghar provides services for women from ethnic minority communities in South Tyneside.

These include courses e.g. ESOL, Conversation, Health & Social Care, Volunteering and activities e.g. lunch groups, advice sessions, leisure activities..

Bloody Good Period

Bloody Good Period are partnered with 40 asylum seeker drop-in centres around the country, helping provide sanitary products.

They have a large supply of period products in their storage facility, and have providing them to anyone who needs them (particularly drop-in centres, refuges, homeless shelters and food banks). They are also supplying frontline NHS workers who are struggling to access period essentials.

Asian Women’s Resource Centre

Services include information for survivors of domestic abuse, support in securing safe housing, advocacy and interpreters, access to counselling and legal advice.

They also provide support in multiple languages, including Bengali, Guajarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Farsi.

Debt Advice Foundation: 0800 043 4050

The Debt Advice Foundation is a charity that provides information and a helpline to help you understand the array of options that can be considered; such as a debt management plan, bankruptcy, IVA and debt consolidation.

EACH Counselling and Support

EACH was established in 1991 as Ethnic Alcohol Counselling in Hounslow to address this gap. It was the first Asian specific community-based alcohol service to be established in the UK and a pioneer in the provision of culturally sensitive alcohol services.

 

 

Latin American Women’s Aid: 020 7275 0321

Text (or call) them on: 07534 424 826 or 07462 191 700

Latin American Women’s Aid is run for and by Latin American, Black and Minority Ethnic women. It supports women and children fleeing gender-based violence, offering holistic and intersectional services. 

Refugee Action

Refugee Action has moved to respond to the potentially enormous effects that the coronavirus will have. The wellbeing of refugees, people seeking asylum, our staff and volunteers is their number one consideration. They have been preparing for the practicalities of social distancing and restricted travel.

Kurdish & Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation

Call them on: 020 7263 1027 (Islington), 020 7708 0057 (Southwark), 07748 851 125 (Mobile)

KMEWO is an organisation that works with women from Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African backgrounds, supporting those fleeing civil war and gender based violence.

Rights of Women

Providing women with the legal advice and information they need to understand their legal rights:

  • Family Law - 020 7251 6577
  • Criminal Law - 020 7251 8887
  • Immigration & Asylum - 020 7490 7689

The Angelou Centre (Newcastle): 0191 226 0394

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

They offer a range of holistic women only services for women across the North East region. As well as frontline support they also work at strategic and national levels ensuring the voices of women are represented and heard.

Jewish Care

In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, Jewish Care, Nightingale Hammerson and The Fed have come together to make sure the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community receive the additional care they so urgently need

Escape the City

Escape the City provides support for individuals who want to change their career or start a business. Alongside webinars and an online community forum, they also are providing support to people facing redundancy. 

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business. They also provide online support which may be useful during this time. 

Scale Up Institute

The Scale Up Institute has developed a Covid-19 resource hub curating resources from across the private and public sectors. 

London Growth Hub

To support London-based businesses, the London Growth Hub has brought together essential resources to help your business manage and mitigate its exposure to the impact of coronavirus. 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church. They provide a range of outreach support services. 

You can find your nearest Salvation Army here.

Independent Food Bank Map

There are 842 independent food banks operating across the UK, access a map of them here. If you'd like further information, please contact Sabine Goodwin at ifanconnect@gmail.com.

Feeding Britain

Feeding Britain run a network of emergency food programmes across the UK to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points.

You can find out more via their website.

Olio

Olio is a food sharing app that connects neighbours with each other and Food Waste Hero volunteers with local businesses, to share food (and other things) rather than chuck them away.

Crisis

Advice & support for homeless people.

If you’re homeless, Crisis can offer you expert help to find safe housing, an opportunity to gain new skills plus wellbeing and safety advice at their Skylight centres.

St Mungo's

For nearly 50 years, St Mungo’s has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle homelessness.

Find out about their services in outreach, accommodation, health, recovery, employment and more here.

Hey Girls

Hey Girls gives a box of product away to girls and young women in the UK from low-income families for every one box that’s sold.

Praxis

Praxis provide expert advice helping people to navigate the complexities of immigration law and safeguard their future.

Incorporated Society of Musicians

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s professional body for musicians and subject association for music. 

Access support via their website, as well as information on grants available.

Make A Difference Trust

The Make A Difference Trust is fighting HIV and AIDS one stage at a time. 

Their Crisis Fund is designed to provide support to those in the theatre industry who are experiencing unexpected financial distress as a direct result of Covid0-19.

Grants Online

Grants Online is the UK's most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service.

A number of organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Black Training & Enterprise Group

The mission of The Black Training & Enterprise Group is to end racial inequality by championing fairness, challenging discrimination and pioneering innovative solutions to empower Black communities, through a range of projects.

Humraaz (Blackburn): 01254 695800

Humraaz Support Services provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse and all forms of Harmful Traditional Practices. As well as a refuge, they also provide advocacy and support. Warning: website features images of women who have suffered from domestic violence.

Shakti Women's Aid (Edinburgh): 0131 475 2399

Shakti Women’s Aid helps ethnic minority women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household.

Working closely with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, and NHS Scotland, they provide training and consultancy for agencies working with BAME people.

Apna Haq (Rotherham): 01709 519211

A survivor-led organisation with experience in the forms of violence that disproportionately affect ethnic minority women.

They welcome women from from any religion or no religion, and of any sexuality, including women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTQIA+). 

Al-Hasaniya Morrocan Women's Centre: 020 8969 2292

Al-Hasaniya offers support via a range of projects, including services for emotional well-being, and domestic violence.

It serves the health, welfare, educational and cultural needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women and their families in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.