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Essentials and Housing
In this section, you will find organisations that help provide emergency food and basic necessities to individuals, along with information on housing support services.
Alongside this list, we recommend that you visit the website of your local council or contact them directly to see what local support is available.
The Sharan Project aims to empower, educate and inspire vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin.
They offer free impartial, confidential and culturally sensitive support, advice and information including around employment, education, financial, and legal.
Panahghar provide free dedicated BAME (racialised) multilingual support, advice and advocacy and access to safe refuge for victims 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 their 24-hour helpline on 0800 055 6519.
A Brixton based service for the homeless and people in need. They also offer help, support and outreach for those unable to get to them, volunteering and a "Lawyers in the Soup Kitchen" programme offering free legal resources.
ASCERT is a charity provides support to reduce alcohol and drug-related harm in communities across Northern Ireland.
They do this by offering support to adults, young people and families a directory of services in the area and a resource hub.
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.
Open Door is a drop-in service for refugees and asylum seekers at the East Oxford Community Centre. They offer advice, information, support, recreational activities and a free lunch. They provide a welcoming environment for people to meet, make connections, chat to volunteers and friends, gain training and participate in the preparation of a hot lunch (with halal and vegetarian options).
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, experiencing homelessness and often engaged in offending or victims of abuse.
One25 are a Bristol-based charity that support women through crisis and trauma.
They offer an outreach van for women on the streets at night, a daytime drop-in centre, a casework team, as well as specific teams for those with experience of child-removal and those in recovery.
Carefree works with young people aged 11-25 who are in and leaving care across Cornwall. They engage in positive social education activities, events and projects, as well as a personal advisor service for about half of Cornwall's care leavers.
They also support separated children seeking asylum.
Al-Hurraya Nottingham was founded in response to an emerging need of a service which works directly with minority communities. They offer "culturally-wise" counselling, community building, addiction support, family support, education and prevention, early intervention and women's groups.
In response to the doctor shortage in our NHS, this scheme looks to help refugee doctors regain employment in the UK.
They also offer family support and housing, as well as retraining and refreshment courses to build confidence and secure jobs.
MICAH Liverpool is a social justice charity - set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and St Bride’s Church - aim to support Liverpool residents experiencing social injustice and poverty.
They run projects to combat unemployment and deliver emergency food aid and affordable food.
Access East Anglia exists to help migrants settle into their local communities. They work in partnership with stakeholders to promote community cohesion, to offer multi-lingual advice services and to provide practical support to overcome language barriers for their clients.
Devon Communities Together provide a range of projects and services which support communities throughout Devon.
They offer programmes and advice on a range of topics such as benefits, money, business, health, affordable housing and more.
Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership offer practical and emotional support to asylum seekers and refugees in West Hertfordshire.
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.
Age UK is the leading charity for older people. They offer help, information and advice on their website.
P.H.O.E.B.E is an Ipswich-based charity offering advice, information, advocacy support and counselling to ethnic minority (racialised) women and children, including domestic abuse support.
Their number is 01473 231566.
BCRC assists people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (racialised) communities throughout the Causeway Coast and Glen’s borough.
They do this through ESOL and conversational English classes, a drop-in service, housing support and more services.
Aapna in Middlesborough offers services including care, counselling, dementia and advocacy support for people from ethnic minority (racialised) backgrounds.
Narco SWITCH Project offer education, housing, justice, and health and wellbeing services support people to put in place the things they need to move forwards and build positive futures. They work collaboratively with other services and providers.
The Gatehouse offers free support for adults aged 25+ who are homeless, vulnerably housed, on low income and/or looking for company and community.
DAR is a voluntary organisation helping refugees assimilate into UK society after being granted asylum.
They have 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.
St Pauls Advice Centre offers specialist advice, information and casework services on welfare benefits, debt and money, employment, housing, immigration, discrimination and other community care issues.
They offer independent, impartial, confidential, non-judgemental and free advice.
St Petrocs works with homeless people in Cornwall to offer accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement.
Zola is a specialist BAME refuge run by Juno Women's Aid. There are specialist staff members who can support women’s language and cultural needs. They speak Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They support women with issues such as safety, housing, benefits, immigration, finances, children and health.
Open Doors Hull in Hull provide a range of activities and resources for asylum seekers, refugee and migrant workers (people seeking refuge and asylum).
Their weekly drop-in service includes food, small cash support, clothes, classes, immigration/benefit advice and worker support.
Cornerstone in Manchester is a day centre providing services to prevent people becoming homeless, secure safe accommodation for those who are homeless, and the support that people need to make a new home.
They have free breakfast, hot showers, a range of activities, 1:1 support and advice, as well as access/signposting to other agencies.
Ormiston Families take early and preventative action to support families across the East of England to be safe, healthy and resilient.
They work with families who have been affected by the prison system, provide mental health support, a disability group and more.
Young Devon is a young people’s charity in the South West They work with over 2000 young people a year with skills, wellbeing, advocacy and accommodation,.
Assisted Homes provide support valuable support to vulnerable people. They offer support in areas such as Benefits & Employment advice Doctor and hospital letters, and attendance and Counselling.
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
They have a benefits calculator and tailored advice for young people, older people, migrants, disabled people, people in the criminal justice system and other groups.
LGBTQIA+ 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 request support or offer to volunteer.
Hemat Gryffe provides a range of services including outreach support, culturally sensitive counselling, and support on immigration, domestic abuse, forced marriage or honour based abuse matters. Their support covers women, children and young people in Glasgow. Alongside this, their website is available in English, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu.
Call their helpline on 0141 353 0859.
Support for refugees, asylum seekers (people seeking asylum and refuge) and other migrants in need through the provision of free advice on immigration, welfare and health.
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 or housing status.
Shine provide specialist advice and support for spina bifida and hydrocephalus across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They offer support in a number of ways, including on employment, benefits, advice for carers and more.
DREAMSAI's objectives are:
1. Promoting teachings of Shirdi Saibaba as set out in Satcharita
2. Supplying food, hygiene items and essentials to homeless & needy people in temporary sheltered accommodation.
3.Raising awareness of the blood donation, bone marrow and stem cells within Indian community.
St Rollox Community Outreach offers a range of support and services to local residents, asylum Seekers, and refugees in North Glasgow.
The organisation has a drop-in café available which is available for anyone to come in and have a coffee and meet friends.
BOSH provides an outreach service providing anything they reasonably can to make lives more comfortable for people experiencing homelessness.
They also provide advocacy, advice, one to one support and help settling in to a new home and maintaining a tenancy.
Bosence Farm offers residential rehabilitation and detox support for people struggling with alcohol or drug addition.
Based in Hayle, they run a rehab, detox and stabilisation centre, as well as a dedicated young person's unit.
Nottingham Arimathea Trust is a small housing charity with a clear mission to support destitute asylum seekers (people seeking asylum), newly recognised refugees and modern slavery/trafficking victims. They have 20 properties housing around 70 residents.
DASH hosts drop-in days providing hot meals, a safe social space, casework and referrals (not legal aid).
They also liaise with housing providers, help with form-filling for health and education institutions, offer a food bank and advice on settling in to life in the UK.
Boaz Trust in Manchester provide shared accommodation and specialist 1:1 support for people who have become homeless after claiming asylum.
They host recreational and vocational activities, and help with essentials such as a small food allowance and clothes donation.
BME Support Group is a non-profitable organisation, providing practical support for Black and Minority Ethnic (racialised) families and individuals, in North-West Ipswich and it's district.
Inclusive Exeter work with grassroots groups in Exeter and surrounding areas, to run a range of projects for the benefit of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (racialised) communities.
They offer support including a community centre, drop-in service and ESOL classes.
Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities offering confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.
The Ashiana Network offers a range of services including specialist counselling, advice and advocacy, and professional training. They support ethnic minority (racialised) women between the ages of 16 and 30 who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Bawso provides practical and emotional support to Black and Minority Ethnic (racialised) victims or for those affected at risk of domestic abuse and all forms of violence. Their services include refuge, floating support, outreach, children and men's support.
Their 24-hour helpline is 0800 7318147.
Crisis night shelter for the LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) community who feel endangered, who are homeless or 'hidden' homeless.
They run recovery groups, African-specific groups, social events, as well as referral-only arts and exercise groups.
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.
First Housing Aid and Support Services is a voluntary sector non-profit making organisation which provides professional advice on housing in Northern Ireland and solutions to people who find themselves in housing difficulties.
They offer an array of services from accommodation services, floating support services and addiction support.
Trubys Garden Tea Room is an interfaith community cafe run by Muslim women building positive relationships between communities in Milton Keynes
Unity in the Community works to provide practical support and solidarity for people in need in our communities, especially asylum seekers.
As an organisation they offer many different services from English lessons, access to food banks, unity allotment community, bike workshops, LGBTQIA+ friendly.
The Homeless Health Service in Bristol drop-in clinics, offering a holistic approach to healthcare covering emotional, physical and mental health needs.
You can go to them with any health problem and list a full timetable on their website.
First Light is a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have experienced domestic violence and domestic abuse.
From support through the court system, to counselling and creating safe plans for individuals to rebuild their lives, they offer a wide range of services.
An East Midlands based facebook group for womxn who collect, fundraise to supply quality bras, new knickers, sanitary products and dignity packs for women and girls fleeing war and violence.
BEACON hosts a range of support for asylum seekers and refugees (people seeking refuge and asylum).
This includes McKenzie friends, who provide mentoring and legal assistance, hosting support and their weekly drop-in ESOL session, CHAT.
BRASS provides support for asylum seekers and refugees (people seeking refuge and asylum) in Bolton.
They offer advice, support and information to access public services, English classes, workshops on UK life, opportunities to develop skills, and various well-being activities.
Cassiltoun Housing Association is the oldest community ownership Housing Co-operative in Glasgow, and is managed by a voluntary Board which is made of local people and professionals from the housing, education and political sector.
They offer support on applying for a home, reporting a repair and more.
Sunrise Diversity are a dynamic grassroots community organisation in a remote rural area. They provide activities, services and events for individuals of diverse identities. They offer online activities, 1-2-1 support, LGBTQIA+ activities, as well diversity workshops. Their website features multilingual resources for adults and children.
Bloody Good Period are partnered with 100+ community partners across England and Wales including food banks, asylum seeker drop-in centres, refuges and homeless shelters.
They have a supply of period products in storage and off them to anyone who needs them.
CIAC is a free information, advice and support to Chinese people who are disadvantaged and living in the UK. They offer support on navigating immigration, home and housing help, legal assistance and more.
Women and Girls Network are a free service run by women, for women in London who have been affected by all forms of violence and abuse. They services include a helpline, webchat and other emotional and practical signposting support.
Alongside this, they have specific services for young women and non-binary people aged 11-25.
A member-led, campaigning union taking action to transform the housing system and win homes for people, not private profit.
Haringey Migrant Support Centre provides a weekly drop-in service for migrants. The drop-in offers free immigration advice from legal professionals, and advice and signposting services on welfare and health issues.
The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that aims to improve the physical, mental, emotional health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ people in Northern Ireland.
Based in Belfast city centre Foyle, L’Derry, they offer a range of services from free sexual health checks to counselling.
The Zainab Foundation reaches people through its bookshops, which provide a large range of Islamic books and ornaments bought from the UK and around the World. They have also donated books to be used for the National Curriculum. During the month of Ramadan the charity provides clothing and rations for those in need.
The Refugee Survival Trust in Scotland provides refugees and people seeking asylum with practical support when it is most needed.
They offer housing support, a travel fund and bus passes for new or soon-to-be mothers in the Glasgow area who are seeking asylum.
Caring in Bristol deliver projects around homelessness that support people experiencing homelessness and help prevent people becoming homeless.
Projects include a floating support service for people aged 16-25, 1:1 advice and group training.
BCHA are a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people.
They currently deliver services across the South West and South of England, including support on housing, employment and more.
The NCWA is a local voluntary sector charity providing services for Chinese people, especially older people. They offer housing assistance, home visits, translation, help with forms, counselling and physical health support.
Sharing Voices Bradford aims to reduce mental health and related inequalities through community development in partnership with Black Minority Ethnic (racialised) communities and service providers.
They offer counselling, dementia aid, community support and more services.
Accessible to speakers of nine different languages, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre is an independent neighbourhood service in Manchester.
They can advise on welfare benefits, money and debt, housing/homelessness, employment, access to adult immigration/nationality issues and more.
FearFree offer support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community.
Their workers offer a range of support including safety planning, emotional support, mentoring, alongside practical support with housing, employment/education and accessing appropriate benefits.
Refugee Support Devon support refugees in the community, preserving and protecting wellbeing, providing relief, advocacy, educating the public, and offering training and skills development.
They have a drop-in service, tailored outreach support, refugee resettlement, immigration advice, a women's group, a community garden, events and more.
The Red Box Project work to ensure that every young person has access to the period products that they need when they’re at school. Their mission is to ensure that no young person misses out on their education due to their period.
IMECE supports women from ethnic minority (racialised) backgrounds, in particular supporting Turkish, Kurdish and Cyproit Turkish. They work with all those who self-identify as women. Services include counselling, advice and information, and training.
Rights of Women work in a number of ways to help women through the law, providing legal advice and information on family law, criminal law, immigration and asylum law, and sexual harassment at work.
A Facebook group for any people of colour who want to live with other people of colour in/around the city of London. It's queer and trans friendly.
Glass Door Homeless Charity coordinates the UK's largest open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for people affected by homelessness.
Extern works alongside children, young people, and families. They support people experiencing or facing homelessness, those dealing with mental health issues, people experiencing problem drug and alcohol use and people living with problem gambling.
They also support refugees, the Traveller community and people living with an offending past.
Rooms for Refugees helps those who are seeking sanctuary to rebuild their lives. They connect those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.
CWIN is a Scottish charity that supports asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and Black and Minority Ethnic (racialised) people to access resources that improve their standard of living.
They offer a wide range of services, from drop-ins to ESOL classes, community meals and workshops.
They provide a range of domestic abuse support services to women and children, including safe houses, children’s services, dedicated Black and Ethnic Minority (racialised) services, resettlement and outreach services, and a crisis response service.
Their freephone is on 0808 2000 247.
Purbeck Good Neighbours is a volunteer group who can help older people over 50 with small or difficult one-off tasks in their home. They can help with; clearing rubbish, filing, moving furniture, helping with paperwork and letters, changing lightbulbs and batteries, and more.
Tai Pawb promotes equality and social justice in housing in Wales, for Black and Ethnic minority groups, disabled people, LGBTQ people, trans* people, diverse older and younger people. They believe that all people have the right to access good quality housing and homes in cohesive and safe communities.
Khidmat Centres in Bradford address inherent inequalities in services for the most vulnerable members of the community from minority ethnic (racialised) backgrounds.
Support includes older people services, education classes, health and wellbeing, welfare benefits advice, a women's group, learning disability groups, carers groups, Muslim Women in Prison Projects and more.
Wai Yin Society provides support for Chinese women and their families and other communities in need in the North West of England.
They have a range of employment, education and community services for Chinese men and women and for other ethnic minority groups, including Somali, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian and many European nationalities.
Sacro is a Scottish community justice organisation which works to create safer and more cohesive communities across Scotland.
They provide a wide range of services spanning all aspects of community justice. These range from conflict resolution to prevent disputes escalating, to supporting prisoners on release and housing.
Julian House run a large number of projects and services across the South West for all communities including special services for refugees and travelling communities covering health, housing, education, domestic violence, addiction support and more.
A Bloody Good Cause collect sanitary products for women experiencing homelessness.
Kiran Support Services is an Asian women organisation based in Walthamstow. They offer support for people seeking refugee, immigration advice, help for women in abusive relationships and more.
They also provide safe, temporary accommodation to Asian women and their children.
Mutual Aid is a list of local support groups established during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Whether you're self isolating and are in need of help, or you have time available and want to help others you can use this website to find a group local to you.
Toynbee Hall work to tackle the causes and impacts of poverty in East London. They provide: Legal advice, debt advice, work advice, youth projects, learning programmes and create research and policy reports
Martha House provides temporary accommodation for forced migrants who have become destitute. Food and accommodation are provided for our guests who have no recourse to public funds and are not allowed to work.We take referrals from agencies who work with migrants.
Law Centre NI offer free, independent and specialist legal advice, casework and representation in the areas of social security, employment and immigration.
Their advisors provide free, confidential and specialist advice and legal support on social security, employment and immigration issues.
Locally, in Dover, Samphire runs a community engagement project working with migrant and British communities to improve social cohesion, and better inclusion of migrants into Dover and surrounding areas of Kent.
The Multi-Cultural Family Base Scotland works with families from minority (racialised) communities and new migrants who are experiencing difficulties.
They offer a range of services including practical housing support or around financial problems. They also provide support on dealing with discrimination.
ARA provides structured treatment, counselling, housing support, education, training and employment guidance, as well as many other interventions to promote recovery and a healthier life.
They are a major provider of supported housing services in Bristol.
BID supports people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss. Their specialist service areas include advocacy, employment, befriending, British Sign Language interpreting and training, rehabilitation and housing related services.
The Welsh Refugee Council have been successfully empowering asylum seekers (people seeking asylum) and refugees to build new futures in Wales for almost 30 years. They offer support in a range of languages through advice, advocacy, casework, English classes, family support and more.
Practical and Social Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (people seeking refuge and asylum), Meeting Point Leeds provides English classes, a women's group and weekly drop-in sessions with hot meals and food aid.
WomenMATTA is a women's centre in Manchester that provides intense, holistic support to women affected by the criminal justice system and to those at risk.
It is a 'one-stop-shop' offering group work, one-to-one and counselling around domestic and sexual violence, mental health, substance and alcohol addiction, debt or money issues and more.
Friends, Families and Travellers are the only national charity working on behalf of all Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.
They offer health support, provide accommodation services through casework and outreach teams, support children and young people with schoolwork and more.
Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association (BEMSCA) provides support and services for Ethnic Minority (racialised) communities.
They run a weekly lunch club and provide advocacy and outreach support.
The Trussell Trust provides emergency food and support. They support a nationwide network of food banks to work with people locked in poverty. If you cannot afford food, they can direct you to a local food bank and emergency food. If you can afford food but are unable to get it, they can point you to your local council or Citizens Advice.
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 through one-to-one support, bilingual counselling and confidence building, education, training and volunteer opportunities.
An 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 offer support through four funds - Hardship Relief Fund, Housing Fund, Work Fund, and Education Fund.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading sight loss charity.
They offer practical and emotional support to blind and partially sighted people, their families and carers. They also raise awareness of the experiences of blind and partially sighted people and campaign to make society more accessible.
Commonweal works with Praxis Community Projects to run a no recourse to public funds (NRPF) housing project in London.
Bryson Intercultural is an organisation that seeks to empower Ethnic Minority (racialised) communities and their families throughout Northern Ireland.
They support and work with a wide range of communities such as the indigenous Irish Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers by promoting and supporting racial and ethnic integration.
WTRRP offers support to refugees, asylum seekers and non-European migrants with no recourse to public funds in West Hertfordshire. Their mission is to help provide access to the advice and services needed, often providing long term support (i.e. basic needs including food, ESOL, befriending etc) until statutory services are in place. WTRRP does not provide accommodation but finds ‘ways and means’ to help source emergency accommodation.
SAaS aim to create a cultural, social and mutual support for Devon and Cornwall’s South Asian community.
They have a wide membership of people who are drawn from countries surrounding the Indian sub-continent or part of the Asian Diaspora. They provide social welfare, recreation alongside multicultural events.
Chandos is a treatment centre for men in Bristol who recognise that alcohol and/or other substances are a problem for them and need support.
Nehemiah Housing's mission is to build successful, sustainable and diverse communities by providing housing and well-being services in a culturally sensitive way, in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They serve the multicultural African Caribbean, Asian, Irish and European communities.
Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) is a charitable organisation dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of Chinese residents in Wales.
They offer services including language support, advice, advocacy, case referral, and social, cultural, and educational activities.
Leeds Black Elders Association, a neighbourhood network scheme, provides specialised provision for Black elders.
Their website is accessible to speakers of eleven different languages. They offer services from meals on wheels, a health and wellbeing club, home security, a drop-in service, housing support and activity club.
MaCO is a community-led group which has been set up to support Congolese asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester.
They offer free and confidential advice, assistance, representation, advocacy, translating and interpreting services. This includes support around welfare, health, social education (culture), academic development, employment, finance management and life in the UK.
The Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Bristol website has useful telephone numbers and information on accessing services such as health, education, accommodation, benefits and emergency services.
They support the community through form filling, benefits advice, council tax, planning issues, health care services and equality issues.
SWALLOW is based in Bath and North East Somerset and aims to enable teenagers and adults with learning disabilities.
They offer support on housing, work skills, independent living training and much more.
IFAN has mapped the UK's independent food banks on an interactive map, of which there are at least 1172 across the UK. They also campaign on food poverty.
Sistah Space is a London-based domestic violence charity that provides specialist support services to women of African and Caribbean heritage.
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East. They provide care for older people and support for their families.
The Chinese Welfare Trust meets the needs of poor, elderly, vulnerable and victims of racist abuse amongst the Chinese community living in the UK. TCWT also works with different housing associations helping them cater to the needs of their Chinese residents and signposting those seeking sheltered housing and extra-care homes to housing schemes.
Together with Migrant Children works with children, young people and families who are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. They work nationwide, with the majority of their work is in London and the South East. They are a small team of social workers, youth workers and other family practitioners.
YMCA North Down is a faith-based volunteer organisation that seeks to support the local community, including young people and families, across North Downs. They work with all groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, religion, culture, or race.
Communities and Sanctuary Seekers Together (CAST) is a Southend-based community group, committed to bring an end to destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants with no recourse to public funding (NRPF) living in Southend.
Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support provides advice, support, education, IT facilities and a friendly communal space for asylum seekers in the region.They also offer emergency food support and a clothing store.
The Junction Project in Bristol is an accommodation-based drug and alcohol service. They provide good quality housing combined with individual support to men and women whose lives have been directly affected by alcohol or substance misuse.
Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum. They offer community supported living, residential support, community support and helplines.
Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team was set up by a group of Ethnic Minority (racialised) young people in Swansea.
They aim to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11-25 by providing a targeted, culturally sensitive and holistic support service to meet their needs.
Manchester City of Sanctuary provides opportunities for integration into the community, as well as volunteering opportunities.
They aim to bring together refugees, asylum seekers (people seeking asylum and refuge) and local Mancunians for shared understanding, fun, friendship and wellbeing.
This nation-wide charity aims to tackle young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness on a case-by-case basis, providing accommodation, family support, progression coaches for career training, among other services.
Latin American Women’s Aid runs the only refuges in Europe and in the UK by and for Latin American women and children fleeing gender-based violence.
They also offer holistic and intersectional services for Black and Minoritised (racialised) women. They are proud to be LGBTQIA+ inclusive.
Devon Communities Together is an independent charity engaged in a wide range of projects and services that support the vision of dynamic Devon communities shaping their own futures. They offer services around housing, community learning and development.
Feeding Britain run a network of emergency food programmes across the UK to protect children and their families from hunger, including school holiday programmes, community food centres, fuel banks and advice and advocacy. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points.
The Angelou Centre is a Black-led women’s centre based in Newcastle.
They offer a range of holistic services for Black and minoritised (racialised) women experiencing violence or marginalisation.
As well as frontline support and refuge provision they also work at strategic and national levels ensuring the voices of women are represented and heard.
YHA England & Wales has over 150 properties, open to anyone from schools, to families, couples and backpackers. They also run subsidised trips for disadvantaged children and families on low incomes to experience travel and adventure.
Southall Black Sisters provides an advocacy service for women affected by gender based violence. They offer specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy, counselling and self-help support services in several community languages, especially South Asian languages. Whilst their focus is on the needs of black and minority women, we will not turn any woman away who needs emergency help.
Young Roots provide one to one casework support to young asylum seekers and refugees between the ages of 11-25 in Croydon and Brent. They help them to access services, accommodation and support.
The Scottish Refugee Council is dedicated to supporting people that are in need of refuge and protection.
Through their direct services, they provide practical support, advice and a listening ear to help people rebuild their lives in a sustainable and meaningful way.
Luton's specialist legal advice charity specialising in Community Care, Housing, Immigration and Asylum
The Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network is a committed group who are passionate about Cornwall being a place of welcome, refuge and sanctuary.
They offer practical support such as sponsorship, workshops, providing resources, campaigning and running conferences to communicate with the local community.
Shire Advice Service offer advice, information and advocacy covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment rights, consumer issues, family issues and more. They are fully accessible and based in North Bristol.
CBO offer information, advice, assistance and self help within local communities and primarily the Bangladeshi and other BME community throughout the Borough of Sandwell. They offer information, advice and guidance on welfare, immigration, ESOL, skills and employment, education, women and young people's services, and much more.
Women Connect First was established to empower Black and Minority Ethnic (racialised) women in Cardiff and South East Wales by offering a range of services and training.
They run after school clubs, health groups, English classes, an older women's group and more.
Manchester Refugee Support Network is a grassroots organisation directly managed by refugee communities in Manchester.\
They provide practical support to those fleeing persecution, conflict, and various forms of injustice and abuse.
Safer Wales protect, support and empower groups of people aged 12 and above who are often invisible. They support men experiencing domestic abuse, young females, women in the criminal justice system and those experiencing sexual exploitation and in sex work.
Latin American Women's Rights Service are a human rights, feminist organisation run by and for Latin American migrant women in the UK.
Their direct support includes casework for women experiencing gender-based violence, counselling and emotional support, advice on benefits, employment rights, family law and immigration and workshops.
Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and Boatpeople Bristol is a Bristol City Council. They offer support services in areas such as health. education, accommodation, benefits and emergency services.
Olio is a mobile sharing app where you can give away, borrow or lend things in your community for free. The app connects you to neighbours with spare food or household items and others nearby who wish to pick up those items.
Apna Ghar provides services for women by women from ethnic minority (racialised) communities in South Tyneside.
Their offers include courses for ESOL, health and social care and more. They also have lunch groups, advice sessions and leisure activities.
Interpreting services are available for members and for statutory agencies.
Venture Scotland offers young people, who are struggling with life and are aged 16-30, a personal development course based in the outdoors.
They provide transport, accommodation, food and outdoor clothing and can even help with bus fare.
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.
Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) supports asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in south east London.
Their services include advice in welfare benefits, housing, education, employment, health and immigration. They also run a foodbank.
Voices in Exile supports refugees, asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds. Advice covers NRPF, food & fuel poverty, asylum support, housing & homelessness, immigration support (people seeking asylum).
Anglo-Chinese Cultural Exchange provides a supplementary school, benefits for the elderly, translation support, health and wellbeing information, free immigration legal advice, seminars, workshops and certified volunteering opportunities for teenagers
BRSG (Bude Refugee Support Group) arrange Community Sponsorship, support refugees to rebuild their lives and resettle through English teaching, training and employment support, childminding, driving theory and much more.
WECIL is a charity run by and for disabled people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
They offer a range of services which support over 4,000 disabled people around Bristol every year.
BCA Support Services is a Registered Provider (RP) delivering 24 hour emergency housing with supported accommodation to female adults at risk of homelessness and domestic violence across Birmingham.
BAME Helpline Wales can signpost you to relevant organisations, provide specialist employment advice.
Their support also covers information on topics (in a range of languages) including health, work, welfare entitlements, education, housing and personal safety.
Mustard Tree Manchester supports people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
They help people secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing, while providing practical support, friendship, connections into work and improvements to health and wellbeing.
The Bridge delivers a number of specialist housing related advice, support, and assistance services and accommodation options to homeless and vulnerably housed people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Latin American Disabled People's Project (LADPP) support disabled Spanish and Portuguese speaking people living in London including their carers, families and communities.
They have a range of services, projects and information such as English classes, a food bank, befriending group, housing support and more.
The Bridge (East Midlands) is a charity working for the community since 1993, they deliver a number of specialist housing related advice, support, and assistance services and accommodation options to homeless and vulnerably housed people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Crisis are the national charity for homeless people (anyone affected by homelessness). If you’re experiencing homelessness, Crisis can offer you expert help to find safe housing, an opportunity to gain new skills plus wellbeing and safety advice.
The Halo Project in Middlesborough supports victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM by providing appropriate advice and guidance to Black and minoritised (racialised) women. Call their helpline on 01642 683 045.
Newcastle Women's Aid is a confidential service run by women, for women. They provide a range of specialist domestic abuse services which include refuge accommodation, recovery programmes, outreach support and children and young people’s support.
Their helpline is on 0800 923 2622.
Hackney CVS is an umbrella body committed to making Hackney a fairer place. They believe everyone should have the best start in life and the best opportunities to succeed regardless of their background, race, social class, gender, sexuality or disability. They offer advice and training to local community groups, allowing them to influence how the public sector works.
Sufra NW London is a Community Hub that provides Emergency Food Parcels; a Community Kitchen; Guidance and Advocacy; an accredited Food Academy course; a Refugee Resettlement programme; and a Community Growing Project that provides training in horticulture, school environmental visits and a vocational training course. They address both causes and consequences of extreme poverty, homelessness and isolation.
A discrete offshoot of Brighton Migrant Solidarity. They are the only organisation in the Brighton area providing housing support to destitute migrants who are not allowed to work or have no recourse to public funds. They take referrals directly from organisations such as Brighton Voices in Exile. In addition to accommodation, they also provide financial, practical and emotional support to locally based migrants.
Provides information, help and support in a culturally sensitive environment; advances the education of individuals and the community as a whole in Suffolk.
Dhek Bhal provides a range of services to the South Asian community in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, including respite services for carers of South Asian elders, a day centre for frail and disabled elderly individuals, outreach support schemes, carer support groups, women's and men's projects and more.
The Banes Carers' Centre are based in Bath and North East Somerset. They offer a support line, a weekly mix of online wellbeing activities and virtual meet-ups, telephone groups, and outdoor meeting space.
They have a specific site and service for young Carers (under 25).
Impact Pathways is a ‘map’ of provision designed to help people who live and work in the West Midlands access support they might need. It allows the public and professionals to search in their area for the resource, knowledge and expertise of statutory agencies.
Staying Put are a Bradford-based charity supporting women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Their helpline is on 0808 2800 999.
Wirral Multicultural Organisation supports members of the local BME (racialised) community by providing language support, advocacy, social support and activities, assistance to access primary care services and more.
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid (BSWA) supports women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse through a helpline, drop-in centres, refuge accommodation, housing, legal and family support, and youth engagement. They also campaign, educate and train.
The S&P Sephardi Community has three synagogues in London and provides education, classes, a home for the elderly and more services and support.
United Welsh is a not-for-profit organisation that builds homes, creates communities and transforms lives.
For nearly 50 years, St Mungo’s has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle homelessness. They have services in outreach, accommodation, health, recovery, employment and more. They also have two care homes for older people who have experienced homelessness.
Endeavour in Bolton aims to end domestic abuse for people and their pets. They have a free service for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (racialised) people who are victims and survivors experiencing domestic abuse and/or violence.
Darlington Association on Disability provide support, information, advocation and services for disabled adults and children in Darlington.
DAD offer services such as youth support, peer support, hate crime support, direct payments, advocacy and an independent living hub.
Clan Mor Sure Start in Belfast works with organisations, parents and children to ensure every child (and parents of children under 4) have access to advice, information and services.
They offer a range of services from family support, health visiting, midwife support, and much more.
C4WS Homeless Project, based in Camden, North London, is a Winter Night Shelter operating through local churches. As well as providing somewhere to sleep, C4WS offers people support in other ways, for instance through a Friday Drop in Club, English Classes, a Mentoring and Befriending Scheme and a Jobs Club.
Sanctuary Hosting (formerly Host Oxford) is a project which matches destitute sanctuary seekers to those people with spare rooms and open hearts in the community who are prepared to allow someone to stay with them rent free for a pre-defined period of time.
Provides information, advice and support to individuals and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, discrimination/harassment. They also provide training to service providers.
Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, and are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community.
The offer everything from drop-in services, to a lunch club and befriending group.
Missing Link is a mental health and housing service for women in Bristol. They support women who are homeless, or have a history of sleeping rough or whose housing is at risk because of their mental health issues.
Walsall Black Sisters Collective is an organisation advocating and ensuring that local people are directly involved in decision-making processes which affects their lives. They run elderly day care, mental health support groups, after school club, befriending, women empowerment and more.
Working with Churches, Bradford-based TLG reaches out to some of the most vulnerable children in the UK.
With expertise in school exclusions, emotional wellbeing and holiday hunger, TLG is one of the UK's fastest growing children's charities.
Providing support for Merseyside refugee communities and local support organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers (people seeking asylum and refuge).
Refugee Roots is a Christian charity that helps asylum seekers and refugees build relationships and navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK.
They offer a warm welcome, support and friendship through a range of activities like virtual kitchen, art sessions and women's groups.
Offers activities to Latin American elders in Islington (50+) such as yoga, Tai Chi, handicraft workshops, painting, dancing, English and journalism classes, talks, walks, workshops and fact sheets.
Sufra NW London addresses both the causes and consequences of extreme poverty, homelessness and social isolation in the community. Their emergency interventions and innovative courses provide a life-line to people in crisis – empowering them to improve their wellbeing, learn new skills, find work and become financially stable.
Hey Girls gives a box of period products away to young people in the UK from low-income families for every one box that’s sold.
A refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse in Liverpool. 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 (racialised) women and children but will take referrals from all sections of the community.
International Community Organisation of Sunderland support ethnic minorities (racialised people) in the North East.
They offer a wide range of support, information and advice - from employability to welfare rights.
Assisted Homes support adults who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, and who may also need to overcome a dependence on addictive substances. They do this in a number of ways with: Outreach work, supported housing, resettlement support
Housing Justice train and support night shelters, run a pan London hosting scheme for asylum seekers and forced migrants, and provide mentoring and befriending training and support. They also work in Wales.
RISE is an independent, Brighton-based registered charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse. They offer practical help ranging from direct advice to refuge accommodation for those whose lives are at risk.
Harbour works with families and individuals in the North East who are affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or other family member.
They also offer security measures and help with housing for refugees.
The Chinese Community Wellbeing Society exists to support the health and social care needs of the Chinese speaking community across the South West of England.
They provide assistance, advice, representation and services, as well as facilities for recreation and leisure time.
1625 Independent People is a charity that supports young people who are experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness in the South West.
They find secure homes, teach life-skills, offer advice, help access training and job opportunities.
The Bridge (East Midlands) deliver a number of specialist housing related advice, support, and assistance services and accommodation options to homeless and vulnerably housed people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
With their Refugee Project in Leeds and Destitution Project in Bradford, Abigail House is a West-Yorkshire based charity dedicated to providing support and homes to destitute refugees and asylum seekers (people seeking refuge and asylum).
A women-only charity set up to support women asylum seekers, refugees (people seeking asylum and refuge) and survivors of trafficking.
They run weekly drop-ins offering a range of emotional and practical support and activities. They also accompany women to appointments, offer mental health support groups and 1:1 support.
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum offer practical advice, information, support and friendship to people seeking asylum or refuge.
They have a community centre, offer advice and support (including for LGBTQIA+ communities) and run trainings. They also have different activities in their groups for women, youth and gardening.
PDREC provides advocacy, advice, information and support services for BME (racialised) people and others who have been victims/witnesses of racial/religious hate crime incidents, abuse, discrimination or prejudice in Devon.
Issues addressed include domestic violence, safeguarding, housing, health, isolation, unemployment, poverty and destitution, identity and education.
The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food.
Which? is the UK's consumer champion. They research consumer issues that matter, with impartial expert advice. They also do product reviews.
Humraaz Support Services in Blackburn provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic (racialised) women who are experiencing domestic abuse and all forms of harmful traditional practices.
As well as a refuge, they also offer advocacy, support and peer support for professional women.
A friendly, safe meeting place offering practical assistance to all asylum seekers and refugees in Croydon. They offer refreshments, information, essentials, language classes and more.
SOAS Detainee Support attempts to break the isolation of immigration detention, and supports people to take control of their cases and resist their imprisonment and deportation. They visit people held in Immigration Removal Centres and London prisons under immigration powers.
MindWise seeks to raise awareness, challenge the stigma, and campaign for changes to be made within the mental health sector.
They have an array of services, offering advice, training, counselling and signposting to other organisations like housing support.
Asylum Welcome welcomes asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire.
Open Door North East provide support and integration for asylum seekers and refugees (people seeking refuge and asylum).
Their services include ESOL lessons, refugee housing support and a women's group
Aid Box Community provides support, supplies and sanctuary to refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol.
They provide support including a free shop, social groups, community trips and more.
Filwood Hope is a walk-in centre which provides the local community of Knowle West with advice and support on benefits, debt housing and food bank referals. They also provide counselling, with host advisers from Age UK offering advice to those over 55.
Tuntum is a BME (racialised) led Nottingham based housing association. They offer culturally sensitive support services. Their support includes specialist services for teenage parents, and separate temporary housing for young people, men and women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
AJAR is a network of people in Leeds, often from faith communities, supporting people currently in detention who have a valid case for applying for bail.
They support asylum seekers who've been detained beyond reason, are struggling with support and would live in the area if released.
Wirral Change is a Black and Racial Minorities (racialised) outreach service offering information, advice and guidance on jobs, education, training, self-employment, health and wellbeing.
They also signpost to other services for racial minority people on the Wirral.
Hundred Houses Society is a charitable housing association operating in Cambridge and the surrounding area. They aim to provide high quality and sustainable housing solutions for people in housing need.
GARAS support those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire, welcoming them when they arrive, advocating for them, supporting them if they face being sent back as well as helping them adjust to long term future.
Oxford Food Hub is a centre of surplus food redistribution in Oxfordshire, rescuing surplus food from wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants and more, and redistributing it to charities and community organisations across Oxfordshire.
The Brighton-based BMECP is an infrastructure organisation that runs training and events as well as a range of community services including a food bank, a 50+ group, a Chinese Elders group and a range of drop-in sessions on topics such as interpreting, money and yoga.
Apna Haq is a survivor-led organisation supporting Black and minority women and girls (racialised) in Rotherham to escape violent situations.
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+).
Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Through a free English language school, supported housing projects and InterAction Drop-in, they support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants to integrate successfully into the community and lead more independent and resilient lives.
Radical Housing Network is a London-wide alliance of 30+ groups and campaigns fighting for housing justice. They are currently lobbying the government to extend the eviction ban.
CHAYN is a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by creating intersectional survivor-led resources online.
The Oxford Food Bank collects surplus fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and supplies it for free to over 100 charities in Oxford and Oxfordshire.
MAP Middlesbrough offers practical support and social opportunities to those seeking asylum in Middlesbrough, and to refugees.
Their support includes a meet and chat group, donated household goods, a football club, keep fit classes, wellbeing activities and more.
Bristol Law Centre is a charity providing free legal advice on benefits, immigration, housing and more.
Milestones Trust in Bristol support people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, dementia and complex behavioural needs.
They have a wide range of services including caring support, a cycle scheme, community projects and more.
Himmah is a Social Justice Organisation, with a mission to tackle food poverty, racism and educational inequalities. As well as operating the largest independent food bank in Nottingham.
ASSIST Sheffield works with people who are seeking sanctuary and who have been refused asylum.
They provide accommodation, information and other support to people in Sheffield and the surrounding area.
Asylum Link Merseyside is based in St Anne's Church in Liverpool and supports asylum seekers (people seeking asylum) in casework, destitution support, ESOL, and housing aid.
GYROS is a charity that supports migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in East Anglia, UK.
They provide free information, advice, guidance and advocacy on a range of subjects, including immigration, housing, Universal Credit, debt, EUSS, rights in the UK and more
Gloucestershire Chinese Women's Guild provides free language support, home visits, advocacy, interpretation, advice on benefits and education and training.
Their staff speak Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese and English.
Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation that specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, they are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community.
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