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Refugee, asylum & migration

The Coronavirus pandemic is worsening circumstances for the world's refugee population as well as internally displaced people. 

Travel bans, closed borders and living conditions in camps all amplify the risks to migrants, and lead even more uncertainties with regards to visas and support services that can be accessed. 

In this section, we signpost you to organisations working on migration, refugee and asylum services in the UK that provide emergency services, legal guidance and employability support. 

Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. They have tailored advice for young people, older people, migrants, disabled people, people in the criminal justice system and many other groups.

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.

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 supply of period products in storage, 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.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They offer help specifically during the pandemic, as well as mental health support, wheelchair support, refugee and asylum seeker support, financial advice and more. They have a network of volunteers providing support. Get in touch here.

The Sharan Project

The Sharan Project aims to empower, educate and inspire vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have been disowned and 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.

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.

Free Movement

Free Movement provides updates, commentary, training and advice on immigration and asylum law. They offer consultations, tutorials and topical newsletters. This post by Free Movement gathers together various updates on changes to immigration law and practice caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council 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. 

Refugee Action

Refugee Action is a UK-wide charity supporting refugees and people seeking asylum since 1981. They support refugees to access housing and support, provide training to organisations and run campaigns. They also have a facts section on refugees. 

Refugee Support Network

Refugee Support Network helps refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people to build more hopeful futures through education. For young refugees arriving in Europe, education is a priority: it’s how lives begin to be rebuilt and hope for the future is rekindled. They offer mentoring, support, access to higher education, training and youth leadership training.

Migrant Children's Project at Coram Children's Legal Centre

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

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. 

Breaking Barriers

Are you a refugee looking for support with finding a job? Breaking Barriers provinces support to refugees in London with finding a job, understanding the UK job market, employability skills & education. 

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!

Ashiana Network

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. You can call them on  020 8539 0427.

Kiran Support Services

Kiran support services are Asian Women empowering Asian Women in Walthamstow for over 30 years. They offer refuges, immigration support, children's services, counselling, training, support with abusive relationships and family legal advice. Their phoneline is 020 8558 1986

Kurdish & Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO)

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.

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

The Angelou Centre

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in Newcastle. They offer a range of holistic services for black and minoritised 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.

Halo Project

The Halo Project in Middlesborough is a project that will support victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM by providing appropriate advice and support to victims. Call their helpline on 01642 683 045.

Saheli

Saheli gives Asian women in Manchester 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 in multiple languages to help them to make positive decisions for themselves and their children. Helpline on: 0161 945 4187

Humraaz

Humraaz Support Services in Blackburn 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, support and peer support for professional women. Warning: website features images of women who have suffered from domestic violence.

Apna Haq (Rotherham): 01709 519211

Apna Haq is a survivor-led organisation supporting black and minority women and girls 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+). 

Roshni Birmingham

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. Their 24-hour helpline can be found at 0800 953 9666.

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid

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 for women, children and young people in Glasgow. Their website is available in English, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu. Their helpline is on 0141 353 0859.

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is British human rights charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Their helpline is on: 0800 599 9247

Rights of Women

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

London Friend

London Friend's offers counselling, support & community services which are delivered by a team of over 100 trained LGBT volunteers. Find out about their ongoing online support here. They cover mental health, sexual health, social support, drugs and alcohol as well as a specific support system for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

Mutual Aid is a list of local support groups that have been 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. There are currently 2052 groups listed.

National Zakat Foundation

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

Praxis

Praxis is a charity for migrants and refugees, with direct support services in London and training and campaigning nationally and internationally. Praxis provide expert advice helping people to navigate the complexities of immigration law and safeguard their future. They run online and phone advice services, and group work and activities currently taking place online.

LGBT Health & Wellbeing

Established in 2003, LGBT Health and Wellbeing works to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. You can find their physical activity groups and other services and support for LGBT people of all ages on their website.

Birmingham LGBT

Birmingham LGBT are passionate about creating and developing a thriving and vibrant LGBT community. They have a range range of support services including fitness activities and classes, counselling, sexual health services, refugee groups and other places signposted via their website.

Investing in People and Culture (IPC)

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

Victims First Northumbria

Victims First Northumbria help victims of crime or witnesses in the North East with services including coping and recovery plans, court support, and programmes for supporting children and young adults. Their helpline is 0800 011 3116.

JET (Newcastle)

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

Healing Justice London

A grassroots organisation working at the intersections of oppression, health, healing and liberation practice, that supports People of Colour by delivering workshops, skill shares and trainings to share knowledge and build alternative health provision/ community-led health, rooted in the needs of those marginalised.

Migrant Media

A project providing young Africans with reliable information and training on migration issues and social media to make informed decisions and be aware of safer migration options to Europe

Croydon Refugee Day Centre

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.

African & Caribbean Support Northern Ireland (ACSONI)

African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) is a community-based organisation that seeks to provide an array of support and services to those from the continent of Africa, the Caribbean (West Indies), and other families in Northern Ireland. ACSONIs' works collaboratively to preserve, promote and platform the cultural heritage of those from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora through various drop-in support services and comprehensive programmes. 

 

 

Building Communities Resource Centre (BCRC)

A charity supporting community and civil society organisations with varied schemes and programmes including social, cultural, health and economic development to help communities belonging to the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.

Inclusive Mosque Initiative

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating safe and inclusive places of worship and spiritual practice, to the promotion of inclusive Islamic principles, and to centring and uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalised people within communities, including sexuality, gender, class and disability. They have a range of resources and events.

Working on our Power (WOOP)

Working On Our Power Is A Transformative Leadership Programme For Trans*, Non-Binary And Cis Women Of Colour. They run facilitated workshops, workbooks, meditations and yoga, healing spaces and more. There is a range of accessibility support such as bursaries, child care assistance, language translations, closed captions and more.

Toynbee Hall

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

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) understand that everyone’s individuals and unique experience of sight loss and therefore offers up help and support for blind and partially sighted people. Services are varied and extensive and this can be from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services etc.

Strabane Ethnic Community Association

The Aims of Strabane Ethnic Community Association is to identify and respond to the needs of minority ethnic communities and to raise awareness and understanding within the local community as Northern Ireland become more diverse. 

CREST - Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside

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

Southall Black Sisters

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.

North of England Refugee Services (NERS)

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

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

INQUEST

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

Article 39

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

Hackney CVS

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.

SOAS Detainee Support (SDS)

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.

Akwaaba

Akwaaba is a Hackney-based social centre for migrants. We offer a space for rest, play, learning and mutual support. Akwaaba is for all migrants regardless of immigration status, ‘race’, religion, country of origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and (dis)ability.

Just For Kids Law

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

NEST via NUSU

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

Migrants Organise

Migrants Organise is an award winning, grassroots platform where migrants, refugees connect, build common ground, organise for dignity and justice for all.

Aapna Services

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

Doctors of the World

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

The No Accommodation Network (NACCOM)

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

Haringey Migrant Support Centre

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.

Glass Door

Glass Door Homeless Charity coordinates the UK's largest open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for people affected by homelessness.

TS1 Tees Valley - Sports

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

Martha House

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.

Middlesbrough Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT)

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

Together with Migrant Children

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.

Young Roots

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.

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

Set up in 2006 to reduce the poverty of local refugees and asylum-seekers, advance their education and raise awareness about rights and needs. Services include advice in welfare benefits, housing, education, employment, health and immigration, a supplementary Saturday School for children aged 4-11 and a food bank for destitute asylum-seekers and refugees.

Sufra NW London

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.

C4WS Homelessness Project

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.

Giuseppe Conlon House

Giuseppe Conlon House is a House of Hospitality for migrants and asylum seekers with no recourse to public funds. It is run by volunteers of the London Catholic Worker community.

Everyday Language Solutions

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

Housing Justice

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.

MindWise

Mindwise is a mental health charity that seeks to raise awareness, challenge the stigma, and campaign for changes to be made within the mental health sector. Mindwise has an array of key services and offers advice, training, counseling and teaches workplaces to better understand and support good mental health practices.

Midaye

Midaye Somali Development Network was originally the Somali Mothers and Under Fives group, to serve mothers with young children. The Midaye Somali Development Network advocates on behalf of the community across a broad spectrum of needs.

Refugee Women

Refugee Women empower refugee and asylum-seeking women to speak out, become leaders and advocate for change. Through English lessons, drama and other activities they support women to build their confidence and skills. Their network helps to combat the isolation faced by women seeking asylum and creates pathways for women to rebuild their lives with dignity.

Refugees at Home

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

HERe NI

HERe Ni is a community group and a safe place for lesbian and bisexual Womxn here in Northern Ireland. HERe Ni aims to create a community space where women can meet, organise, and interact in whatever manner they like.

Migrant Centre Northern Ireland (MCNI)

MCNI was established to ensure the rights of migrant workers are protected in NI, tackle racism, eliminate barriers against migrant workers, advance education and raise public awareness about their rights. MCNI has 3 offices across NI, in Belfast, Lurgan and Derry~Londonderry. They offer bilingual services, immigration advice, records and reports hate crimes. 

Extern

Extern is a social justice organisation that seeks to transform the lives of people by promoting social justice across the island of Ireland. Some of its core values seeks to provide anti-racism and anti discrimination, thereby offering up support and advice within the realm of housing, homelessness, migrants and refugees issues, mental health and drug use and much more. 

Northern Ireland Law Centre

Law Centre NI aims to deliver free and independent legal services within the realm of social welfare law. The organisation seeks to promote social justice in Northern Ireland through its public and specialist support services. These services include legal advice, casework and representation before the tribunals and courts, industrial, immigration and social security and much more. 

Craigavon Travellers Support Committee

Craigavon Travellers Support Committee aims to support Irish Travellers within the Craigavon area. The committee offers a large array of services - healthy living and well-being, housing support, education, mortality, racism and discrimination support. CTSC believes in and works towards positive community cohesion which is done through education, community development and welfare rights. 

Wah Hep Chinese Community Association

Wah Hep which means “Chinese self-help", is a community development association that represents and provides services for the Chinese community in Armagh county. The organisation 'Wah Hep' has a drop in centre which provides key information, English classes, After School clubs, Chinese language and library, a 50+ group and more.

Bryson Intercultural

Bryson Intercultural is an organisation that seeks to empower ethnic minority communities and their families throughout Northern Ireland. The organisation supports and works with a wide range of communities such as the indigenous Irish Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers and many more by promoting and supporting racial and ethnic integration here in Northern Ireland. 

YMCA North Down

YMCA North Down is a faith-based volunteer organisation that seeks to support the local community across North Downs. The organisation's ethos is to support young people, families and the local community to 'flourish in mind, body and spirit'. YMCA North Down works with all groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, religion, culture, or race. To find out more please visit the website.

Community Intercultural Programme (CIP)

Community Intercultural Programme (CIP) is an organisation that strongly believes in community development and social cohesion. CIP believes that through social inclusion a wide array of innovative opportunites for community development arise. CIP seeks to promote integration between communities and works towards the creation of a society in which all are respected regardless of race/nationality.

Belfast Health and Trust Social Care Trust

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust works in collaboration with the Public Health Agency and the Health and Social Care Board, and for many years has established an evidence-based Nurse-led service for new entrants to Northern Ireland. The project offers an array of support and access to clinics that will assist new immigrants, asylum seekers, refugee children of the ages 0-16 years old with their health and well-being. The organisation seeks to support all new entrants by offering screening, health education and signposting to other services.

Chinese Welfare Association - Belfast

The Chinese Welfare Association Northern Ireland is a community support group that seeks to provide services such as: community development, youth and children work, education, welfare rights, race relations & training and community interpreting.

Inter Ethnic Forum (Mid East and Antrim)

Inter-Ethnic Forum is an organisation that aims to help ethnic minorities within the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area. The aim is to assist with the process of integration as this can often seem difficult and daunting to new comers, as well as promoting positive community cohesion the Inter-Ethnic Forum also platforms other cultures n the local community. 

Scottish Refugee Council

The Scottish Refugee Council is dedicated to supporting vulnerable people that are in need of refuge and protection. The communities that the charity predominantly advocates for are those who have fled life-threatening circumstances in search of a safer environment for them and their families. Navigating the UK's asylum system can be an extremely daunting task and the Scottish Refugee Council is here to help. 

 

Voices in Exile

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

Thousand 4 1000

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.

Sanctuary Hosting

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.

Asylum Welcome

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

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).

Slough Refugee Support

Slough Refugee Support – SRS – is a registered charity focused exclusively on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers. SRS has built up a deep stock of experience of working with refugees and helping them with the many obstacles they face in their efforts to settle, contribute and thrive in the UK.

Safe Passage

Safe Passage is a campaign that advocates for the safe passage and access to legal routes for child refugees throughout Europe. Over the past few years the organisation has worked with Refugee Welcome groups and individuals from Glasgow to Totness to ensure Britain continues to be a welcoming country to refugees. 

Room For Refugees

Room For Refugees is a community hosting network that offers safe, temporary homes and pastoral support for insecurely-housed refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups - families, the sick, the elderly and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with no recourse to public funds. 

Samphire

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.

Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees

Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees is an organisation that provides a coordinated platform for those of us in Aberdeen and North-East Scotland who wish to support refugees, with an immediate focus on the European refugee crisis. 

Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership (WTRRP)

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.

Scottish Detainee Visitors

Scottish Detainee Visitors supports people detained by the immigration service in Scotland. The charity also advocates for change and influences the punitive policies around detention. 

 

 

Foundations Harris Street

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

Harbour

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

Open Door North East

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

Methodist Asylum Project (MAP)

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

Best Beginnings

Resource hub for new vulnerable parents, with sections dedicated to specific ethnicities and local advice directory.

Justice First

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

Darlington Assistance for Refugees (DAR)

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

Friends of Drop-In Sunderland (FODI)

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

St Rollox Community Outreach

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. To find out more about St Rollox Community Outreach please visit the website.

The Edinburugh Muslim Community Association

The Edinburgh Muslim Community Association’ is a non-sectarian grassroots organisation formed in 2004 by a group of committed converts to Islam and Muslim youth of Scotland. The Association aims are to establish positive community cohesion between the Scottish Muslim community and the general public, provide practical assistance, care and promote unity in society and the Muslim Community. To find out more please visit the website.

Unity in the Community (Glasgow)

Unity in the Community works to provide practical support and solidarity for people in need in our communities, especially asylum seekers. As a organisation they offer many different services from English lessons, access to food banks, unity allotment community, bike workshops, LGBT friendly. To find out more please visit the website.

Glasgow Womens Library

Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities.

Refugee Survival Trust

The Refugee Survival Trust Scotland provides refugees and people seeking asylum with practical support when it is most needed. The Refugee Survival Trust seeks to build connections between people and use what they learn to campaign for change.

Central and West Integration Network

Building a network that brings people together, including formal and informal community groups, agencies and individuals, to seek to ensure that all refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers and BME communities across Glasgow and Central Scotland have full and equal access to resources which assist in alleviating poverty, improving their standard of living and promoting their settlement and integration within the wider community. 

Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is a faith-based (Shī’a Ithnā ʿAsharī ) organisation working to meet the needs of the Scottish Shia Muslim community and the breadth of society in general across the cultural, social, political, and religious spectra. We work to engage with other communities and faiths; strengthening ties in an effort to create a setting for religious and racial harmony, equality, and diversity in the nation. 

Mutli-Cultural Family Base

The Multi-Cultural Family Base Scotland works with families from minority communities and new migrants who are experiencing difficulties. Some of these are practical, such as housing or financial problems; others are more personal, such as dealing with discrimination or emotional issues. They work in a therapeutic way and offer time and support to help people make sense of the difficulties in their lives and work out how to deal with them. 

Cornwall Refugee Resource Network

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.
 

Bude Refugee Support Group

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.

Pentreath Ltd

Pentreath Ltd run a Community Development Worker service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic mental health needs in Cornwall. They provide support to any person from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background including migrant workers and gypsies and travellers, who are experiencing mental health difficulties including stress, anxiety, isolation and low mood.

Khaas Bristol

Khaas is the only service of its kind in the South West that has worked across the Bristol area delivering services to improve the lives of ethnic minority disabled children, their carers and families for over 25 years.

Refugee Women of Bristol

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.

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group

The Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group exists to support the health and social care needs of Chinese women and their families in Bristol and the surrounding area. They provide assistance, advice, representation and services, as well as facilities for recreation and leisure time.

Bristol Mind

Bristol branch of the nationwide mental health organisation. Run emotional support helplines, virtual drop-ins, offer advocacy services and resources on how to care for your mental health during the pandemic.

Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services

Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services can help you in a variety of ways; from practical and emotional support to legal advice, everything will be guided by you and only with your consent. This service is completely free and confidential.

Nilaari

Nilaari are a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic-led charity with over 20 years experience delivering social care support, talking therapies and training to adults and young people. Nilaari’s services are available to ALL communities across Bristol. 

St Pauls Advice Centre

St Pauls Advice Centre offers specialist advice, information and casework services on welfare benefits, debt and money, employment, housing, immigration, discrimination, domestic violence and other community care issues. They offer independent, impartial, confidential, non-judgemental and free advice.

Bristol Outreach for the Homeless (BOSH)

BOSH provides an outreach service providing anything they reasonably can to make lives more comfortable. They also provide advocacy, advice, one to one support and help settling in to a new home and maintaining a tenancy.

Borderlands

Borderlands has been supporting refugees, asylum seekers and those with insecure immigration status in the wider Bristol area since 2011. They help refugees, asylum seekers and those with insecure immigration from exclusion to belonging.

Next Link Bristol

They provide a range of domestic abuse support services to women and children, including safe houses, children’s services, dedicated Black and Ethnic Minority Services, resettlement and outreach services, and a crisis response service. The website offers further information and what to do in a crisis.

Brigstowe

Brigstowe in Bristol offer specialist, confidential and free support, advice and information to anyone living with or affected by HIV. They run a specialist service for Migrants and Asylum Seekers, as well as a specialist service for those living with Type 2 Diabetes.

Shire Advice Service

Shire Advice Service offer advice, information and advocacy covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment rights, consumer issues, family issues etc. They are fully accessible and based in North Bristol.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

BCHA are a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people. Although based in Bournemouth, they currently deliver services across the South from Plymouth to Reading.

Ashely Community Housing (ACH)

During the past twelve years, ACH has changed from a small scale housing provider, located in inner-city Bristol, to a leading provider of resettlement and integration services for refugee and newly arrived communities in the Bristol, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry.

Refugee And Migrant Centre (RMC)

RMC have a team of qualified and experienced caseworkers that offer a wide range of support to clients who include asylum seekers, refugees, EU migrants, undocumented people and those with uncertain immigration status. Service provides casework, advice and guidance on immigration.

Afro-British Support Services Impact

The overall aim of Afro-British Support Services "IMPACT" in Birmingham is to provide professional innovative Information, Advice and Guidance support services that will enable refugees, asylum seekers and new communities to improve the quality of their lives. Their services cover education, housing, employment, health, debt advice, welfare and benefits, and more.

Central England Law Centre

Central England Law Centre provide free specialist legal advice to those most in need and use legal processes to fight social exclusion in Birmingham and Coventry.

Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP)

RSVP believes that everyone deserves a life free from sexual violence and abuse. They offer empathic services to support and inspire children and adults of all genders who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse. 

Migrant Empowerment Group (MEG)

MEG charitable work is mainly focused on helping and supporting refugees and Asylum seekers, including other vulnerable migrants. They offer ESOL, drop in, training, essential products and other creative activities.

Asylum Support & Immigration Support Team (ASIRT)

ASIRT works to support asylum-seekers, refugees and other people in the West Midlands who are or have been subject to immigration control. They can help with human rights applications, applications for recourse to public funds, "Zambrano" applications, asylum claims, training and more.

The Race Equality Centre Leicester (TREC)

The Race Equality Centre provides support and advice to individuals, groups and organisations from racial minority backgrounds, which is designed to enhance their ability to proactively participate in political, social and economic activities. 

Al Hurraya

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.

Zola Women's Aid

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. The team consists of four refuge support workers, one team leader, and a children’s worker. They speak Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They support women with issues such as safety, housing, benefits, immigration, finances, children and health.

Nottingham Arimathea Trust

Nottingham Arimathea Trust is a small housing charity with a clear mission to support destitute asylum seekers, newly recognised refugees and modern slavery/trafficking victims. They have 20 properties housing around 70 residents.

Bras Not Bombs

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.

ACE (Achieving Change Through Employment)

The ACE project’s overall aim is to enable black and minority ethnic (BAME) and migrant individuals living across Wales to gain sustainable employment. The project focuses on the delivery of training and employment support to people from BAME and migrant backgrounds.

Displaced People in Action (DPIA)

DPIA works with asylum seekers and refugees throughout Wales to become more confident, more integrated and self-sufficient. They have a range of projects, including advocacy and projects specifically for children and young people.

Tai Pawb

Tai Pawb promotes equality and social justice in housing in Wales, for Black and Ethnic minority groups, disabled people, LGB 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. 

Welsh Refugee Council

The Welsh Refugee Council have been successfully empowering asylum seekers 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.

The Centre for African Entrepreneurship (The CAE)

The Centre for African Entrepreneurship is a South-Wales based charity that aims to inspire, support and promote Ethnic Minority entrepreneurship. It was created to tackle poverty, inequality, and the issues and challenges faced by migrants in the UK. They offer a range of leadership and support services, including tailored support during the pandemic.

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team was set up by a group of ethnic minority young people in Swansea. It aims 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. 

Women Connect First

Women Connect First was established to empower Black & Minority Ethnic Women in Cardiff and South East Wales by offering a range of services and training in order to improve their livelihoods and employability. They run after school clubs, health groups, English classes, an older women's group and more.

Hayaat Women Trust

Hayaat runs regular drop-in sessions, offering advice, information to the newcomers to access local health, fitness, arts and education facilities. They also hold regular consultations with service users in Cardiff specifically within Community First areas. 

African Community Centre

The African Community Centre (ACC) Wales is a registered charity which operates across Wales. They welcome all people, especially Africans born in Africa, African Caribbean’s and British Africans who are currently resident in Wales. 

Staying Put - 24 Hour National Helpline: 0808 2000 247

This Bradford-based charity helps to women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. They work with West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Safer and Stronger Partnership Boards, and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Strategic Boards.

 

Abigail Housing

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 refugees and asylum seekers who find themselves destitute on our streets.

Asylum Justice and Release Leeds (AJAR)

AJAR is a network of people in Leeds, often from faith communities, seeking to help people currently in detention who have a valid case for applying for bail. It supports asylum seekers who have been detained beyond reason, are struggling with support and would live in the Leeds area if released.

ASSIST Sheffield

ASSIST Sheffield helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, advice and other support to those in most need.

Mama Africa Rotherham

Mama Africa is a voluntary group that supports asylum seekers and refugees in Rotherham. They run weekly activities and a drop in service and are in the process of setting up an accommodation scheme.

Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project

In response to the doctor shortage in our NHS, this scheme looks to help refugee doctors regain employment in the UK. They offer family support and housing, as well as retraining and refreshment courses to build confidence and secure jobs.

Open Doors Hull

Located in Prince's Avenue Methodist Church providing activities and resources for asylum seekers, refugee and migrant workers. Their weekly drop-in service includes food, small cash support, clothes, classes, immigration/benefit advice and worker support.

Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH)

DASH hosts drop-in days providing hot meals, a safe social space, casework and referrals (not legal aid), liaising with housing providers, form-filling for health and education institutions, a food bank, creative activities, and advice on settling in to life in the UK.

BEACON

A network of churches in Bradford but not limited to Christian aid, BEACON hosts a range of support for asylum seekers and refugees, including McKenzie friends who provide mentoring and legal assistance, and hosting support. They hold a weekly drop-in ESOL session called CHAT.

Sharing Voices Bradford (SVB)

Sharing Voices Bradford (SVB) aims to reduce mental health and related inequalities through community development in partnership with Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and other stakeholders through promoting inclusion in all spheres of civil life. They offer counselling, dementia aid, community support among many other services.

QED

Since 1990, QED have been running projects in Bradford such as ESOL, integration 'into the mainstream', men's groups and workshops to aid the BME communities in finding employment.

Bradford African Community (BAC)

A community-run group, BAC look to achieve integration, adaptation and help to meet the need of refugees by empowering them to participate fully in the UK society. Services also include a Women's Group, Homework Club, and ESOL classes.

Womenzone Community Centre

Womenzone Community Centre in Bradford is a registered charity established in 2003 to address the isolation and lack of voice and visibility of South Asian women in the Bradford 3 area. With ESOL classes, Women's Health groups, employment support and other services, Womenzone identifies needs primarily of South Asian women for a women-only safe place, to prevent them from being socially excluded and assist their fuller integration into society

 

Bradford Rape Crisis - The Jyoti Service

The Jyoti service is a specialist service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls, which is run by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women. Jyoti offers a culturally sensitive approach to dealing with issues around rape & sexual violence. offer services in a range of languages and are able to access a confidential interpreting service. All our counsellors and interpreters are BAME women. Helpline: 01274 308 270

Khidmat Centres

The main focus of Khidmat Centres Bradford is to address inherent inequalities in provision of services for the most vulnerable members of the community from minority ethnic backgrounds. Services include older people services, education classes, health and wellbeing, welfare benefits advice, a womens group, learning disability groups, carers groups, Muslim Women in Prison Projects and more.

Meeting Point Leeds

Practical and Social Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, this charity provides ESOL, Women's Group and weekly drop-in sessions with hot meals and food aid.

Sisterhood - BAME Women's Support Group

Part of the Leeds Crisi-led Survivors Service, Sisterhood BAME Women’s group runs on Monday every week between 12pm – 3pm at the BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub, Reginald Terrace. There are plans to expand and diversify their services beyond this group.

Path Yorkshire

Path provides free ESOL courses, and run The Hive Online, a safe space for migrants to practice English conversations while learning about the British culture, local services, opportunities, and share their cultural identities and stories.

Levelling The Playing Field

Levelling the Playing Field uses the power of sport to engage and improve health and life outcomes for ethnically diverse children who are at risk of entering, or already involved with, the criminal justice system (CJS). LTPF operates in London, West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Gwent.

Hull Ethnic Minorities Community Centre (HEMCC)

HEMCC aims to advance the education and training of members of ethnic minorities within the local area, so as to assist them to adapt within a new community. We provide English Language classes in both ESOL and IELTS in order to allow refugees to gain vital language skills which will help them to integrate within British society.

Humber all Nations Alliance (HANA)

Governed by local people and embedded within the communities they support. Supporting BME and migrant communities by providing them with a voice, advocating on their behalf and representing their interests. Aiming to build relationships between communities and services by providing them with support and activities that encourage community co-operation. Co-ordinating projects and events that are tailored to the needs of communities and encourage the celebration of culture.

York Racial Equality Network

York Racial Equality Network aims to: Enable BME voices to be better heard in York. Improve access to appropriate services and support for BME people. Increase the confidence of BME people to express themselves and be mutually supportive. Through their open forums and the Voice Projects, they help to accurately represent ethnic minorities.

Leeds Black Elders Association

Leeds Black Elders Association, a neighbourhood network scheme, takes great pride in providing specialised provision for Black elders, ensuring that their particular needs are being met. With their website accessible to speakers of eleven different languages, they offer services from meals on wheels, health and wellbeing club, home security, a drop-in service, housing support and activity club.

Dosti Leeds

A place where Asian women can meet and form friendships. The service offers individual and group support to meet the diverse needs of Asian women. Staff speak various Asian languages and have expertise in mental health. Dosti offers culturally appropriate activities including 1:1 support, IT and ESOL classes, parents group with crèche workers at Castleton children’s centre, welfare benefits advice and counselling.

Solace

Solace aims to alleviate the sickness, distress and suffering of refugees and asylum seekers in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region, in particular those suffering from mental health problems or emotional difficulties. They run in Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Kirklees, South Yorkshire.

Hope Bereavement Support

Created in mind for ethnic communities in Leeds to have an outlet to grieve and receive support after the passing of a loved one, in particular babies and miscarriages. Hope offers multi-lingual counselling services, workshops, counselling and coaching among other things.

Black Health Initiative

BHI is a community engagement organisation working towards equality of access to health and social care within Leeds and the surrounding areas for disadvantaged communities. They offer community initiatives, senior support groups and counselling.

Manchester City of Sanctuary

MCS provides opportunities for integration into the community, as well as volunteering opportunities. Manchester groups & organisations partner with them to offer bike lessons, walking days & English lessons

Manchester Refugee Support Network

Integration and community support based in Moss Side. MRSN is a grass-roots organisation directly managed by refugee communities in Manchester. For over 24 years, they have been providing practical support to those fleeing persecution, conflict, and various forms of injustice and abuse.

Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG)

LISG Manchester was set up in 2007 as successful anti-deportation campaign for a lesbian from Sierra Leone. As more lesbian asylum seekers began contacting the group, they have continued as a general support group for lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees.

African Rainbow Family (ARF)

Based in Manchester, the African Rainbow Family (ARF) is a non-for-profit charitable organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups.

New Step for African Communities (NESTAC)

This Manchester-based charity works to empower the disadvantaged population within the Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, particularly refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants from the new emerging communities in Greater Manchester. They work to promote social integration, equality, diversity and human rights of BAME families, with an emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of women and young girls who have been victims of Gender-Based Violence.

Mustard Tree

Mustard Tree Manchester supports people in poverty and homelessness, helping people secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing. They provide practical support, friendship, connections into work and improvements to health & wellbeing.

Wirral Multicultural Organisation

This charity supports members of the local BME community by providing language support, advocacy, social support and activities, assistance to access primary care services and including advice and education services.

Refugee Women Connect

A women-only charity set up to support women asylum-seekers, refugees 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. They are also responding to the rise in homelessness by developing casework.

Wirral Change

Wirral Change is a Black and Racial Minorities Outreach Service offering information, advice and guidance on jobs, education, training, self-employment, health and wellbeing, as well as signposting to other services for racial minority people on the Wirral.

Sahir House

Sahir House in Merseyside has been offering HIV support, prevention, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. Sahir House increases HIV and sexual health knowledge, reduces stigma and campaigns for the rights for those living with HIV and related intersectionalities (gender, sexuality, asylum status).

The Manuel Bravo

This Leeds-based organisation provides free legal advice and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees who have been unable to receive legal aid.

MICAH Liverpool

MICAH Liverpool is a social justice charity that has been set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and St Bride’s Church to relieve Liverpool residents from social injustice and poverty. They run projects to combat unemployment and deliver emergency food aid and affordable food.

Migrant Support Manchester

Located in the centre of Manchester, this multi-faceted voluntary organisation provides art and craft workshops, integration, a Latin American Support Network, a cafe, a radio station, solidarity volunteering and a drop-in service.

Heart & Parcel

Initially started to help women from ethnic minorities, this initiative teaches ESOL to women from different backgrounds, working on communication skills by coming together to cook dishes from around the world, sharing recipes, stories, experiences and connections along the way.

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU)

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit is a voluntary organisation supporting people subject to immigration control for over 25 years. They offer free legal advice, representation and support services to people seeking asylum, refugees, children and vulnerable adults. They have a Women at Risk section which helps women migrants and refugees who are disproportionately affected and at more risk of domestic violence, trafficking, forced labour, and other forms of gender based violence.

Cornerstone Salford

Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. They help people facing a wide range of social issues and offer support in the forms of men's barber services, computer suite, optometrist, cooking and hygiene classes and one-to-one support. Cornerstone welcomes people from all backgrounds and operates a policy of non-discrimination.

Exodus Manchester

Part of Community Arts North West, the Exodus refugee arts programme works with refugees and host communities across a range of traditional and contemporary art forms, with a strong focus on cross cultural collaborative production. Exodus has been significant in creating a voice and cultural expression for refugee communities new to the region.

Boaz Trust

Boaz in Manchester offer safe accommodation and holistic support to destitute asylum seekers and refugees. They host recreational and vocational activities, and help with essentials such as a small food allowance and clothes donation.

BRASS Bolton

BRASS provides support for asylum seekers and refugees in Bolton and offer advice, support and information to access public services, English classes, workshops on UK life, opportunities to develop skills, and various well-being activities.

Cheetham Hill Advice Centre

Accessible to speakers of nine different languages, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre is an independent neighbourhood service in one of Manchester's most diverse areas. They can advise on welfare benefits, money and debt, housing/homelessness, consumer/employment problems, work, access to adult learning/training/volunteering, immigration/nationality issues, access to Education, Health and other services and more.

Wai Yin Society# Manchester

The Society aims to challenge all forms of discrimination and social exclusion through the provision of diverse and reactive services, delivered by a team of qualified social workers, nurses and other professionals. As the Society has grown, they have developed 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. They run a range of classes and drop-ins.

Olive Pathway

With the aim of eliminating violence against women in BME communities and a strong focus on cultural sensitivity, Olive Pathway raises community awareness and offers aid through the advocacy, legal aid, interpreting, early intervention and crisis support, outreach and a helpline on 0800 2000 247.
 

Safety4Sisters

Safety4Sisters works to support migrant women across the North West who have experienced gender-based violence and who have no recourse to public funds or state benefits.

WomenMATTA

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. The Centre provides women with a safe and homely space in which to access gender-specialist support services. It is a 'one-stop-shop' offering group work, one-to-one and counselling supporting women around domestic and sexual violence, mental health, substance misuse and alcohol addiction, debt or money issues, parenting supporting, housing/homelessness, education and employment, well-being, IT access and creative workshops.
 

Manchester Congolese Organisation (MaCO)

MaCO is a community led group which has been set up to support Congolese asylum seekers and refugees that have been placed in Manchester. They offer free and confidential advice, assistance, representation, advocacy, translating and interpreting services in matters relating to welfare, health, social education (culture), academic development, employment, finance management and orientation to life in the UK.

Maternity Action

Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years. They offer free advice on work and benefits, NHS maternity care, as well as providing training and support. They have specialist services for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as those speaking other languages

Maryhill Integration Network

MIN brings refugee, migrant and local communities together through, art, social, cultural and educational groups and projects, offering people a chance to learn new skills, meet new people, share experiences and take part in worthwhile activities to improve their lives and the life of their communities. Work continues online during the pandemic.

Hub Cymru Africa

Hub Cymru Africa is a partnership supporting the Wales Africa Community, bringing together the work of the Wales for Africa Health Links Network, the Sub Saharan Advisory Panel and Fair Trade Wales. They offer advice, mentoring, training and resources on their website.

Leicester LGBT Centre

Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre is a voluntary organisation established to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and youth in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. They run a range of groups for adults, youth, older people, asylum seekers and refugees, families and more.

Refugee Roots

Refugee Roots is a charity in Nottingham 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, hospitality, support and friendship through a range of initiatives such as a Virtual Kitchen, Befriending, Art Sessions and Women's Groups.

Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum

Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum offer practical advice, information, support and friendship, and also campaign on issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. They have a community centre, offer professional and impartial advice and support, as well as programmes developing confidence, skills and knowledge. Their website can be run in 18 different languages.

Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture provide specialist psychological therapy to help asylum seekers and refugees who have survived torture recover and rebuild their lives in the UK, as well as provide training for professionals working with torture survivors.

Cambridge City of Sanctuary

CCS's aim is to empower the Cambridge community to use its resources to help refugees. They have an active Faiths group and a Schools Of Sanctuary group that is developing links with other education projects in Europe and the Middle East. They also have a Cambridge Chapter of Techfugees which is working closely with Help Refugees to bring technology to the volunteers working in the refugee camps in Calais and Greece.

The Bridge Plus

The Bridge Plus+ is a Norfolk based black/Asian and minority ethnic (BME) organisation aimed at improving community cohesion through innovative community engagement activities and service delivery to promote race equality and community cohesion.

GYROS

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, your rights in the UK, police, education, employment and health. 

English+

English+ are a Christian charity that supports new communities in Norwich to learn English, form friendships and to make this city a home. They welcome anyone who finds themselves isolated by lack of English language including refugees and asylum seekers; beginners and advanced; young and old; all faiths and none. Currently running classes online.

Access Migrant Support

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.

New Routes

New Routes was established in 2004 as a small project addressing the integration needs of the first 30, isolated, dispersed asylum seekers in Norwich. They are now open six days a week, delivering 14 different activities for women, adults, families, and young people across a range of topics.

Norwich International Youth Project

NIYP supports young people aged 11-25 in Norfolk who are asylum seekers, refugees or otherwise displaced from their country of origin. They are working to reduce isolation and keep young people safe, connected, active and learning, all online during the pandemic.

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO)

IRMO is a community-led organisation that provides Latin Americans with tools and information in an empowering process to build fulfilled, independent and integrated lives in the UK using a rights-based approach. Their work spans education, training, employment, advice, case-work and wellbeing support.

Bournemouth Interpreters' Group

The Bournemouth Interpreters' Group have a local interpreter register for public sector and voluntary organisations in the area. Their local-based interpreters are there to enable minority language service users to fully access public services to maintain and improve health, well-being, education and quality of life. They continue to function fully during the pandemic and offer over 35 languages.

Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (PDREC)

PDREC provides advocacy, advice, information and support services for BME 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.

Hikmat Devon CIC

Hikmat Devon is a user-led co-operative working with members of black and minority ethnic communities across Devon. They run activity and interest groups, 1 to 1 mentoring, training, signposting, counselling and person centred goal planning. They speak a range of languages.

Space*

Space* is a bold, confident and enthusiastic learning organisation that unlocks the potential of young people in Devon and their communities by providing a safe space to grow, connect and inspire each other. They offer a range of targeted support and education services, including specialist services for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people. Many of their services are running online during the pandemic.

Multilingua Devon

Multilingua Devon provide a database of over 300 local interpreters and translators in over 100 languages. Over 99% of interpreters are native speakers with a BA or higher degree from their own country. They match each case by taking into consideration qualification, experience, age, gender and location. They also provide training for those wishing to become interpreters.

North Devon Sunrise CIC

North Devon Sunrise CIC 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.

Refugee Support Devon

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!

Julian House

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 and more.