Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers

African Women’s Care

AWC works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee adults, children and young people, fleeing domestic and sexual abuse including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’-based violence.
 
Offers confidential one to one and group support to women and girls, including those with mental health needs who are experiencing any form of violence and abuse, enabling them to make informed choices and exit violent situations.

A: Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

T: 020 8969 8389

E: africanwomencare@hotmail.com

GOV.UK

Practical information about the process of applying for UK asylum – including eligibility, documents required, how to apply, the interview and decision making process, rights and available support.

W: www.gov.uk/claim-asylum

A comprehensive information leaflet, translated into 15 different languages and outlining the above is available here:

W: www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-leaflet-for-asylum-applications

Migrant Help

A national charity that has been supporting vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants in the UK since 1963. It provides free, independent advice, guidance and information on the asylum system, accommodation, financial support, finding legal representation, accessing healthcare and any other asylum related matters. They also support migrants to overcome the challenges of integration, as well as victims of trafficking and slavery.

It offers a nationwide telephone service (with an interpreter provided, if needed.) Their website also offers comprehensive translated advice.

W: www.migranthelpuk.org

T: 0808 8010 503 (open 24/7/365)

You can also contact them via webchat or via an online enquiry form

Migrants Organise

Offers an enabling community programme for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees living in London. Run weekly activities that encourage socialisation and build skills e.g. English classes, poetry, sewing, walking, youth and health and wellbeing groups. Can also provide individual advice and support for issues such as asylum support, employment, housing and welfare benefits. Weekly immigration advice sessions are provided by a barrister.

Their Transforming Lives project is a mentoring scheme for those who are particularly isolated, in need of extra support or dealing with mental health problems. Mentees are placed with a mentor who speaks the same language and who can help them to access services, learn new skills and build confidence. Meet on a weekly basis for six months.

W: www.migrantsorganise.org

A: 2 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL

T: 020 8964 4815

E: info@migrantsorganise.org

Neighbourhood Doulas

Doulas (birth partners) to refugees, asylum seekers, women with no recourse to public funds, women who find themselves in challenging situations. West London only.

They meet a woman before the birth of her baby, stay with her during the birth of her child, provide items needed for her and the baby and promote and support breastfeeding. Also provide advocacy and signposting.

W: https://karollina.wixsite.com/neighbourhooddoulas

T: 07986122670

E: hardykarolina@gmail.com

Ourmala

Specialist, evidence-based yoga programme for refugees and asylum seekers with the aim of improving physical and mental wellbeing. Currently run a weekly Friday women-only class at the Evolve Wellness Centre, South Kensington. Referrals only, which can be done on-line. Other services available elsewhere across London, including for men and children.

W: https://www.ourmala.com

RBKC Adult Learning Guide 2019-20

This guide provides information about Adult Learning opportunities in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Activities and courses are available for adults (aged 19+) and families (including asylum seekers and refugees) and are delivered in partnership with local community providers.

They offer:

  • Reading, writing, maths and spoken English courses (e.g. ESOL)
  • Vocational courses
  • Family learning courses – to support parents of school- aged children
  • New skills courses in: arts and crafts; dance; creative writing; budgeting; explore the digital world and gain confidence using new technologies.
  • Childcare, healthcare and business courses

Click here for the online brochure

Red Cross London

Offers advice and casework support on social welfare entitlements for asylum seekers and refugees in London, including asylum support, welfare benefits, housing and community care. Provides access to immigration advice and counselling services. Clothing, food parcels, hygiene packs and other emergency provisions are also available.

Contact the team by phone for an appointment. No drop in service. Translators available if needed.

W: www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-as-a-refugee

A: Red Cross – Refugee Support Team, Aztec Row , 5 Berners Road , London N1 0PW

T: 020 7704 5670

E:  LondonRU@redcross.org.uk

Refugee Council

Charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Offer practical support and advice throughout their journey in the UK, including: employment and move on advice;  therapeutic support; destitution services; support for separated children.

Please visit website for signposting: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk

Women’s Association for African Networking and Development
(WAND UK)

Women’s charity that addresses the problems facing women in isolated and excluded communities including Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee (BAMER), migrants, unemployed, and lone parents.

Provide advice and information, support, advocacy, opportunities for education and training, self development for community action, enhancing lifelong skills, raising children’s voices, research and development and referral services

W: www.wanduk.org

A: St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ

T: 020 8962 4137/ 07813 485 607 / 07534 155 619

E: info@wanduk.org