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Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) was set up in 2006 to reduce the poverty of local refugees and asylum-seekers, advance their education and raise awareness about refugees 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 foodbank for destitute asylum-seekers and refugees.

Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre serves the health, welfare, educational and cultural needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women and their families resident in London. Domestic and sexual abuse support is for Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

Funded by London Councils, Ascent is a partnership project that is part of the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services to support women affected by domestic and/or sexual violence.  Solace is lead partner, working with 14 organisations, on the Ascent Advice & Counselling partnership. This pan-London collaboration provides specialist counselling and advice services to women and girls affected by domestic/ sexual violence. Services include 1 to 1 counselling; 1-1 advice; group work, legal advice and training and No Recourse to Public Funds assistance

Ascent Advice and Counselling 

Ascent Advice and Counselling (A&C), funded by London Councils is a partnership led by Solace along with 13 specialist VAWG partners delivering services to women across London. The services provided under this project include 1-1 counselling; bespoke group work, specialist advice, No Recourse Fund providing living expenses for those who are No Recourse to Public Funds; a London Family Law Line, Legal guides and training. This project is run by specialist organisations, led by and for women, many of whom are BME specialists. The Partnership operates a Hub and Spoke model with 2 advice hubs (East and West), a London Family Law Advice Line and advice spokes across all of London. Advice is provided by phone via the advice lines and via face to face casework for up to 12 weeks.

Ascent Advice Plus, funded by MOPAC, enhances the Ascent Advice offer available across London by adding extra capacity to the advice service by:

  • Increased capacity on the advice hubs (East and West), enabling timely access to initial advice and support;
  • Additional advice caseworker posts to ensure each specialist partner has increased capacity to respond flexibly to the diverse needs of victims/survivors and to work with women for up to 26 weeks;
  • Additional part-time legal advisor to expand Rights of Women London Family Law advice line’s capacity to provide advice around legal options;
  • Inclusion of additional consultancy expertise to assist in meeting a broader range of diverse needs, including LBT, deaf and disabled women and women with learning disabilities.
  • Extension of reach through the provision of accessibility funds for each partner for venue costs and interpreting across all London boroughs.

Ascent Leaflet 

Capa (Child and Adolescent to Parent Abuse) supports parents, grandparents, carers, young people and professionals experiencing child or adolescent to parent abuse. They offer an online platform providing individual support, advice, signposting and training to anyone impacted or supporting a family who is struggling with child to parent abuse.

Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children’s Legal Centre. They provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people.
Please note there is a cost if you wish to request a call back.

Creative therapies are available to children and young people from the age 4+ affected by domestic or sexual violence at some point in their life. 

Through art making, play, drama and talking, the child and the therapist work together to make sense of the child’s difficulties and offer a safe and contained space where the child can express her/ his thoughts and feelings.

The aim of creative therapy is to help the child or young person develop a better understanding of their feelings regarding their current situation and experience of domestic violence. They learn they are not to blame for the abuse and improve their self esteem.

Referral Criteria

  • The preparator can no longer be living with the family or be in a relationship with a mother/carer. 
  • Children need to be living in a safe and stable enough environment before beginning therapy. 
  • Any unsupervised and supervised contact with the preparator must be deemed to be safe. 

The waiting list has now been opened for new referrals.  If you have any queries or would like to make a referral, please get in touch on [email protected]

Children's Creative Therapies Leaflet

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a community outreach charity that offers support and advice to people of refugee background.
They have a range of group activities that support people of all ages to develop their English skills (classes for women and young people), access services and opportunities, build supportive social networks and to feel welcomed. We run women’s groups, advice sessions and youth activities.