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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.

If you have committed a crime, Advance provides all the help you need to move on at our women-only Minerva Centre. Our staff are here to listen and help you get the support you need to move forward with your life and make choices that are right for you.
At our Minerva Centre each woman has their own keyworker who will help them work through a variety of issues and find solutions.

Advice for Renters support people living in private rented accommodation to access legal advice and holistic, person-centred support.

Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 - 25 facing housing difficulties. They help LGBTQ+ young people find safe homes and can support with things like employment, education and training, in an environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

 

Asian Women's Resource Centre is a voluntary sector grassroots organisation, based in Harlesden, which provides support for women who are, or have been experiencing domestic abuse. The AWRC offers safety planning, advice and information, advocacy and support services to survivors. Their service ensures cultural sensitivity, confidentiality and listening time in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
AWRC also run support groups, community engagement activities, and workshops on rights and entitlements.

Cambridge Hpuse have a safer renting programme designed to protect tenants who are victimised by criminal landlords by providing specialist advice, advocacy and support. 

Safer Renting’s are to:

  • Prevent homelessness, particularly by intervening in illegal evictions.

  • Support private renters to negotiate better conditions in their homes.

  • Enable private renters to leave a criminal landlord on their own terms, with compensation whenever possible.

  • Inform government policy and best practice by analysing and communicating how criminal landlords are exploiting the London housing crisis at the expense of tenants.

Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT) is funded by the local authority to provide a voice for private tenants in the London Borough of Camden. Run by and for private tenants, we were set up in 1980 as a mutual support group to help this group of residents come together to organise and campaign for their rights and improve their housing conditions.

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.

We support Black and minoritised young women. This includes those from ethnic minority groups, LGBT+ and disabled young women. We can support if you are: 

  • You are aged 12-24
  • You live, work or study in London Borough 
  • You are worried about or have experienced violence, abuse or exploitation 
  • You are experiencing trauma or emotional distress 

Our Multi Disadvantage Advocate service is a Pan London Service providing support for minoritised young women and girls aged 14-24, living in London and who have experienced any type of VAWG and developed multiple disadvantage (including but not limited to mental health, sexual and reproductive health and well being, social functioning, life skills, housing and immigration). We provide advocacy by conducting risk and needs assessment while devising a tailored support plan to meet the needs of the young person and signpost where appropriate.

Our Counselling service provides emotional support for young people, aged 14-24 who experienced domestic violence directly or indirectly. We are providing a safe space where they can speak freely and confidentially to process feelings and their experiences, work through fears and hopefully gain some perspective of what healthy relationships look like.

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Ealing Advice Service (EAS) provides generalist advice for residents of the London Borough of Ealing.

Our service provides free, high quality advice and assistance in social welfare law across a range of areas including welfare benefits, landlord & tenant, homelessness, debt, employment, family and immigration.

We also run a telephone advice line where our volunteers are able to give you preliminary advice and signpost you to organisations which will be better equipped to deal with any problems you have.

Volunteer advisers are available to give preliminary advice on a range of issues.
Our number is 0208 579 8429, (option 1) or 03000 125464. Our advice line is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday with the exception of Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas day and New Year’s day.

We can also provide specialist assistance to court or tribunal level in welfare benefits, employment, and housing matters.