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.
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.
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.
Hackney Migrant Centre runs a weekly drop-in advice service with the help of volunteers and professional advisers.
Visitors to the service receive initial immigration, housing and welfare advice; as well as advice on accessing a GP and dealing with charges for hospital care. Outside the drop-in, they charity works with visitors to resolve the problems facing them.
The Hear2Change project works with young people in schools and community with the aim of changing attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls. The project provides support to young people through workshops, assemblies and one-to-one advocacy work for those who have experienced or are at risk of, violence and abuse.
Hear2Change is is 12 weeks group programme looking at root causes and strains of VAWG; young people participating can gain AQA Level 1 and Level 2 Awards. We provide individual advocacy support to young people impacted by any type of abuse, teachers training to support their understanding of trauma and how to spot the signs of abuse, as well as supporting parents and assemblies through peer to peer campaigning.
Housing Justice is a Christian charity working to address homelessness and housing need. They run a London Hosting project where destitute asylum seekers are hosted by people with a spare room. They support Winter Night Shelters across the UK.
Migrant Support provides support to people affected by displacement and exploitation. They provide accommodation and financial support to those seeking asylum, support with resettlement of refugees, and advice and support around the EU Settlement Scheme.
The No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Wrap Around project provides support with subsistence, accommodation and immigration advice to women who have experienced recent Domestic Violence/ Sexual Violence (DV/SV) and are destitute. The project is funded by Southall Black Sisters. The funding can support single women for up to 16 weeks, and women with children for up to 6 weeks (until the Local Authority fulfils their duty).
The funding requires a caseworker is actively working with the woman to improve her circumstances for the duration of the funding (i.e immigration status, benefits, housing, employment).
- From a Solace borough
- The woman has experienced recent domestic and/or sexual violence, prostitution and/or trafficking and any other form of gender-based violence, including harmful practices
- The woman has NRPF
- The woman does not have access to other funds including savings
Praxis provides expert support to migrants and refugees in the UK. They have an East London base and provide immigration advice and support with housing, homelessness, benefits, health, and welfare.
Praxis run a housing project where they provide safe accommodation to families with no access to normal welfare support system.
They run peer-led support groups to build confidence, develop skills and forge friendships.
Project 17 is an organisation working to end destitution among migrant children. It works with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to local authority support.
They provide helpline advice and advocacy to migrants facing homelessness and extreme poverty because they are unable to work or claim welfare benefits.
The Advice Helpline is for advisers working with families.