Day Centre & Emergency Response Team

Our weekly drop-in Day Centre, and face-to-face appointments with our legal project have been temporarily suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Visits to our Day Centre cannot be made at this time and we are continuing casework and legal appointments over the phone until further notice.

Until our Day Centre re-opens, refugee friends can receive regular packages of food and toiletries, mobile phone credit top-ups, and small hardship grants via a top-up cash card. Deliveries are made to where you are living via our Emergency Response Team who follow strict social distancing and COVID-19 health and safety measures.

We also run an over-the-phone emotional support & befriending scheme through which we pair up an asylum seeker with one of our volunteers for regular check-ins. Those registered with us can also access our online activities such as creative writing, community kitchen and prayer groups.

For more information, or to register please contact us on 020 7488 7310

Detention Outreach Services

Our Detention Outreach team offers support to those currently detained at Colnbrook and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centres near Heathrow. Our team of volunteers are on hand to offer emotional and pastoral support, and practical help during your time in detention. If we are not able to help you, we might know someone who can, and can assist you in contacting them.

If would like some support and someone to talk to you can call us on 020 7488 7319. Our services are free, confidential and open to everyone at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook. If we cannot take your call, leave a message with your name and phone number and we will call you back as soon as we can.

Post Detention Support

For many who experience immigration detention in the UK feelings of isolation and deterioration of physical and mental wellbeing are common. Unfortunately, the impact of detention continues to affect individuals long after release. JRS UK run a peer support group that brings together individuals who have experienced immigration detention in the UK.

This group is a safe space to speak with others about shared experiences, an opportunity for creative and skill building activities, and a place to help one another and rebuild trust.

If you have been supporting someone in detention and think that they would benefit from this group support contact William at william.neal@jrs.net or call 020 7488 7323.

Other places who may be able to offer you support

[ ]

There are other places across London who may be able to offer support as well as JRS UK. Below is a short list of places.

Samaritans

116 123

Services:

  • Call free helpline on 116 123 or email  jo@samaritans.org to talk through any worries, concerns and troubles.
  • Open 24/7, 365 days a year

Glassdoor

0208 0166 838

Various Locations: partner churches in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth & Richmond

Services:

  • Dinner
  • Book via phone or online

Manna Centre

12 Melior Street
SE1 3QP

(near London Bridge station)

020 7403 1931

Services:

  • Daily Drop-in from 10 am – 1 pm
  • Takeaway meal, consisting of a hot dinner and a sandwich.
  • Housing & welfare advice helpline 020 7403 1931 (choose option 1)
  • Mon/Wed/Friday: clothing (request slip needs to be filled)

Location on Google Maps

British Red Cross

LondonRU@redcross.org.uk

020 7704 5670

Services:

Refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants can get free emergency support including:

  • food
  • small amounts of cash
  • clothes
  • toiletries
  • blankets
  • baby items

What is offered depends where you are in the country. Help could also include:

  • reuniting with family
  • travel vouchers
  • benefits and career advice
  • help registering with a doctor or dentist
  • coming with you to appointments
  • learning about life in the UK
  • getting to know your local area
  • counselling

South London Refugee Association

The Woodlawns Centre
16 Leigham Court Road
SW16 2PJ 

02034903443

Services: 

  • Telephone advice prioritised for asylum seekers,  new refugees at risk of destitution  & families, individuals with no recourse to public funds on homelessness, housing issues, destitution, welfare benefits, asylum support and immigration issues.
  • Caseworkers will continue to provide casework support to adults and young people remotely. We will be using interpreters to support phone conversations for those who need this.
  • Support volunteers will call those identified as vulnerable or isolated regularly, checking in with them, having a chat and making sure that they have access to food and medicine if they are self-isolating.
  • Women’s Group on  Whatsapp and Zoom, and Women’s Group facilitator will be sharing resources, selfcare material, educational games for children, virtual yoga sessions and will be keeping the women updated with the
    news and with changes.
  • Counsellor is providing telephone support for those receiving
    casework support or advice from our team.
  • Youth Activities for young people ages 14 to 18 years who would
    usually attend the Youth Club
  • Emergency Hardship Support, delivery of food and other essentials including toiletries and sanitary products. We can also provide small one-off hardship payments ( up to £20 per person) for families who are experiencing severe hardship and those who have no recourse to public funds. Please note that this emergency service is only available to clients with no other income or support and who
    are local to us (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and Southwark).

Location on Google Maps

 

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Maison Pierre Chanel
16 Leicester Square
London, WC2H 7LE

020 7440 2668

Immigration advice line: 0207 440 2669 (10.30-12.30, Wednesdays & 10.30-13.30 on Fridays)

Services:

Support asylum seekers throughout the asylum process:

  • ​Before an asylum claim has been lodged with the Home Office
  • Whilst awaiting a decision.
  • After the decision has been received, and regardless of whether the applicant has been recognised by the Home Office as a refugee.
  • If recognised as a refugee, we can then assist with Family Reunion applications
  • Support non-EU migrants who have not claimed asylum, but are seeking or have sought leave to remain under human rights legislation, usually through having established a private or family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Non-EU family members of EU citizen’s resident in the UK can also receive assistance from us to regularise their stay, or bring other family members to the UK.
  • Representing clients at the Immigration tribunal where there is merit in their case and legal aid is not available.

Location on Google Maps

 

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers

020 7732 0505
office@sdcas.org.uk

Various Day centres at Copleston Centre (Tuesdays), Peckham Park Road Baptist Church (Wednesdays) and St Mary’s Newington (Thursdays) are available to clients on a drop-in basis.

Services: 

  • Emergency parcels of food and other essentials to those who need them on Wednesdays at 121 Peckham Park Road, Peckham Park Road Baptist Church, SE15 6SX from 10am – 2pm
  • Providing people access to food, toiletries, safe accommodation and government support
  • Facilitating people’s access to healthcare

Location of Main Office on Google Maps

Hackney Migrant Centre

Services:

Book an appointment on the Advice Line, call 07961 014182 (Mondays, 10am -11.30am)

Advice line offers free advice and casework for all migrants regardless of immigration status, nationality or current place of residence on:

  • Immigration
  • Homelessness and insecure housing, including destitution cases with “no recourse to public funds” (NRPF)
  • Poverty relief, including food bank vouchers and small grants
  • Health advocacy, for help with access to NHS services, GP registration and problems with NHS charges.

Refugee Council

02073466700

info@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Services:

  • Infoline (08081967272)– aims to connect refugees and people seeking asylum with organisations who can help. This is a short term project to support people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Crisis advice and practical support for refugees, help them to integrate into their new communities
  • Mental health counselling to help refugees come to terms with the trauma so many of them have experienced.
  • Support refugee children and young people who arrive in the UK alone.

 

Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310
uk@jrs.net

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe