JRS UK supports people in Immigration Detention at Heathrow and destitute asylum seekers in Greater London.
We are now open for new registrations. Please read the information below, and give us a call. We will be glad to speak with you.
We provide services for destitute asylum seekers who are ‘Appeals Rights Exhausted’ and who are not eligible for and do not receive asylum support, Section 4 support or assistance from social services. We welcome all nationalities, those of any faith and those who have no faith; there is no proselytising.
During COVID-19 restrictions, we are operating an over-the-phone registration and appointment system for those wishing to access our services. To register, please phone 020 7488 7310 Monday to Friday between 10am – 5pm. If we cannot take your call, please leave a message with your name and your phone number and we will call you back as soon as we can.
Our legal and advice teams will contact you and check that you meet the criteria for our support, and discuss whether it is what you want. We will ask for some basic details and ask you to send us some evidence that you are an appeal rights exhausted asylum seeker. Our Day Centre and Emergency response team will then get in touch with you.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7488 7323.
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.
0208 0166 838
Various Locations: partner churches in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth & Richmond
12 Melior Street
(near London Bridge station)
020 7403 1931
020 7704 5670
Refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants can get free emergency support including:
What is offered depends where you are in the country. Help could also include:
The Woodlawns Centre
16 Leigham Court Road
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)
Support asylum seekers throughout the asylum process:
020 7732 0505
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.
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: