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 our main office 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

or 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 or call 020 7488 7323.

Suport during December and January

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JRS UK will be closed from 23rd December and reopen on 4th January. If you need help or support during this period, the below list of services are operating.

Whitechapel Mission

212 Whitechapel Road
E1 1BJ

0300 011 1400


  • Daily Drop-in
  • Serving breakfast 7 am – 10 am (advised to arrive early, as food may run out)
  • Showers and clothing also available

Location on Google Maps

Manna Centre

12 Melior Street

(near London Bridge station)

020 7403 1931


  • 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

North London Action For the Homeless

St Paul’s Church Hall
Stoke Newington Rd
N16 7UE

07421 032553


  • Drop-in on Mondays & Wednesdays
    • Mondays: 12 noon – 1:30 pm – hot take away meals + food parcels
    • Wednesdays: 6pm to 7.30pm  – hot take away meals
  • Shower and laundry service (priority for rough sleepers)

Location on Google Maps

St Cuthbert’s Centre

The Philbeach Hall
51 Philbeach Gardens

020 7835 1389


  • Daily Drop-in until 24th December

Location on Google Maps

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

020 7488 7310

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