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Support & Tools for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in London

National organisations

Below are a list of charities and groups that support refugees and asylum seekers living in London.

These range from international organisations such as the British Red Cross to grassroots groups such as Welcome West London. From groups that offer yoga classes for refugees, to groups that tackle food poverty, to immigration lawyers.

We  have translated these resources into languages commonly spoken by our participants and in refugee communities. 

Click on the language below to download the translation in your language. 

National or London Wide Support Groups

Breaking Barriers

Provide employment support for refugees (with status)


British Red Cross

Provide help with the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.


CIRCLE (Groundwork)

Offer "Culture, language and employment" support (for refugees with status)

Citizens of the World Choir

The COTW is a choir for people who are refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and friends. They provide a safe space for refugees to express themselves through the healing power of music, as well as creating a diverse, friendly social community.


City of Sanctuary

A network of UK organisations aiming to make the UK a place of welcome for people seeking Sanctuary.

Find your local network group:

Code your future

Free coding school for refugees, asylum seekers and others facing difficulties or barriers to education and employment. Equips students with the skills and confidence to begin careers within the tech sector. Groups based across the UK, in London, Manchester, Glasgow and now the West Midlands.


Hope for the young

Provide young refugees and asylum-seekers mentoring and financial support to help with their education and wellbeing.

Host Nation

Online befriending service for refugees and asylum seekers


Jesuit Refugee Service UK 
Run a Day Centre for destitute asylum seekers who are not eligible for asylum support, Section 4 support or assistance from social services.

They also arrange visitors for people in Colnbrook and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centres.  

Call 020 7488 7310 for support.

Migrant Help

Offer a wide range of specialist support for migrants.

Free asylum helpline: 0808 8010 503

My Bright Kite CIC

Support the inclusion and empowerment of young refugees through tailored youth programmes, refugee awareness talks and training. 


Deliver free yoga sessions for refugees and asylum seekers


Providing practical, legal and emotional support for migrants at-risk, ensuring that their human needs are met & that they can overcome the barriers they face.


Project 17

Work to end destitution among migrant children by improving access to local authority support for vulnerable families.


Offer language tuition, education, finance and access to meaningful employment.


Refugee Action

Help refugees get the support they need to live  safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.

Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex & London (RAMFEL).

Supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.


Refugees at Home

Help to secure accommodation for asylum seekers through hosting.

Refugee Support Network

Educational support for 15-25 year olds seeking safety in the UK

The Bike Project

Fix secondhand bikes and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers. Also provide cycling lessons.

The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN).

Support refugees to thrive through their own business ideas

The Migrant and Refugee Children's Legal Unit

Based at Islington Law Centre, MICLU work for the rights of migrant and refugee children and young people.

The Refugee Council

Provide crisis advice and practical support, helping refugees to integrate into their new communities and offer mental health counselling.

UNHCR United Kingdom 

The UK office of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees.

We Belong

Young UK migrants campaigning for a shorter, more affordable route to settlement

Women for Refugee Women

Empowerment and support for refugee women including English Language and Drama.

Local Support Groups


Hackney-based social centre for migrants.

CARAS (South West London)

CARAS is a community outreach charity based in Tooting. We support people of refugee and asylum-seeking background who live in South-West London.

CARIS Haringey

Working to support homeless families in Haringey 

Grace (Greenwich Refugee AID and Community Enterprise)

Provides aid to vulnerable/destitute new parents referred by social carers and midwives. 

Hackney Migrant Centre

A weekly drop-in for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, offering free advice on immigration, welfare, housing and health

Haringay Migrant Support 

Weekly drop-in service for migrants, offering advice and signposting on immigration, welfare and healthcare issues.

Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees

Contact them at


Language, preparation for work and cultural activities  for refugees and non-EU migrants in the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham. 

Islington Centre for refugees and migrants

Provide a wide range of services from language lessons to arts projects to crisis support.

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

Provide free, independent and confidential advice to refugee, asylum seeker and migrant (RASM) communities 


Comprised of 10 civil society organisations that primarily serve the BME community in and around Kensington & Chelsea.

North East London Migrant Action (NELMA)

Campaigning to defend the rights of all migrants/Free School Meals. 

Salusbury World

Challenging myths about immigration and asylum-supporting refugee kids, families & more in schools & beyond  (Based in Brent).

Tottenham Refugee Alliance

Offers sanctuary to refugees in Haringey under the Home Office community sponsorship scheme


Waterloo Community Counselling

The Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service at Waterloo Community Counselling provides time-limited culturally-sensitive, mother-tongue counselling to migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers at no cost to the client. 


West London Welcome

Offer free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have settled in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Asylum System Advice, Legal Support and Support for Detained People


legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons

Consonant (formerly Migrants resources  Centre) 

Provide legal advice to help people fleeing persecution and violence to live safely in the UK. 

Detention Action

Supporting people in Detention across the UK

Duncan Lewis

Law firm specialising in immigration - particularly asylum support.

Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group

Supporting Detainees at Gatwick

Medical justice

Medical help for detainees

Right to Remain

The Right to Remain Toolkit is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system.

SOAS Detainee Support


Supporting detainees


Support LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system

Local refugee support groups
Legal support & support for detainees
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