Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants Directory

Updated 11 December 2017

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This directory lists organisations which offer support to or are taking action for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It also lists organisations which offer specific services of interest to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

There are a number of refugee, asylum seeker and migrant community groups which provide support across the city. A list of these groups is included here. The directory is updated regularly, so if you spot any errors, please contact Sanctuary on Sea at [email protected]

Other sources of information about local organisations and services include:

If you want to know more about groups and organisations coming together across the UK to take action for refugees in Calais, and beyond, the Calaid-ipedia website has a list.

The organisations listed in the Local sections here are based in Brighton and Hove or nearby in East Sussex and West Sussex.

National organisations

Local organisations supporting or campaigning for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Government and local authority services

Children’s services

Citizenship

Education

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Hate incidents and antisocial behaviour

Modern slavery and human trafficking

Social care

Training and skills

Visas and immigration

Local services and organisations

Advocacy

Education

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Family tracing and family reunion travel assistance

Food

Health and mental health

Housing

Language services

Legal advice – local charities

Legal advice – local commercial firms

LGBTQ

Money

Support for community groups

Violence and abuse

Welfare

Women

Young people

Community organisations and groups

National organisations

Amnesty International UK
Address: Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Web: www.amnesty.org.uk
Tel: 020 7033 1500
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: AmnestyUK
Twitter: @AmnestyUK

Amnesty International UK works to protect women, men and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As a global movement of over 7 million people, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. They investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer more just world.

Asylum Aid
Address: Migrants Resource Centre, Berol House, 25 Ashley Road, London N17 9LJ
Web: www.asylumaid.org.uk
Tel: 020 7354 9631
Asylum Advice Line (Tuesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.): 020 7354 9264
Email: [email protected]

Asylum Aid is part of Migrants Resource Centre. It offers free, confidential and independent legal advice and representation on asylum and statelessness.

Asylum Help
Web: asylumhelpuk.org
For details of helplines in own language: asylumhelpuk.org/our-services
Telephone helpline for advice: 0808 8000630
Telephone helpline for support applications: 0808 8000631

Asylum Help is part of a charity called Migrant Help. Asylum Help services are free of charge and are available to anyone entering the UK and applying for refugee status, or anyone who has had their refugee status refused. They can provide advice at every stage of the asylum application process (see advice helpline below), and they can assist with applying for accommodation and support if you are an asylum seeker (see support applications helpline below). Both their helplines are free.

Freedom from Torture
Web: www.freedomfromtorture.org
Tel: 020 7697 7777
Facebook: FreedomfromTorture
Twitter: @freefromtorture

Freedom from Torture provides direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. Referrals for clinical services can be made by survivors themselves, or by a professional.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
Address: The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley RH10 6AD
Web: www.gdwg.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Gatwick-Detainees-Welfare-Group-134375319959263
Twitter: @GatDetainees

The charity provides emotional and practical support, through its volunteer visitors, to asylum seekers and immigration detainees held at Tinsley House and Brook House removal centres near Gatwick Airport.

Helen Bamber Foundation
Address: Bruges Place, 15-20 Baynes Street, (Entrance is via Randolph Street), London NW1 0TF
Web: www.helenbamber.org
Referrals: www.helenbamber.org/referrals
Tel: 0203 058 2020
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: helenbamberfoundation
Twitter: @helenbamber

The Helen Bamber Foundation supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced extreme human cruelty, such as torture and human trafficking. They provide specialist care to meet the complex needs of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world, offering survivors specialist psychological and physical therapy, housing and welfare support, legal protection and creative arts and skills programmes to help people rebuild their lives.

Help Refugees
Web: helprefugees.org.uk
Email: [email protected]

Help Refugees is a grassroots collective working with small groups and organisations that have sprung up in response to the humanitarian crisis. They respond where the need is greatest, whether by providing food, clothing, shelter or funding to more than 80 projects across Europe and the Middle East. In the UK, they are taking joint action to improve lives of refugees.

Migrants’ Rights Network
Web: www.migrantsrights.org.uk
Tel: 020 7336 9412
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: migrantsrights
Twitter: @migrants_rights

The network works and campaigns in support of migrants in the UK. They promote policy analysis, partnership and debate for the rights of all migrants. Sign up on their website to receive their regular newsletter and get all the latest updates on migration issues.

Refugee Action
Web: www.refugee-action.org.uk
Tel: 020 7952 1511
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: RefugeeAction
Twitter: @RefugeeAction

Provides help and advice for refugees and asylum seekers on issues including the asylum process and how to access support.

Refugee Council
Web: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
Tel: 020 7346 6700
Facebook: refugeecouncil
Twitter: @refugeecouncil

The Refugee Council supports refugees to rebuild their lives, advocates for them and ensures they have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that affect them. It runs a “holistic information service” supporting people who have recently been granted asylum. It provides services for asylum seekers, including counselling and support; signposting to helpful services for asylum seekers by phone, in person or through an online resources directory; destitution support (mainly in London) and English classes. Its Children’s Section works to safeguard and improve the lives of separated children seeking asylum.

If you are working with an unaccompanied child who is seeking asylum, refer them to the Children’s Section by clicking here.

Refugee Therapy Centre
Address: 1A Leeds Place, Tollington Park, London, N4 3RF
Web: www.refugeetherapy.org.uk
Referrals: www.refugeetherapy.org.uk/make-a-referral/
Email: [email protected]

The Refugee Therapy Centre was established in 1999 in response to the growing need for a therapeutic service which respected, and worked with, the cultural and linguistic needs of refugees and asylum seekers providing people with the opportunity to be heard and receive help in their own language where possible or in English if they so wished.

The Refugee Therapy Centre’s central purpose is to help refugees and asylum seekers to feel empowered to deal with their psychological difficulties by providing specialist counselling, psychotherapy and support.

Refugees in Effective Active Partnership (REAP)
Address: Key House, High Street, Yiewsley, Middlesex, UB7 7BQ
Web: reap.org.uk
Tel: 01895 441 530
Email: [email protected]

Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership (REAP) is an independent, refugee-led organisation in West London that aims to empower refugees and asylum-seekers to live as valuable and valued members of British society.

Salvation Army
Web: www.helpforvictims.co.uk/content/G90.htm
Tel: 0300 3038151

If you suspect that someone is the victim of modern slavery or human trafficking, or if you are a victim you can get advice from the Salvation Army on their 24 hour confidential helpline.

Stonewall
Web: www.stonewall.org.uk

Stonewall provides help and support to LGBT communities and their allies. We’re here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone.

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) 
Web: uklgig.org.uk
UKLGIG affiliated solicitors: uklgig.org.uk/?page_id=100

UKLGIG promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex + (LGBTQI+) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to come here to be with their partners. Our asylum related activities include: supporting LGBT asylum seekers: providing emotional support & legal information referring to solicitors; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects; Research & Policy: working to ensure LGBTQI+ people are treated equally and with dignity in the asylum process; seeking to improve the quality of Home Office decision making and seeking an end to the detention of LGBTQI+ people; training and Information: providing training and information on LGBTQI+ asylum issues. UKLGIG also provide support and information to LGBTQI+ people seeking to settle in the UK with their partners, via our website, an online forum and a monthly meeting.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Address: 10 Furnival Street, London EC4A 1AB
Web: www.unhcr.org/uk/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland.html
Tel: 020 3761 9500
Facebook: unhcr.uk
Twitter: @UNHCRUK

UNHCR leads and co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to seek asylum and refugee in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

Women for Refugee Women
Address: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone St, London EC1Y 8RT
Web: www.refugeewomen.co.uk
Tel: 020 7250 1239
Email: [email protected]

Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety. We work in three ways: We work at the grassroots to support and empower women who are seeking asylum; We work with the arts, media and public events to tell women’s stories; And, by publishing research and informing politicians, we try to create a fairer asylum process.

Local organisations supporting or campaigning for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK
Web: asnteamuk.org
Email: [email protected]

Based in Steyning, West Sussex, ASN helps refugees in Greece by raising funds to support local grassroots organisations.

Articulate
Address: ONCA Gallery, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton BN1 4GB
Web: www.articulate.global
Tel: 07967 719 137
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: articulate.global
Twitter: @articulate_arts

Articulate works with children and young people who’ve had a difficult start in life; and continue to face some tough challenges. Their art projects and Creative Safe Spaces help young people to be creatively vocal, providing them with a positive environment where they are free to explore, express themselves and enjoy themselves in the process.

Bestfoot Music
Web: www.bestfootmusic.net
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/bestfootmusic
Tel: 07983 810 874
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: BestFootMusicPage

Established in 2009, Best Foot Music is an intercultural music and arts organisation. It aims to encourage social inclusion and cultural diversity by supporting, promoting and documenting the music and arts of communities and individuals who have moved to the UK from around the World. Bestfoot is a volunteer organisation with committee members working on a ‘not for profit’ basis, whilst strongly believing musicians should be paid a professional wage for the work they do. Activities include:

  • Music recordings and documentation
  • Event Production
  • Supporting artists in developing their own projects
  • Booking artists for events held by other organisations
  • Documenting events held by similar organisations and advising those wanting to organise their own events.

Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership
Address: BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE
Web: bmecp.org.uk
Tel: 0300 3031171
Email: [email protected]

The Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership offer a drop in service for refugees and asylum seekers every other Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a great opportunity to meet other refugees and migrants, seek welfare benefits and advice, and help to apply for documents such as naturalisation and travel. Information about hate crimes is also available. Call the centre to find out which Fridays the drop in takes place.

Brighton Migrant Solidarity
Web: www.brightonmigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: brightonmigrantssolidarity
Twitter: @brimigsol

Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a community and campaign group who focus on freedom of movement and supporting migrants. They warmly welcome people with experience of fleeing conflict or seeking sanctuary to all their meetings and events.

Calais Action – Brighton
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Calais-Action-Brighton-646481882121064

An active grassroots group which organises regular collections of practical aid (mostly men’s clothes and food) to Calais and Northern France. Volunteers travel to France to support organisations working on the ground (Refugee Community Kitchen, Help Refugees Calais Warehouse, School Bus Project). Please contact for more information.

Community Works
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/volunteering
Tel: 01273 234023
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: bhcommunityworks
Twitter: @bh_cw

Community Works connects charities, volunteers and businesses. They help people who want to volunteer their time to find local opportunities. Their volunteer centre can help you find a volunteering opportunity with an organisation that is supporting or taking action for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing.

The searchable Directory of Community Works member organisations lists details of the range of services and activities provided by the over 550 members, all of which are voluntary or community organisations based in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing. This is accessible via www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/member-directory

Euro-Mediterranean Resources Network
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.euromernet.org
Tel: 01273 251574
Facebook: euromernet
Twitter: @euromernetnews

Euro-Mediterranean Resources Network specialises in news and information gathering, strategic research and training on environment, development, social justice and civil liberties in the countries across the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Hummingbird Project
Address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE
Web: hummingbirdproject.org.uk
Tel: 07756 216722
Facebook: HummingbirdUK
Twitter: @hummingbirdbtn

The Hummingbird Project grew out of solidarity and aid to refugees in the Calais and Dunkirk. With the closure of the camps, the Hummingbird Project now work creatively 1:1 and in groups with young refugees in Brighton. They run a youth group every Monday at the YPC, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Young people can drop in or be referred through [email protected]

The Hummingbird team have experience of working with at risk young people who have been forced to be on the move. They can offer case work in Sussex and extra emotional and practical support. Additional support, training and awareness sessions can be organised at request.

Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LGSRAS)
Address: c/o Town Hall, Lewes BN7 2QS
Tel: 07976 923393
Email: [email protected]

LGSRAS is a voluntary group in the Lewes district, which works to raise awareness and to support people in our area, regardless of their status. We also advocate about issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers.

We provide a voluntary befriender service to families in the district who have come under the Syrian Resettlement Programme, and are keen to extend support to other refugees and asylum seekers as they move into the district.

Migrant and Refugee Solidarity (MARS)
Web: marsuob.wordpress.com
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: marsbrighton

MARS is an activist network set up by workers, teachers and students at the University of Brighton in solidarity to the millions of migrants and refugees seeking a safer and better future outside their countries of birth. We are linked to local and international solidarity initiatives. Contact MARS if you want information, speakers, and contacts or if you have ideas to share. They are keen to utilise their academic skills and links with a variety of actors, in Britain and abroad.

Refugee Radio
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.refugeeradio.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Refugee-Radio

Refugee Radio provides a weekly support group around mental health, as well as outreach and advice. It also produces radio with refugees and asylum seekers for their stories to be heard.

Sanctuary on Sea
Web: brighton-and-hove.cityofsanctuary.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: BrightonandHoveCityofSanctuary
Twitter: @Brightonsanct

Sanctuary on Sea is the Brighton group of the City of Sanctuary movement, a national network made up of about 100 local groups of businesses, community organisations and individuals who aim to foster a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary. Since recognising Brighton and Hove as a City of Sanctuary, it maintains a dialogue with the Council about how the city can live up to that name. Its steering group is made up of some of the other organisations included in this directory. It runs a Schools of Sanctuary and Clubs of Sanctuary programme, coordinates the annual Refugee Week celebrations in June and supports national campaigns. It provides information about any events relating to refugees and migrants in the city via facebook, twitter and an e-newsletter.

Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
Web: www.star-network.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: STARsussex

STAR is a national charity of 12,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. They work to:

  • Volunteer at local refugee projects
  • Campaign to improve the lives of refugees
  • Educate people about refugees and asylum seekers
  • Fundraise to welcome refugees.

STAR has been represented at Sussex University since 2014; their Equal Access campaign work has resulted in the University’s management offering two full scholarships to students with Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK. The local STAR group meets regularly.

Sussex Interpreting Services
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk
Tel: 01273 702005
Emergencies at any time of day or night.: 07811 459315
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: sis.interpreting.services
Twitter: @sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Services offers a range of support services which are free to all refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. These include community interpreting, bilingual advocacy, a health promotion project, and translation.

There is a drop-in service at BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month offering free help, support and information in 16 languages. No appointment necessary.

Sussex Refugee Solidarity
Facebook: groups/790732351036244/

Sussex Refugee Solidarity is a local community support and action group for refugees, set up by parents in Sussex. It is a forum which aims to set out what we can offer to refugees resettling in East Sussex and West Sussex.

Voices in Exile (VIE)
Address: The Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP
Tel: 01273 328598
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: brightonvoicesinexile

Voices in Exile (VIE) is a registered charity that provides advice and support to those seeking asylum, refugees and those with no recourse to public funds.

VIE currently offers the following services:

  • Destitution Service: VIE’s destitution service can be accessed through a referral sent to the [email protected] email address. This applies to refugees and asylum seekers who are destitute or at risk of destitution. Clients are able to access food, financial support (provided by The British Red Cross and other funders), and support with goods. VIE holds a drop in for those clients on a weekly basis at St John the Baptist parish hall in Kemptown, but this is by referral only. Any language needs should be disclosed in advance so interpreting services can be made available.
  • Rent In Advance and Deposit Scheme: for people supported by the Destitution Service. This is accessible only through a referral. The scheme is run through funds that have been donated to Voices in Exile, in conjunction with East Sussex Credit Union.
  • Immigration Advice: VIE is currently not taking on any new cases directly but hopes to be in a position to do so in the near future. Referrals should be made to [email protected]
  • The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme: VIE is contracted by Brighton and Hove to provide support to those arriving in the city within this scheme with pre-arrival support, airport collection, furnishing properties, and casework support. They run a drop in for those on the scheme on Wednesday mornings at St John the Baptist parish hall in Kemptown. Voices In Exile also works in partnership with the Friends Centre to provide English Language Classes to Syrians on the scheme. For non-emergency queries about someone on the scheme email “>[email protected]>.
  • Mentoring: VIE runs a mentoring scheme for all its clients, providing support with English, accompaniment, advice, distribution and other activities. They currently have a team of around 20 volunteers. If you would like to get involved or volunteer, please email [email protected] with a covering letter, CV and two references.

Government and local authority services

Brighton and Hove City Council lead for refugees and migrants
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/life-events-and-communities/migrants-asylum-seekers-and-refugees/how-help-refugees-brighton
Tel: 01273 292572
Email: [email protected]

Lucy Bryson is the Community Safety Manager for Refugees and Migrants for Brighton and Hove City Council. She can be contacted for further information regarding the council’s work on migration in the city. Lucy is also the Chair of the Brighton & Hove Refugee Forum.

Brighton and Hove City Council Syrian refugee resettlement scheme
Tel: 01273 291248
Email: [email protected]

Brighton and Hove City Council is proud to be welcoming Syrian refugees through the UK’s Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) which aims to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees across the UK by 2020. The success of the scheme is reliant on local landlords willing to provide properties at affordable rates and for at least one year or longer if possible.

If you have any questions about the resettlement scheme in Brighton and Hove or you are a private landlord and want to find out more, please get in touch.

Children’s services

Brighton and Hove City Council support and activities for young people
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/support-and-activities-young-people

The Brighton and Hove City Council website contains a page of web links to a wide variety of support and activities for young people

Citizenship

Brighton and Hove City Council citizenship advice
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/community-and-life-events/births-deaths-and-marriages/nationality-checking-service
Tel: 01273 292016
Email: [email protected]

Advice is available from Brighton and Hove City Council on the process of applying for British Citizenship, including a checking service for application forms and the arrangement of citizenship ceremonies.

Education

Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)
Address: Fairlight School, St Leonard’s Road, Brighton BN2 3AJ
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/schools/emas-ethnic-minority-achievement-service
Tel: 01273 292521
Email: [email protected]

The Brighton and Hove City Council Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) provides support to children in schools, and at home to school liaison officers to support families if English is not their first language. EMAS is a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants, bilingual liaison workers and home school liaison workers. EMAS works with pre-school, primary and secondary aged children, within their own schools.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

There are a number of ESOL providers in the city offering a range of courses: some for free or at a low-cost. Some providers also offer courses irrespective of immigration status or benefit entitlement.

Brighton and Hove Library Service
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries-learning

An online Directory of ESOL provision in the city is available from the Brighton and Hove Library Service.

Hate incidents and antisocial behaviour

Community Safety Casework Team
Web: www.safeinthecity.info
Tel: 01273 292735
Email: [email protected]

Racist and religiously motivated incidents, disability hate incidents, transphobic and homophobic hate incidents and anti-social behaviour can be reported directly to a specialist casework service within the Community Safety Casework Team based at Hove Town Hall (BHCC). Vulnerability and risk are assessed for each incident and the team will either directly support victims, or refer cases to appropriate agencies. The team can also provide advice and guidance regarding any hate incident or anti-social behaviour concern. Hate incidents or anti-social behaviour can also be reported directly to the police by calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency).

Modern slavery and human trafficking

Safe in the City
Web: www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/modern-slavery-and-trafficking

Modern slavery is a term used to describe human trafficking, forced labour, slavery and servitude. Human trafficking occurs when people are moved from one place to another with the use of force or deception for the purpose of exploitation, for example, in the sex industry, in organised crime or for forced labour. Victims of modern slavery are often migrants. This crime is hidden from view and there are many barriers to victims reporting what has happened to them.

If you suspect that someone is the victim of modern slavery, or if you are a victim, call the police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency). If the victim is a child, call the police or social services in the same way as you would report another child protection concern.

Social care

The Brighton and Hove City Council website contains a web page listing a wide variety of social care available in the city

For adults with no recourse to public funds
Tel: 01273 295555
Direct line: 01273 296126
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

In some limited cases Brighton and Hove City Council may have a responsibility to accommodate and support families, or single adults with care needs, who have no recourse to public funds and would otherwise be at risk of destitution. Referrals for assessment can be made directly or on a person’s behalf.

For children and their families with no recourse to public funds
Tel: 01273 295400
Email: [email protected]

Training and skills

Brighton and Hove Library Connect
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraryconnect
Tel: 01273 290800

The Library Connect service provides free one-to-one and drop-in sessions helping people develop digital and online skills. Help is available to develop skills in areas such as using the internet and email, keeping in touch with friends/relatives on line, job searches, sending attachments, accessing Council services online, navigating online forms, printing/scanning, downloading apps or e-books, transferring photographs from a digital camera to a computer/ memory stick, sending text messages and more. Sessions are tailored to individual needs. Free Library Connect sessions at your local library can be booked by phone or through the Library Connect website.

Visas and immigration

UK Visas and Immigration
Web: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

UK Visas and Immigration is a national government department which decides who has the right to visit or stay in the UK. They run the UK’s asylum service which offers protection to those eligible under the 1951 Geneva Convention.

Voluntary returns service
Web: www.gov.uk/return-home-voluntarily
Tel: 0300 004 0202
Email: [email protected]

If someone is in the UK unlawfully the Home Office can help them to return to their home country if they wish to do so. They can assist with travel documentation and arranging financial help to support resettlement in their home country.

Local services and organisations

Advocacy

Sussex Interpreting Services
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk
Tel: 01273 234016
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: sis.interpreting.services
Twitter: @sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Services provide bilingual advocates who work with vulnerable and isolated people. They take the time to appreciate people’s views, needs, expectations and concerns and ensure they are heard, respected and acted upon where necessary.

Education

Alnoure Academy
Address: Hove Park Valley Campus, Hangleton Way, Hove BN3 8AA
Web: www.alnoureacademy.org
Tel: 07935 293834
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Alnoure-Academy-Arabic-GCSE-pathway

Alnoure Academy is an independent non-profit community Arabic school organisation for GCSE and A-level pathways. Students are from a range of communities and a wide variety of backgrounds including: Iraqi, Palestinian, Bangladeshi, Polish, Syrian and English.

Bridge Community Education Centre
Address: Lucraft Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton BN2 4PN
Web: www.thebridgebrighton.com
Email: [email protected]

The Bridge is a charity offering advice, support and ways to learn through practical and leisure courses, workshops and practical one-to-one sessions on issues such as adult literacy, job related advice and money management. Some of these are subsidised to benefit the surrounding community and those receiving benefits. This is a programme of regular activities and volunteering opportunities, to enable people to meet and have fun in a friendly spacious community learning centre with its own cafe in Moulescoomb, Brighton.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

There are a number of ESOL providers in the city offering a range of courses: some for free or at a low-cost. Some providers also offer courses irrespective of immigration status or benefit entitlement.

BHASVIC
Address: Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EG
Web: www.bhasvic.ac.uk
Tel: 01273 552200
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College)
Address: Brighton MET, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA
Web: www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton
Tel: 01273 667788
Course information: 01273 667759
Facebook: BrightonMET
Twitter: @GBMetColl

Brighton Table Tennis Club
Web: www.brightontabletennisclub.co.uk
Tim Holtam: 07985 141788
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Table Tennis Club offers ‘PingLish’, which gives migrants and refugees the opportunity to learn English for free with the support of an experienced ESOL teacher whilst playing Table Tennis (also known as Ping Pong).

EC English Language Centres
Address: Dolphin House, Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF
Web: www.ecenglish.com/school-locations/learn-english-in-brighton
Tel: 01273 694618
Facebook: ec.brighton
Twitter: @ECEnglish

English Language Centre (ELC)
Address: 33 Palmeira Mansions, Hove, BN3 2GB
Web: www.elc-brighton.co.uk
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: elcbrighton
Twitter: @elcbrighton

Friends Centre
Address: Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ
Web: www.friendscentre.org
Tel: 01273 810210
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: FriendsCentreBrighton
Twitter: @FriendsCentre

Intensive School of English (ISE)
Address: 34 Duke St, Brighton, BN1 1BS
Web: www.isebrighton.com
Tel: 01273 384800
Email: [email protected]

Migrant English Project (MEP)
Address: The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4EJ
Web: mepbrighton.com
Tel: 01273 696104 (Mondays only)
Email: [email protected]

The Migrant English Project provides free English lessons for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. They run a drop in every Monday, 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Cowley Club. The morning session (10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.) prioritises refugees and asylum seekers. The afternoon session (1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.) also welcomes migrants who may not be refugees or asylum seekers.

Portslade Adult Learning
Address: PACA, Chalky Road, Portslade, BN41 2WS
Web: www.portslade.org
Tel: 01273 422632
Email: [email protected]

University of Sussex
Address: University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH
Web: www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/
Email: [email protected]

The University of Sussex offer free English language courses in Falmer two days a week in the spring term (starting at the beginning of February running for 12 weeks).

Varndean College
Address: Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ
Web: www.varndean.ac.uk
Tel: 01273 508011
Adult education: 01273 546602
Email: [email protected]

Workers Education Association – adult education
Web: wea.org.uk
Tel: 01273 945869
Email: [email protected]

Family tracing and family reunion travel assistance

British Red Cross
Address: Unit 7, St Joseph’s Close, St Joseph’s Business Park, Hove BN3 7HG
Web: www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Our-services-for-refugees
Landline: 01273 227801 / Ext: 17752
Mobile: 07885 969270
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

The British Red Cross International Family Tracing (IFT) Service helps to restore and maintain contact between families separated by armed conflict, migration or natural disaster by using the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network. The IFT team can also provide a service for sending Red Cross Messages, certificates of detention for those imprisoned overseas and also provides services inside Immigration Removal Centres.

The British Red Cross Family Reunion Travel Assistance Scheme pays for and arranges travel to reunite refugee families. The scheme organises and pays for family members’ travel to the UK only. To be eligible, individuals must already be in possession of visas and be able to provide evidence that they are unable to afford the cost of flights. Destitution and Casework Support is also available.

The British Red Cross Destitution and Casework Support service is provided by partner organisation, Voices in Exile (VIE); further details can be found under the BVIE entry.

The British Red Cross International Family Tracing and Refugee Support Co-ordinator for East Sussex is Christin Nazari who works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Growing Points
Online referral form for organisations: growingpoints.co.uk/referral/
Tel: 07889 752169
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: ambitionandaction

National charity Growing Points works to improve the social mobility of people from excluded communities, using the powerful and influential networks of volunteer Guardians to enable them to achieve their ambitions. Guardians are talented and well connected in all sorts of fields including education, health and social care; management consultancy and journalism. They are matched up with people with ambition from excluded communities such as refugees. Guardians work with them on their ambitions by using their networks to find opportunities for growth and success in their chosen field. They work in partnership with referring organisations including City of Sanctuary, the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton Mind. Most work is by email and telephone with some face to face contact with customers. Referrals do not come directly from individuals but from organisations working with people who are likely to need Growing Points’ help.

Food

Individuals need to be referred to most food banks and cannot just turn up. If you are an individual in need, or a professional and want to refer someone to emergency food, read the Brighton and Hove Food Partnerships advice on what to do.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Address: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
Web: www.bhfood.org.uk
Tel: 01273 431700
Email: [email protected]

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation providing a hub for information, inspiration and connection around food. It delivers a range of community projects such as:

  • Cookery courses for beginners and those looking to teach others
  • Helping people grow food with others in their community
  • Tips and advice on reducing food waste at home
  • Setting up community composting sites across the city
  • Healthy eating advice and workshops
  • Advice on food poverty and support for food banks
  • Weight management programmes for adults and families

Health and mental health

Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service, Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service
Address: Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership, BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE
Counsellors telephone: 0300 303 1171
Tel: 0300 002 0060
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

For a course of treatment, clients need to be referred to the counsellor through their GP. However, the BME counsellor is happy to have an informal and confidential chat about options. You may wish to talk about yourself, or a friend, or a family member. Professionals may wish to find out more about the service too.

Brighton and Hove CBT: Sanctuary Project
Web: brightonandhovecbt.com/Sactuary.html
Tel: 07961 779010
Email: [email protected]

The Sanctuary Project is a dedicated trauma service hosted by Brighton and Hove CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), for refugees and asylum seekers in Sussex. It offers free specialist trauma counselling and psychotherapy to local people to help them come to terms with their relocation in the UK, after what can be very difficult experiences for themselves and their families in their countries of origin. Referrals are accepted from the NHS Counselling Services or from your GP. Contact the Sanctuary Project if you are unsure of how to do this or need more help

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Helpline 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.: 01273 234040
General enquiries: 01273 23404
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: healthwatchbrightonandhove

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is a local watchdog and consumer champion for health and social care. It can support you to influence the design, delivery and improvement of local health and social care services. It can also enable you to make informed choices about your health and wellbeing by assisting you when you have concerns or complaints about these services.

The Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS) can provide you with the support to make a complaint about your NHS care or treatment. Call IHCAS on 01273 229002 or email at [email protected] You can provide feedback on the services you use via the online PULSE service

Mind in Brighton and Hove
Address: 51 New England Street, Brighton BN1 4GQ
Web: www.mindcharity.co.uk
Tel: 01273 666950

Mind in Brighton and Hove is an independent charity, which offers free and confidential advice to anyone affected by mental health issues. The service can be accessed by telephone or by email. If you would prefer to talk in person, one-to-one meetings can also be booked at the Mind in Brighton and Hove office in New England Street. Mind in Brighton and Hove runs outreach advice sessions in Moulsecoombe and Whitehawk. Appointments are available for residents of East Brighton.

Mind also has an online Directory of mental health and wellbeing services to help individuals and professionals locate services and resources directly or indirectly promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing, including for refugees and asylum seekers. It includes NHS and other statutory, voluntary and non-profit making organisations who offer services. Focusing primarily on services and resources in Brighton and Hove, it also includes some national organisations, the directory can be found here.

NHS 111 service
Tel: 111

The NHS 111 service is for when you urgently need help or advice but it is not a life-threatening situation.

Samaritans
Web: www.samaritans.org
Free number open 24-hours a day: 116 123
Tel: 01273 772277

Saneline
Web: www.sane.org.uk
4.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. daily: 0300 304 7000

Specialist Health Visiting Team for BME and Traveller families
Address: Healthy Futures Team, Roundabout Childrens’ Centre, Whitehawk Rd, BN2 5FL
Tel: 01273 666484
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Health Visitors are qualified nurses with training in public health. In this team they visit families with insecure immigration status, asylum seekers and newly arrived refugees as well as Travellers. They assess children’s development and provide information on a range of health issues and local services for all family members.

Sussex Beacon
Address: 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton BN2 4DE
Web: www.sussexbeacon.org.uk
Tel: 01273 694222
Facebook: thesussexbeacon
Twitter: @sussexbeacon

The Sussex Beacon provides a range of specialist HIV treatment and support services.

Sussex Interpreting Services – Health Promotion Project
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk
Tel: 01273 234016
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: sis.interpreting.services
Twitter: @sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Services’ volunteer Linguists, reach out to isolated people and excluded communities to explain what services are available and how to access them. They support people to make appointments, understand correspondence, fill in simple forms and appreciate health information. They also act as a reference group for local planners to improve understanding of service users’ needs.

Sussex Mental Health Line
Tel: 0300 5000101

Open 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. on week nights, and on a 24 hours basis during weekends and bank holidays

Wellbeing Service
Web: www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org
Tel: 0300 002 0060
Email: [email protected]

Psychotherapeutic counselling is provided by the Wellbeing Service, a part of the local NHS primary mental healthcare service. The Wellbeing Service specialises in working with patients from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. It is an adults-only service and works with anyone (including refugees and asylum seekers) who doesn’t need hospitalisation or very intensive input with mental health issues at a primary level. The Service works with interpreters when necessary and can help refugees and asylum seekers struggling with the mental health impact of what their status has imposed on them, including issues such as self- esteem and trust. The Wellbeing Service offers six sessions to patients who are referred to them. There are 2 routes into the Wellbeing Service, via a GP and via a form that can be downloaded from the website. The Service has a limited capacity and present waiting list of approximately 4-6 months.

If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support: 0300 304 0078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week including bank holidays).

Housing

Apptivists Brighton
Web: homelessinbrighton.org.uk
Email: [email protected]

Apptivists have created an online directory of local resources. It includes local information on housing, food, social activities, health, mental health and abuse, substance misuse, benefits and debt advice to youth, elderly, refugees and migrants, women, men and the LGBTQ community.

Brighton Housing Trust
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.bht.org.uk
Tel: 01273 234737
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Housing Trust offers a range of specialist housing advice to those in need through its Brighton Advice Centre.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS)
Web: www.esfrs.org
Tel: 0800 1777069
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: eastsussexfireandrescue
Twitter: @EastSussexFRS

ESFRS provides free visits to your home to give advice and information about fire and home safety, and can fit free smoke alarms if needed.

Language services

An online list of all the current English provisions for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Brighton and Hove is available at the Brighton and Hove City Council Libraries website.

Sussex Interpreting Services
Web: www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk/booking.asp
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 01273 702005
Emergencies at any time of day or night.: 07811 459315
Email: [email protected]

Sussex Interpreting Services provides community interpreting. Their community interpreters work face to face to ensure access to services for people with language support needs.

Sussex Interpreting Services also provides translation services. Their community translators are experienced in translation of a wide range of written information and documentation, including: letters, reports, leaflets, newsletters, websites, medical records and passports, birth and marriage certificates.

There is a drop-in service at BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month offering free help, support and information in 16 languages. No appointment necessary.

Vandu Language Services
Address: 36 St Nicholas Lane, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2JZ
Web: www.vlslanguages.com
Tel: 01273 473986
Email: [email protected]

Vandu Language Services provide cost effective, culturally intelligent interpreting and translation services in Sussex.

The legal framework in England and Wales is heavily regulated and legal advice can only be provided under very strict conditions. The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 made it unlawful for anyone to provide unregulated immigration advice or immigration services. Immigration advice in the UK is regulated by the OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner). The type of advice that a qualified and registered adviser can give depends on their level of qualification. Click here for an explanation on the Gov.uk website.

For more complex immigration issues, an immigration solicitor or specialist caseworker is needed. You need to make sure that an immigration specialist is registered with OISC before you ask for their advice.

There are two ways of accessing immigration and asylum representation. Firstly, through private solicitors at regulated law firms. They will charge fees which can be discussed directly with your solicitor. The second is through the publicly funded legal aid scheme for asylum claims and some limited types of immigration cases. If you qualify to receive legal aid, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) is responsible for the payment of your fees. The amount the LSC is willing to pay may be limited; in some cases you may have to pay towards the cost. Qualifying for legal aid to meet the costs of immigration and asylum representation is dependent on your financial position and the nature of your claim. You can find out if you’re eligible in the following ways:

  • Citizens Advice website explains the financial conditions for getting civil legal aid.
  • Government website includes an online tool to check if you can get legal aid.
  • Civil Legal Advice helpline: call 0345 345 434.

In Brighton and Hove, the lack of immigration advice and representation has reached a critically low level. There are very few OISC accredited advisors, particularly at the higher level of OISC qualification. Where legal aid is still available for asylum applications, it can be difficult to secure representation. Currently, the only local legal aid representation and advice is supplied by Brighton Housing Trust, but it cannot take on all cases. At the time of writing, they were prioritising cases involving children and only a limited number of adult cases. However, this may change so please contact them if you have a claim that may be eligible for legal aid support. Please see its website here for further information.

Please note that services funded by legal aid provide a comparable quality to private services, so if you are entitled to legal aid representation you would be well-advised to try and secure it. Out of area, legal aid cases may be taken on by Barnes Harrild and Dyer, a solicitor firm based in Croydon (details below).

Anyone looking for information about organisations or people providing legal services in England and Wales that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can freely search the online Find a Solicitor service run by the Law Society; this can be found on the Law Society website.

This list will be updated with the details of any other local advisers in due course. The University of Sussex clinical law programme will be conducting research in spring 2018 on local asylum and immigration legal needs and services. Relevant information will be added, in due course, to the website of the Sussex University clinical law programme. If you would like to participate, either as a potential client or service provider, please contact [email protected]

Brighton Housing Trust’s Immigration Legal Service
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.bht.org.uk/services/brighton-advice-centre/#immigration-legal-service
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Housing Trusts Immigration Legal Service can offer legal advice and representation for those eligible to legal aid funding e.g. asylum cases, bail and some specific cases involving domestic violence or human trafficking. As the ILS team is small, they can only take on cases when they have capacity to do so (see entry above).

Citizens Advice Brighton and Hove
Web: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/brighton-hove/
Tel: 0300 3309033 (If you are calling on a landline from a mobile phone, you will be asked to enter a local landline number. If you enter 01273 123456 at this point, you will be put through if an advisor is available)

Citizens Advice Brighton and Hove provides free and confidential advice. They can give basic advice on immigration applications and help clients to complete standard forms. They run a drop in Monday-Thursday, 8.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. at Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1JA. They also run an email advice service. To access this go to: www.brightonhovecab.org.uk and complete the online web form. Information about when the Citizens Advice holds advice and telephone advice sessions can be found here.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
Address: The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles CourtBrighton Road, Crawley RH10 6AD
Web: www.gdwg.org.uk
Tel: 01293 657070
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Gatwick-Detainees-Welfare-Group
Twitter: @GatDetainees

The charity provides emotional and practical support through its volunteer visitors, to asylum seekers and immigration detainees held at Tinsley House and Brook House removal centres near Gatwick Airport.

Money Advice Plus
Address: Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove BN3 3BQ
Web: www.moneyadviceplus.org.uk
Tel: 01273 664000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Money-Advice-Plus-156960874327636
Twitter: @MoneyAdvicePlus

Money Advice Plus helps people who are experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs. They can give debt and benefit advice. In addition we have an adviser authorised by the OISC to give level 1 immigration advice, and can also help apply for documents such as naturalisation and travel documents. They run a drop-in session at the BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE every fortnight on a Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We accept no responsibility for, nor do we endorse the services offered by these firms.

Afshaan Hena, Barrister
Address: 10 Kings Bench Walk, Temple, London EC4Y 7EB
Web: 10kbw.co.uk/barrister/afshaan-hena/
Tel: 020 7353 7742
Mobile: 07551 969570
Email: [email protected]

Barnes, Harrild and Dyer
Address: West Croydon Office: , 76 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB, East Croydon Office, Fourth Floor, Park House, 22 Park Street, Croydon CR0 1YE
Tel: 020 8681 5128
Fax: 020 8686 9776
Kaweh Beheshtizadeh: 020 8253 0990
Email: [email protected]

Will accept inquiries relating to any area of immigration and asylum, and human rights issues. They can take on some cases which fall under the scope of legal aid, and also offer private services.

Healy’s LLP
Address: 8 and 9 Old Steine, Brighton BN1 1EJ
Tel: 01273 685 888
Fax: 01273 685 454
Ivon Sampson: 01273 669 131
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Will accept inquiries in all areas of immigration, asylum and EEA law. Can meet clients in Brighton office.

Irving and Co Solicitors
Address: Third Floor, Queensberry House, 106 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XF
Tel: 01273 862 209
Fax: 01273 862 428
Email: [email protected]

Irving and Co Solicitors represent clients in all areas of Immigration law, European law, Asylum law and Nationality law. They represent clients at all stages of the appeal process in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal and European court. They also specialise in Judicial Review applications to the High Court.

Irving and Co are no longer able to offer legal aid and costs are on a private basis.

James and Co
Address: Third Floor, Queensberry House, 106 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XF
Paul Ward, Tel: 01273 862552
Fax: 01273 371225
Raj Rayan: 01273 862553
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Will accept inquiries in all areas of immigration, asylum, including deportation and EEA issues. Contact Paul Ward

LGBTQ

MindOut
Web: www.mindout.org.uk

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people. Please do contact us with any enquiries about mental health, we can help you find the support you need. We provide advice & information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, an out of hours online chat service and a food project. We are based in Brighton, and we also work around the country to deliver LGBTQ Affirmative Practice training for Mental Health professionals and seek to influence national policy & practice.

Switchboard LGBT
Web: www.switchboard.org.uk
Tel: 0300 3300630

Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard was founded in 1975 and has been providing services to the LGBTQ community in Brighton and beyond ever since. Originally operating as a helpline, Switchboard has expanded over the years to include an older LGBT project, a Trans Survivors Switchboard, an LGBTQ disability group and the LGBTQ Health and Inclusion Project.

Money

Money Advice Plus
Address: Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove BN3 3BQ
Web: www.moneyadviceplus.org.uk
Tel: 01273 664000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Money-Advice-Plus-156960874327636
Twitter: @MoneyAdvicePlus

Money Advice Plus helps people who are experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs. They can give debt and benefit advice, and help to apply for documents such as naturalisation and travel documents. As part of their money handling services they are able to distribute money to people who are not entitled to benefits but the council has a duty to support.

They run a drop-in session at the BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE every fortnight on a Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Moneyworks Advice Line
Web: www.advicebrighton-hove.org.uk/services/moneyworks
Tel: 0800 988 7037

A partnership between a number of organisations supporting financial inclusion in the city including CAB, Money Advice Plus, St Luke’s Advice Centre, Brighton Unemployed Centre families Project, the Bridge, Possability People, Hangleton and Knoll Project and the Bridge. It provides free, independent advice to residents of Brighton and Hove on a whole range of money issues, including dealing with debt, maximising income and paying for fuel.

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Support for community groups

Community Works
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/members/advice-support
Tel: 01273 234023
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: bhcommunityworks
Twitter: @bh_cw

Resource Centre
Address: Prior House, 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton BN2 0GY
Web: www.resourcecentre.org.uk
Tel: 01273 606160
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: ResourceCentreBH

If your community wants to run its own activities, classes or gatherings, the Resource Centre can help with setting up and organising a community group. They can help you to raise funds, keep track of your money, plan events and produce publicity materials. They also have equipment to hire. Opening times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays.

Violence and abuse

Racial Harassment Forum – Brighton and Hove
Address: MECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE
Tel: 07523 610999
Email: [email protected]

The Racial Harassment Forum is an independent community-led organisation that works to combat and reduce racist and religiously motivated incidents, crimes and harassment in the City of Brighton and Hove. The Project Officer/Administrator, Monika Richards, works on Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rise
Web: www.riseuk.org.uk
Tel: 01273 622822
Facebook: riseuk
Twitter: @riseuk

Rise helps people affected by domestic violence and abuse. They offer practical solutions, shelter and support in Brighton and Hove, and other parts of Sussex. They run a drop-in every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hove Town Hall Customer Service Centre.

Survivors’ Network
Web: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Telephone Helpline: 01273 720110, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.
Helpline Text: 07717 999989
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: survivorsnet
Twitter: @SurvivorsnetBtn

Welfare

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project
Address: 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton BN2 0GY
Web: www.bucfp.org
Tel: 01273 671213
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project provides advice, welfare advice, practical support, food, educational and leisure activities, and an Ofsted registered free playroom, to those who are unemployed, on low wages, experiencing food or fuel poverty and to families suffering disadvantage.

CASE
Address: 4 Crestway Parade, Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BL
Web: www.case-central.co.uk
Tel: 01273 540717
Fax: 01273 5407 97
Email: [email protected]

The centre provides welfare rights advice and representation in Brighton and Hove. They offer low cost internet and free computer access, a baby loan equipment scheme, toy library, free bread, summer outings and Christmas events for families on a low income. They provide free calls to the benefit office, utility firms and solicitors. It is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Women

Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC)
Tel: 01273 698 036
Email: [email protected]

Brighton Women’s Centre works to empower women and children to improve their life chances and lead independent lives by reducing inequalities and promoting independence in a safe women-only space through integrated and holistic women specific services. All women are welcome, regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parenthood, race, belief and sexuality.

Services include the ToyBox Pre-School project, a peer group drop in, counselling and personal development mentoring, support to women with multiple vulnerabilities in all stages of the criminal justice system through its Inspire project as well as preventative work around domestic violence, social isolation and health

BWC operates and runs services from two different premises, one in Kemptown and one near St Peter’s Church. The Drop in and counselling services are available at 72 High Street, Brighton BN2 1RP. The ToyBox Pre-School and Inspire Projects are available at 22 Richmond Place, Brighton BN2 9NA

International Women’s Network
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

The International Women’s Network is a new initiative for women in the city. It brings together international women from all backgrounds and offers the opportunity for women to meet up and network, exchange and share ideas. The Network meets periodically to hold discussion forums on women’s issues. It hosts a range of friendly and inclusive activities including discussion forums and film shows with bring and share international dishes, or more formal education and training opportunities. Participation is voluntary, and activities are open to all women and are child friendly. To find out more, get involved or participate in the Network events contact Linda Beanlands.

Young people

Amaze
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Web: amazebrighton.org.uk
Tel: 01273 234020
Helpline: 01273 772289
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: AmazeBrighton

Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Amaze also supports young people with SEND up to 25. Most of its services are for families in Brighton and Hove. It also has a Helpline for parents, carers, children and young people seeking advice.

Barnardo’s
Address: Barnado’s South East Regional Office, Unit 1, Satellite Business Village, Fleming Way, Crawley RH10 9NE
Web: www.barnardos.org.uk
Tel: 01293 610660
Fax: 01293 565678

National children’s charity, Bernado’s, works to transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through its services, campaigning and research expertise. Barnado’s work with asylum seeking families including providing support through the asylum process, including by:

  • Running fostering services for children and young people who arrive on their own
  • Helping children get the health care and schooling they need in the UK
  • Supporting the parents to do the best they can for their children and offer them a place where they can meet each other
  • Offering practical support, with finding an interpreter, donations of clothes and food and advice on financial assistance

Barnardo’s Brighton and Hove Link Plus
Address: 55 Drove Road, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2PA
Web: www.barnardos.org.uk/brightonandhovelink
Tel: 01273 295179

Managed by the Barnado’s South East and Anglia regional branch, Brighton and Hove Link Plus works in partnership with the Council and other agencies to provide long term, short term and short break placements for disabled children in the Brighton and Hove area.

Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project (BMEYPP)
Address: Ground Floor, The Ironworks, 30 Cheapside, Brighton BN1 4GD
Web: www.bmeypp.org.uk
Tel: 07918 621424
Email: [email protected]

The Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project is a youth-led project for young people aged 11 to 25. They provide a safe space and opportunities for young people to access support, to learn new skills through informal educational, fun, social, sports and arts activities led by and for young people.

Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC)
Address: The Fitzherbert’s Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1JP
Web: www.brightontabletennisclub.co.uk
Tim Holtam, Founder Director, Brighton Table Tennis Club: 07985 141788
Email: [email protected]

The Brighton Table Tennis Club is a Charity working with people of all ages, especially young people, (including refugees), to improve health, celebrate diversity and to build a strong community. The Club has hundreds of players and over 100 Tables across the city. It helps people from many communities and all ages keep fit and well, brings them together offering mutual support and friendship. There are sessions for young people of all ages and backgrounds, those aged 50+, adults with learning disabilities, children in care, at more than 10 schools and colleges.

The BTTC ‘PingLish’ project offers migrants and refugees the opportunity to learn English whilst playing table tennis (also known as Ping Pong) supported by an experienced ESOL teacher and keen player.

Sessions are free and fun, particularly for people that have never played table tennis before. Players will be invited to join in with other activities at the UK’s first Club of Sanctuary, welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. Weekly 1:1 and small group sessions that are 90 minutes long are available. The current timetable is Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Childline
Web: www.childline.org.uk
Tel: 0800 111

If you suspect a young person might be feeling suicidal, you can call Childline for help and advice on 0800 111.

Front Door for Families
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/frontdoorforfamilies
Tel: 01273 290400
Out-of-hours Emergency Duty Service: 01273 335905 or 01273 335906
Email: [email protected]

Front Door for Families provides a single point of contact for services offering support, guidance and access to specialist targeted services for parents, carers, members of the public, young people and professionals. Professionals with different areas of expertise work together to assess, decide and coordinate how best to support children, young people and their families where there are concerns, including safeguarding concerns. Front Door for Families provides information, advice and support for families, young people and professionals in Brighton & Hove on issues such as:

  • Parenting guidance and information
  • How to support your child’s development so that are healthy and active
  • Getting your child ready for school
  • Best ways to support children and young people with mental health or wellbeing issues
  • Keeping your child safe from harm and abuse

Referrals to the Front Door for Families are via an online referral form on the Front Door for Families web page. There are separate referral forms for parents, carers and members of the public and another for use by professionals.

If you want to have a conversation about a child that you are worried about call Front Door for Families. If you need to speak to someone urgently outside of office hours call the Emergency Duty Service. If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger please call 999

A list and contact details of bi-lingual families groups currently available at children centres for parents/carers & their under-5s is available here. The Brighton and Hove City Council’s searchable database of information onChildren’s Centres is available here.

Opening times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Fridays

Global Social Club
Address: The Young People’s Centre, 69 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE
Web: www.hummingbirdproject.org.uk
Web: youngpeoplescentre.org.uk
Tel: 07756 216722
Tel: 01273 887886
Tel: 01273 230130
Elaine [email protected]
YPC [email protected]
Ben Glazebrook [email protected]

A new drop-in group called the Global Social and Homework Club is being hosted by the YPC (Young Peoples Centre), the Hummingbird Project, Pathways to Independence and Sanctuary on Sea. Operating from the YPC the drop-in takes place every Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The drop-in offers the whole of the YPC for young people to spend time on a computer, listen to music, cook or socialise with friends. Sessions are open to all young people and gives young refugees an opportunity to meet and make friends with other British children in a social environment. Specialist UASC support within the sessions is also available.

Innovation Labs
Web: www.innovationlabs.org.uk

Innovation Labs, a Brighton and Hove initiative, has created the following seven Apps and Websites to help young people improve their mental health:

  • Doc Ready. Helps young people feel more confident and get better results when they see their GP about a mental health issue
  • Find Get Give. Young people can find mental health support in their area and give feedback on it
  • Madly in Love. Relationship and mental health advice for young people and their partners
  • Mood Bug. An App which helps share feelings with close friends and lets them know when you are thinking about them
  • Well Informed. Children and young people’s workforce providing instant, accurate support on youth mental health
  • In Hand. Providing young people with tools, advice and activities when their mental health is at risk
  • Head Meds. Provides young people with information about mental health medication.

Local authority children’s services
Web: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/support-and-activities-young-people

Brighton and Hove City Council webpage of support and activities for young peopleThe Brighton and Hove City Council website has a webpage containing links to a wide variety of support and activities for young people.

Pathways to Independence UK
Address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE
Web: www.pathwaystoindependence.org.uk
Tel: 07702 516421
Email: [email protected]

Pathways to Independence provides an integrated package of services to asylum seeking young people aged 16 to 21, who are in the care of the local authority, from point of arrival in the UK to the transition to independence. Services include supported accommodation for 16-21 year olds, a package of support for newly arrived asylum seeking children aged 16-17, planning and return to work, accredited training for young people, floating and outreach support as well as training for foster carers and professionals. They also work with other young people leaving care.

Salaam FC – Football Club
Tel: 07405 78444156
Email: [email protected]

A Brighton based community run football club for boys and girls aged 10-16, with players from 10 different countries, many of whom are refugees. Set up by the Oromo community group the club was a response to the difficulty that young Oromo people had in joining clubs and making friends. It now provides a focus for the integration of young people (including refugees) from diverse communities in Brighton & Hove. It has 40 young people from 10 diverse communities that participate in the club and train at Hove Park and have a team in the local football league.

Starling Project
Tel: 07834 686838
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: thestarlingprojectsussex

The Starling Project provides a range of creative arts and therapeutic services for refugees and asylum seekers in the Brighton and Sussex areas. Art therapy can help with depression, anxiety, loss, anger, grief, working through traumatic experiences, increasing confidence, forming positive relationships and building support networks.

The project offers:

  • 1:1 art therapy for young people and adults, including small & supportive arts projects for groups, training & Consultation for local services and creative collaborations;
  • Arts projects for groups, which are time limited (lasting for around 10 sessions). Groups are usually closed and offer the chance to take part in a range of art materials and creative processes, such as film-making, animation, comic-making, painting & drawing, graffiti & art-making in the environment, textiles etc.
  • Projects take place depending on funding / contributions from partners. There is no cost to participants. Art therapists and artists are HCPC & BAAT registered with many years of experience in the NHS, community and private sectors.

Under the Bridge Studios
Address: 7 Trafalgar Arches, Brighton BN1 4FQ
Web: www.underthebridgemusic.org
Tel: 07799 564620
Email: [email protected]

A warm welcome awaits parents and their children at Under the Bridge Studios. All classes are open at no charge and run all year round. Located close to the Green Door Store just under Brighton Station, this community music centre has fully equipped rooms with drum kits guitar and bass amps for band practice. Piano practise rooms and a large community room where mums and dads bring their babies for a weekly session of songs stories and musical activities as well as making friends and having tea together. Times of various sessions are as follows:

  • Babies: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. and also Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m.
  • Older, Active and Walking Toddlers: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 am
  • After School Music Club 4-7 yrs: Mondays at 4 p.m.
  • Parents Choir (Tuesday night’s 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (All levels of singers welcome)
  • Youth Club for teenagers less interested in music: run by the Woodcraft Folk this takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.
  • Free Piano Lessons for children 6-16 years.

Where To Go For
Web: wheretogofor.co.uk/everything

Where To Go For is a support service database and online directory containing general information on services for young people aged 13 to 25 in Brighton and Hove. Created by The Right Here project and the YMCA, it enables young people to find the help they need in any area of their life and to browse through over 100 local services and find those that are close to them. Information and links include services for refugees and asylum seekers as well as those relating to drugs and alcohol, food, health, housing, learning, training, volunteering and employment, LGBTU, money and benefits, sexual health and violence and abuse.

Young People’s Centre
Address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE
Web: youngpeoplescentre.org.uk
Tel: 01273 887886
Email: [email protected]

The Young People’s Centre is a free space for young people, a safe haven to come and relax, and chat to people and volunteers. They hold drop-ins every, Monday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is a specific session for refugees and asylum seekers, called Brighthaven. It takes place fortnightly on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Youth Advisory Centre (YAC)
Address: 11 St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB
Web: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
Tel: 07387 090811
Email: [email protected]

The Refugee Council has a new local Children’s Adviser who works with unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) (under 18’s only). The following services are available:

  • Advice about the asylum process either to UASC or the different professionals
  • involved (OISC level 1 compliant)
  • Help to find immigration or welfare solicitors
  • Acting as appropriate adults at UASC’s meetings
  • Advice and support to age disputed young people

A once weekly drop in day takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Youth Advice Centre.

Referrals can be made directly to the Children’s Adviser.

Community organisations and groups

Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico)
Tel: 01273 234836
Email: [email protected]

Working within Brighton and Hove community to raise awareness of Rwanda past and present, and fundraising for activities in Rwanda

Salaam FC – Football Club
Tel: 07405 784156
Email: [email protected]

A Brighton based community run football club for boys and girls aged 10-16, with players from ten different countries, many of whom are refugees. The club was set up as a response to the difficulty that young Oromo people had in joining clubs and making friends. It now provides a focus on the integration of young people (including refugees) from diverse communities in Brighton and Hove. It has 40 young people from 10 diverse communities that participate in the club and train at Hove Park. They now have a team in the local football league.

Sierra Leone Sussex Association
Web: www.sierraleonesussexassociation.wordpress.com
Email: [email protected]

The mission of Sierra Leone Sussex Association (SLSA) is to unite all Sierra Leoneans by organising social, cultural, educational and recreational activities where ideas can be shared and exchanged to promote and increase understating of diversity and peaceful integration. SLSA is a non-political association, who strive to provide a social support network and encourage a greater collaboration in order to promote peace among Sierra Leonean communities.

Sudanese Community in Sussex
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Tel: 07943 141076

Promotes the benefit of the inhabitants and primarily the Sudanese inhabitants in Sussex. Advances the education of the said inhabitants.

Sudanese Women and Children
Tel: 07920422685
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Sudanese-Women-and-Children-Group-in-Brighton-894885527287445

Looks after the welfare of the children and promotes women’s and children’s cultural, social, economic and educational needs. It has an open monthly meeting for women to meet and discuss their problems

Sussex Kurdish Community (SKC)
Address: 92b Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3HZ
Web: www.kurdishcom.com
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: 241712002550886

The Sussex Kurdish Community (SKC) is a non-profit voluntary organisation that was established by a group of Kurdish residents in the Sussex region in 2010 in order to respond to the needs of Kurdish community in the area. The SKC organises activities and provides services to develop relations among the Kurdish community, to improve the social and cultural lives of Kurdish people and help them to deal with various issues.

Sussex Syrian Community Group
Email: [email protected]

Community group run by and for Syrian people living in Sussex. The Sussex Syrian Community Group runs English classes for adults and Arabic classes for childrent. They provide advice, information and support to Syrian people in Sussex. The Sussex Syrian Community Group also provides a Befriending Service, a Drop in Service every Monday at St Marys’ Magdalene, Summer Activities Club and a Women’s Support Group. Main contact: Nadine Strasman.

We are grateful to Wiz Bishop, Ben Campbell and Humeira Yaqub for their help with updating this Directory.