Organisations and Asylum Seekers

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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Aberdeen (i.e., Rows 2 - 8)

OVERVIEW

We gathered seven organizations that help asylum seekers in Aberdeen, Scotland. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, food, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 2-8 of the attached spreadsheet.    

AMC is an organization that supports communities without discrimination but its focus is on minority ethnic groups, refugee and seekers, and the disabled.


These organizations form alliances with other community organizations, faith groups and volunteer organizations in the city to administer assistance to new residents so that they may have a seamless transition into the society.


CFINE is a charitable organization that assists the community in various forms like: food and health activities, financial education, employability, energy and housing support. They are currently accepting donations to help vulnerable people across Scotland.


This is a church community that provides ongoing support to families who necessitate care and help to get settled. They carry this out by means of donations and by forming alliances with other groups having similar positive interests.


Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees is a community group that provides practical aid and support to refugees in the UK and abroad. They have a Facebook group to spread awareness. They also have a volunteer base that delivers aid and donations to camps.


This group has the vision to make Aberdeen into a recognized ‘City of Sanctuary’, welcoming people trying to escape the violence and oppression present in their countries. They continue to extend support to assist them with all their needs.



The Aberdeen FC Community Trust is an official partner charity of the AFC. They work in partnership with other charitable organizations to provide help to Aberdeenshire communities. They strive to improve education, health and equality, community development and social cohesion, all for the betterment of the society.

Conclusion

Information on each organization can be found in rows 2–8 of the attached spreadsheet.  
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Birmingham (i.e., Rows 9 - 15)

Birmingham UK organizations for refugees seeking asylum found were Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team (ASIRT), Birch Community Hosting Network, British Red Cross, Restore, Narthex Sparkhill, Brushstrokes, and Refugee Action.

Methodology

These organizations were selected from a list of asylums from Aston University. The UK Government registers immigration advisers and was also consulted during the selections of the organizations profiled in the attached spreadsheet.

Findings

There were three charity organizations, one non-profit affiliated with a church project, and two churches represented in the spreadsheet. Each organization is named, type of organization provided, website address, email, phone number, brief description, and source of information are detailed in the attached spreadsheet.


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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Liverpool (i.e., Rows 16 - 22)

We gathered seven organizations that help asylum seekers in Liverpool, UK. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, engagement activities, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 16 - 22 of the attached spreadsheet.

This charity provides asylum services in the form of a helpline that can offer advice on financial support, finding legal representation, and more.

Asylum Link is a drop-in center focused on assisting asylum seekers and refugees by providing food, advice, and more.

Refugee Action provides support and advice for refugees and asylum seekers on issues regarding the asylum process.
MRANG focuses on female asylum seekers and refugees, as well as, their children. They help through various projects such as the casework project.
Liverpool Asylum Seekers and Refugees Association (LARA) is a support group with monthly meetings to help asylum seekers and refugees.
MRSN offers advice and welfare support to refugees in order to make their lives easier in Liverpool.
The Open Arms Project provides a way for long-term residents, refugees and asylum seekers to get to know each other through a variety of engagement activities.

CONCLUSION
Information on each organization can be found in rows 16 - 22 of the attached spreadsheet.
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Wales (i.e., Rows 23 - 29)

Overview

There are many organizations that assist asylum seekers in Wales. These organizations have a range of different missions, and provide various services to asylum seekers. Please see rows 23-29 of the attached spreadsheet for more information about these organizations, including contact information, and a description of services offered by each

Some services provided by these organizations include helping asylum seekers to start their new lives in Wales, or to integrate into local communities. Some focus on particular groups, such as women, LGBT+, and BME asylum seekers. There is a national initiative that seeks to foster a climate of local hospitality for asylum seekers and a local group that seeks to give refugees platform and a voice. Other organizations help asylum seekers to overcome poverty or offer them individualized guidance by appointment.

Many organizations in Wales provide support and assistance to asylum seekers. Their varied services and missions attempt to improve the well-being of asylum seekers as they establish new lives in Wales. Please see the attached spreadsheet for further detail and comparison.

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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Manchester (i.e., Rows 30 - 36)

Following the request for information on organizations providing help/support to asylum seekers in Manchester, columns B-H, rows 30-36 of the attached spreadsheet have been updated with the relevant information including Organization name, type, website, email, phone number, description and sources.

Findings

There are 7 organizations in Manchester that provide support/help to asylum seekers. They are; Manchester Refugee Support Network based in Moss side — Manchester, Revive UK based in Beswick — Manchester, Boaz Trust based in Moss Lane East — Manchester, RAPAR based in Mount Street — Manchester, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) based in Cheetham Hill Rd — Manchester, Salford Refugee Forum based in Salford — Manchester, and Migrant Support based in Oldham Street — Manchester.

Of the seven organizations there are 2 community projects(Revive UK and Manchester Support Refugee Network), 2 support groups (Salford Refugee Forum and Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST)), 2 charities(Migrant Support and Boaz Trust) and 1 human rights organization(RAPAR), and they provide major services including Welfare support, housing support, employment support, immigration advice, asylum process support, access to health, access to education, signposting, awareness and campaigns.

Conclusion

The attached spreadsheet has been updated with relevant information as specified in the research criteria.

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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Belfast (i.e., Rows 37 - 43)

We were able to find seven organizations and charities that help asylum seekers in Belfast, Ireland. Some issues that the organizations help with include counseling on legal, financial, employment, or housing problems, legal representation in courts, and community engagement and discrimination. Below you will find a list of organizations that assist asylum seekers in Belfast. You can find contact information and other details regarding each organization in rows 37-43 of the attached spreadsheet.


The NICRAS claims to be the only Refugee Community Organization in Belfast, Ireland. They provide various support services to asylum seekers, such as mentoring, resources, and hosting community events and activities.
This organization provides various online resources and guides relating to applying for asylum in Northern Ireland. They also offer in-person support, advice counselors, and legal counsel.
This support group offers counseling, advice, and support related to the hardships that immigrants and asylum seekers face, such as hate crimes and discrimination.

This center offers support and advice related to the legal aspect of asylum and immigration. They cover all areas including the process of applying, legal rights, employment rights, and more.
This organization claims to be the largest citizens' charity in Northern Ireland. They offer support with all kinds of issues that asylum seekers face, such as financial hardship, housing, legal counsel, and more.
This group offers support to those seeking ssylum in Northern Ireland because of persecution in their home country due to their sexual orientation. They offer support, advice, community groups and activities, and important contacts to other organizations that can assist with various aspects of seeking asylum.


Embrace NI is a religious organization and charity that offers support and emergency funding to those seeking asylum in Northern Ireland. They also offer community events, as well as legal counsel and representation.

In conclusion, you can find contact information and details for each organization in rows 37-43 of this spreadsheet.

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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Southampton (i.e., Rows 44 - 50)

Seven organizations that help, support, or look after asylum seekers in Southampton are CLEAR City Life, City of Sanctuary Southampton, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group The Avenue Multicultural Centre, Citizens Advice Southampton, EU Welcome, and Student Action for Refugees. The details for each organization have been entered into rows 44-50 of the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

To find organizations in Southampton that help, support, or look after asylum seekers in Southampton, I used precompiled lists from Advice Southampton and Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board. I also scoured other charity listing sites like Wessex Refugee Resource and the Southampton Christian Network to ensure I did not miss any organizations. As the same seven organizations appeared on multiple lists, I feel confident that these are the only seven groups in Southampton working to support asylum seekers.

While there are seven organizations in Southampton that offer services to asylum seekers, most of them are partners with or run by CLEAR City Life. My research revealed that CLEAR City Life is the main organization for asylum seekers in Southampton and the other organizations and groups have formed as branches of CLEAR City Life to provide specific support services to refugees in the area. The exceptions are City of Sanctuary Southampton, Citizens Advice Southampton, and Student Action for Refugees, all of which are organizations not affiliated with CLEAR City Life.

Please note that during my research, I found an expired asylum project called Chances4Change Southampton, which was a two-year project that was focused "on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) migrant communities and asylum seekers." As this project ended in 2015, I did not list it on the spreadsheet; however, it might be a project that could be renewed at some point, so I wanted to mention it here.

Results

The seven organizations that help, support, or look after asylum seekers in Southampton are:

CLEAR provides advice to refugees and asylum seekers on a drop in basis. "They offer English classes and other types of adult learning, employment advice and volunteer opportunities to help refugees with immediate issues and help them acclimate."

City of Sanctuary Southampton is an organization of "professionals and volunteers who work together to make Southampton a warm and welcome place for refugees and asylum seekers." They work with local businesses agencies to help refugees and asylum seekers acclimate. They also attempt to make good publicity to fight off negativity towards the groups.

Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group
Southampton and Winchester visitor group is a charity of volunteers that provide "one-on-one support to local refugees and asylum seekers." They also help to raise small funds that can help them get some basic necessities as they are transitioning to their new life.

This is a joint effort amongst CLEAR, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group, the British Red Cross, and Avenue St Andrew’s United Reformed Church. The Centre "provides a weekly drop-in advice and support service to asylum seekers and refugees... It also offers a range of different activities (including music, knitting, IT, badminton and board games), refreshments and food bags to take away, in addition to opportunities for making and strengthening friendships. The Centre organizes a number of occasions to celebrate the many gifts that refugees and asylum seekers can bring to the city and the community at large with food, music, drama and dance. Upwards of 50 asylum seekers and refugees attend the Centre every week."

Citizens Advice Southampton provides "free, confidential, and independent advice to asylum seekers in Southampton. Asylum advice topics include preparing for an asylum interview, how to find new housing and benefits, and immigration assistance.

This organization is run in conjunction with CLEAR and "exists to provide help and support to migrants in the Southampton area from EU and other European countries."

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a University of Southampton student group that works to "to raise awareness about and improve the lives of refugees in the UK by doing the following: Volunteer[ing] at local refugee projects, Campaign[ing] to improve the lives of refugees, Educat[ing] people about refugees and asylum, and Fundrais[ing] to welcome refugees."

Conclusion

All organizations listed above are charities except Student Action for Refugees, which is a university student group. Contact information and a brief description of each organization have been provided in rows 44-50 of the attached spreadsheet.
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Newcastle (i.e., Rows 51 - 57)

We gathered seven organizations that help asylum seekers in Newcastle, UK. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, housing, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 51 - 57 of the attached spreadsheet.  

West End Refugee Service (WERS) provides support services for asylum seekers and refugees. Their services address exclusion and poverty affecting asylum seekers in Newcastle.
The North of England Refugee Service offers assistance to asylum seekers through a range of projects.
Action Foundation works closely with local and national organizations to support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants across Newcastle. They have three supported housing projects and an English language school.

Newcastle Law Centre provides free legal advice to asylum seekers.
Through advocacy, information, and advice, ACANE supports African refugees and asylum seekers living in the North East of England.
No Borders Northeast includes a group of individuals who are against borders and immigration controls. These individuals provide support to asylum seekers.
7. NACCOM
NACCOM aims to bring projects together that support destitute asylum seekers.
CONCLUSION
Information on each organization can be found in rows 51 - 57 of the attached spreadsheet.  

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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - Glasgow (i.e., Rows 58 - 64)

Overview

The methodology involved a search for organisations that help and/or support asylum seekers in Glasgow. This provided the names of the 7 organizations as listed in the spreadsheet.

To source the required information, some were listed on the official websites of each organization. Others that were not listed on the official website, their information had to be discovered through further research.

The required information for each of these organizations was input into the given spreadsheet.
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - London Part 1 (i.e., Rows 65 - 71)

Refugees and asylum seekers are very vulnerable in a new environment. Organizations are set up with the humanitarian intention of assisting these individuals to settle down, start their life afresh as well as access social benefits and other privileges.
The following is a list of seven prominent organizations that prominently assist refugees and asylum seekers in London. Details can be found in rows 65-71 of the attached spreadsheet.

1. Action for Refugees in Lewisham

AFRIL started in 2016, and as a charity it works with refugees and asylum seekers. Its programs are intended to relieve poverty and social isolation.

2. African Refugee Community

African Refugee Community (ARC) was established in 2007. It offers specialized services to French-speaking asylum seekers and refugees based in Barnet.

3. Afro Asian Advisory Service

The organization provides pro bono legal service to anyone regardless of nationality or ethnic origin. This is a voluntary global service accessible by anyone.

4. Angolan Community in London

Angolan Community in London as a charity offers advice, interpreting and translation services to African, BME, refugees and asylum seekers and local residents. It offers free services to asylum seekers.

5. Barnet Refugee Service

Barnet Refugee Service supports and works to improve the quality of life of refugees and asylum seekers living in Barnet, as well as areas around London Boroughs. It offers advice on health, benefits, housing, education and legal matters.

6. Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

CARAS supports refugees and asylum seekers in southwest London. Being a community outreach charity, CARAS supports diversity by challenging adversity.

7. Eritrean Community in UK

The Eritrean Community in UK (ECUK) supports excluded and disadvantaged groups of the Eritrean community in London. It was started in 1987 as a charity organization.

Conclusion

London plays host to individuals of diverse cultures, hence being in a support framework offered by local charities, non-governmental agencies, community forums and projects goes a long way in understanding and co-existing with others seamlessly.
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - London Part 2 (i.e., Rows 72 - 78)

We gathered seven organizations that help asylum seekers in London, UK. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, food, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 72 - 78 of the attached spreadsheet.    

The Refugee Support Network helps young refugees and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children by providing them with educational mentoring, advice, and social activities.
They offer advice, advocacy, crisis support, food and clothing to refugees and asylum seekers living in the London-Newham.
Run by Holy Cross Centre Trust, St. Pancras Refugee Centre helps refugees and asylum seekers to survive by providing advice, advocacy on welfare rights, housing, hot meals, social and emotional support.
Hackney Migrant Centre provides legal advice, practical support, immigration and welfare rights services to asylum seekers and refugees.
Women for Refugee Women stands for and empowers women and children seeking asylum in the UK in order for them to be treated with justice and dignity. They support several support groups like the London Refugee Women’s Forum.
Refugee Therapy Centre offers psychotherapy, counseling, and support to refugees and asylum seekers in their own languages.
LWP is a social center for refugees and asylum seekers in London to meet up, share experiences and engage in other social and leisure activities.
CONCLUSION
Information on each organization can be found in rows 72 - 78 of the attached spreadsheet.  
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - London Part 3 (i.e., Rows 79 - 85)

We gathered seven more organizations that help asylum seekers in London, UK. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, English classes, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 79 - 85 of the attached spreadsheet.    

Their aim is to improve the quality of life of refugees and asylum seekers in Barnet and surrounding London Boroughs by offering advice on health, housing, education and legal matters.
CARAS is a community outreach charity that supports refugees and asylum seekers in Southwest London through advocacy, teaching, and training.
HRSG offers practical support to young asylum seekers and refugees aged 16 – 21 years by providing advice, basic living equipment, food, clothing, leisure and social activities.
The Maya Centre is run by women and offers counseling and therapeutic services in various languages to deprived refugees and asylum seekers. They focus on multi-ethnic women alone.
5. Praxis
Praxis provides advice, support, training, mentoring, and amplifies the voices of refugees and asylum seekers in London.
RASC provides advice and support on welfare benefits and housing. They also offer English, IT and computer skills classes to refugees and asylum seekers.
Refugee Youth uses creative art and offers youth-led workshops to promote inclusion and development of marginalized young refugees aged 16 - 30 years.
CONCLUSION
Information on each organization can be found in rows 79 - 85 of the attached spreadsheet.  
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - London Part 4 (i.e., Rows 86 - 93)

We gathered eight more organizations that support asylum seekers in London, UK. These organizations provide support in the form of advice, training, and more. Details on each organization can be found in rows 86 - 93 of the attached spreadsheet.    
They work with other refugee and migrant organizations to defend the rights of and improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers living in Hammersmith & Fulham.
IMECE is a women-only charity that aims to empower and improve the quality of lives of refugee women especially those of Turkish and Kurdish heritage. Services provided include advice, counseling, volunteering, training, and development.
Jesuit Refugee Service provides support for vulnerable and destitute refugees and asylum seekers by providing food, clothing, and emergency travel money to attend legal and medical appointments.
Migrants Organise is a platform that promotes the rights of migrants and refugees through mentoring, volunteering, training, education and social activities.

Room to Heal is a healing community for refugees and asylum seekers who have survived torture and violence. They provide therapeutic support groups and individual therapy.

REAP empowers refugees and asylum seekers by providing a range of practical advice and support services for individuals and communities.
HHFRD provides support for the homeless, refugees, and asylum seekers. Their services include free Interpreting and translation, work placements, befriending & mentoring, training, and more.

This organization promotes better health and education for African refugees and asylum seekers through practical support, advocacy, guidance and training.
CONCLUSION
Information on each organization can be found in rows 86 - 93 of the attached spreadsheet.  
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Organisations and Asylum Seekers - London Part 5 (i.e., Rows 94 - 101)

Asylum Aid, Bail For Immigrants and Detainees, South London Solidarity Association, Child Poverty Action Group, Children & Families Across Borders, The Children’s Society, CARA (The Council for At Risk Academics), and Detention Action are organizations based in London that support asylum seekers. The last two are NGOs, with the rest of them operating as charities.

For each organization I have provided a contact phone number, email, description of what they do along with what type of organization they are within this spreadsheet between rows 94–101.
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