Organisations that can help:
Who they help: Asylum seekers and Refugees (single adults, families and unaccompanied children). Welcome Centre with community information, maps of Oxford, leaflets, people who can answer questions and help you make appointments, a place where you can pick up letters addressed to you if you do not have a regular place to live.
Advice on the immigration process. There also provide advice for young people. There is also a women’s group where you can make friends, and a men’s group.
Where they are: Asylum Welcome, Unit 7, Newtec Place, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE, UK.
Who they help: Refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – mainly in Oxfordshire – by providing psychological, social and practical support. They provide the following services:
Specialised counselling and psychotherapy (with interpreters when necessary); Mentoring; A weekly Women’s Group; Services for men; Advice and advocacy. They also work with Citizens Advice Bureau to help you get advice. They also work with Immigration solicitors to ensure your needs are met.
Where they are: Old Music Hall, 106–108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE (Entrance at 54 Marston Street)
- Case work support to find routes out of destitution
- Facilitate access to other services such as:
- Legal services
- Health services
- Training and employment
- Advocacy: Provide advocacy on issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees through national and regional forums and on an individual basis.
- Destitution relief: short term emergency cash support.
- Provision of food and goods e.g. clothes: they have the ability to make these provisions available directly or by signposting to other agencies.
- Family Reunion Support and Travel Assistance: In some cases, they can help pay travel costs for refugees whose families live overseas and have been granted a visa to come to the UK.
- International Family Tracing Services: For individuals in the UK who wish to trace their family in Europe and elsewhere, please refer to British Red Cross local International Family Tracing. There is also an online tracing service forthose wishing to trace family on the move in Europe.
- Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC): They can also provide IFT information and awareness sessions and First Aid awareness for emergencies to new UASCs as part of an induction package.
- Also see adult first aid education
Citizens Advice Oxfordshire
The Citizens Advice Bureau is charity with centres in Oxford, Wheatley, Kidlington, Abingdon, Didcot, and Witney. (See locations.) They are places where you can go to get advice about benefits, work, debt, relationships, housing, your legal rights, discrimination, paying tax, and other things. You have to book an appointment.
- housing and benefits
- Human trafficking
- Social events
- Befriending services
Help for refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon.