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Women for Refugee Women supports refugee and asylum-seeking women, including trans-women, to rebuild their lives.

We support refugee and asylum-seeking women in London through a range of creative and educational activities such as, English classes, yoga, radical knitting, arts and crafts, and much more! Our Rainbow Sisters solidarity group for LGBTQ+ women and non-binary individuals provides a vital safe and welcoming space for women to celebrate their sexuality.

Join our network

Join our network, or refer someone to join our network.

Email Dina on call on +44 (0) 7852 765193

Join Rainbow Sisters

Join Rainbow Sisters, or refer someone to join.

Email Nikki or call on +44 (0) 7918 276793

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Refuge and/or domestic violence support

Refuge

Specialist domestic abuse charity supporting survivors with emergency accommodation (refuge), legal support and much more.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0808 2000 247

Find out more about Refuge

Refuge

Immigration advice and/or a lawyer

Legal Aid

Depending on your financial situation and your case, you may qualify for legal aid, meaning you could get free legal advice or support towards paying for it. Legal aid is available for:

  • asylum applications;
  • applications for immigration bail;
  • applications for leave to remain by survivors of trafficking;
  • leave to remain for survivors of domestic violence;
  • cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission;
  • applications for asylum support (housing and/or financial support).

More information on Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Search for an immigration lawyer

Lawyers

General immigration/asylum advice

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

Call their Advice Line between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This is a free and confidential service.

Advice line
+44 (0)20 7553 7470

info@jcwi.org.uk

JCWI

Rights of Women

Legal charity assisting women to access their legal rights.

Call their Advice Line:
Mondays 10 – 12pm and 2 – 4pm
Thursdays 10 – 12pm and 2 – 4pm

Advice line
+44 (0)20 7490 7689

Rights of Women

Rainbow Migration

Charity supporting LGBTQIA+ people through the asylum system. They provide free advice to people seeking asylum.

Fill out their online form to request advice.


Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

BID support people seeking asylum (and other migrants) to secure their release from immigration detention. They can support with bail applications.

Call the Advice Line:
Monday – Thursdays, 10am – 12pm

Advice line:
+4420 7456 9750

casework@biduk.org

BID

Praxis

Charity providing free immigration advice.

Call the Advice Line:
Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm
Thursdays 10am – 12:30pm

Advice lines:
+44 (0)20 7749 7608
+44 (0)20 7749 7605

Praxis

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Charity providing immigration advice to people seeking asylum or with their refugee status.

Call the Advice Line:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Call for Housing Advice:
Wednesdays 10:30am – 1:30pm

Advice line:
+44 (0)207 440 2669

Housing advice:
+44 (0)207 440 2669

NDRC

Mental health support

If you, or someone you’re supporting, is at immediate risk or experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact 999 immediately or the Samaritans 24/7 helpline on 116 123.

Your GP (doctor)

Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery to access NHS services. It is free to register, and you do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID, or an NHS number.


Samaritans

Nationwide charity providing mental health support.

Call the 24/7 free helpline
Email Samaritans (may take a few days to receive a reply)

24/7 Free Helpline
116 123

jo@samaritans.org

Samaritans

Mind

Local Minds provide mental health services in local communities across England and Wales.

Support for mothers and babies

Little Village

Individuals must be referred to Little Village by a professional. Little Village provides equipment, clothes and toys to families with children aged 5 and under.

Visit their website for information about their services and how to refer an individual.


Happy Baby Community

Provides a friendly and caring community for women and their babies through English lessons, emotional and welfare support, education and support, and support around birth and infant feeding.