Asylum Welcome provides free, confidential information, help and guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire. This includes information on social, education, legal and health services provided by the various government bodies and other agencies, detention visiting schemes, English classes, advocacy programmes and support of those who are destitute.
International Care Network (ICN)
Tel: +44 (0)1202 589 395
Fax: +44 (0)1202 317 569
ICN helps by giving advice and support on immigration, employment and in finding accommodation. In addition, they offer English classes for those who are not able to access mainstream education. A particular recent focus has been supporting women and children through home visits and homework clubs. Their services to both children and adults are delivered through professional staff and in partnership with other agencies, and where appropriate with the help of carefully selected volunteers. Since 2004 ICN has been providing immigration advice for members of the refugee and asylum seeking community. They deal with cases up to OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) level 3. They make referrals and support the work of solicitors when a case is above this level. We normally make a modest charge for assisting with immigration applications, but are able to discount or remit fees completely where there is need.
Refugee Arrivals Project (RAP)
Kent Refugee Help
P.O. Box 192, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1WA
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773 or +44 (0)1 22 75 73 069
Email: infokentrefugeehelp [dot] org [dot] ukContact person: Kate Adams
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773
Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley. They are a user-led organisation working with detainees to help them obtain their liberty. The detainees’ ideas, experiences and active involvement with our organisation inform our outreach work. They offer individual casework helping detainees find sureties for immigration bail, access legal advice and representation and obtain medical reports to strengthen or re-start asylum claims. Their support continues after release, if requested, as former detainees face many barriers to integration due to isolation, poverty and insecure immigration status.