Advice, Health and Therapeutic Services:
Children and Families Service:
The Children and Families project offers one to one support for refugee and asylum seeking families as they arrive in Bradford.
Working English: The Working English Project works with refugees and other eligible migrants to increase their employability and understanding of the UK work environment. Refugees improve their skills through a combination of one to one support, English language support, mentoring, job search skills, help with cv writing and job applications.
Transitions: The Transitions projects works with asylum seekers and refugees in Kirklees and Calderdale and includes Fresh Claims work, support with certain applications for refugees, therapeutic support and training.
English classes: There are different classes which run for different groups at Refugee Action. Please get in touch for more information.
Volunteering: There are several volunteering opportunities across the services. Please get in touch for more information.
How to contact
We will only be able to see a set number of people at the drop-ins each week depending on the number of staff and volunteers available so come early to avoid disappointment. At all other times, we see clients by appointment/ referral only.
RAY works with and for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in and around York. RAY’s work includes:
Our drop-in on Sundays is accessible to wheelchair users.
Various. We use LanguageLine if appropriate.
The Refugee Council is a charity in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. It also speaks up for refugees using it's direct work as an evidence base, and ensures refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them.
The Children’s Section
The Refugee Council works to safeguard and improve the lives of separated children in England. It's Children’s Section works directly with separated children, as well as giving advice to those involved in their support.
As part of the Children’s Section, age disputes advisers support separated children whose age is disputed by the Home Office or local authorities.
Refugee Council Children’s Panel Advice Service advisers work directly with separated children seeking asylum, helping them through the asylum system and ensuring that they are protected. It also offers advice and information to carers and other professionals working with children and young people. It also has a number of offices and 'surgeries' in operation around England.
For details of how to contact the Children’ Section nationally and for contact details for the Yorkshire and Humberside office, go to: Children’s Advice Project
The Refugee Council works with the refugees after their arrival in the UK in order to assist their integration into their local community. Ultimately our task is to assist the refugees to become self-sufficient and able to live independently within 12 months - working, studying and participating in local life.
For more information, see the resettlement programme section on the Refugee Council website.
Health Access for Refugees Project (HARP)
The Health Access for Refugees Project – HARP is a project currently located within the umbrella of the Refugee Council; the project receives some funding support from the Department of Health.
The HARP operates in six locations across the region including Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Wakefield. The project works closely with local groups and other voluntary and statutory sector agencies that support asylum seekers and refugees by adding value to their delivery and working in partnership.
The objectives of the project are as follows:
The objectives are delivered through a variety of means including advocacy and befriending, recruiting, training and development for clients, health and well being activities in addition to educational awareness raising sessions relating to access to health services for asylum seekers and refugees. Furthermore, the project has also added a very successful self management project which has been commenced to work with HARP volunteers, this aspect of the project aims to be rolled out across the six areas in the very near future.
For more information in relation to the HARP Project please contact the HARP project coordinator: Radmilla Fortune West - Health Access for Refugees Program.
E-mail address: Radmila.FortuneWest@RefugeeCouncil.org.uk
RETAS Leeds offers information, advice and guidance on education, training and employment for refugees and asylum seekers. We have an appointments-based advice service in our centre on Roundhay Road.
Our key services are:
ESOL/ IELTS provision at all levels
Drop-in services are available in Leeds, and other areas can be considered. Please telephone RETAS Leeds to find out about these.