Organisation details - Refugee Council [Yorkshire and Humber Office]

Refugee Council [Yorkshire and Humber Office]

Address City Centre One Stop Centre, 2nd Floor, 2 Great George Street, , , , Leeds, LS2 8BA

Website Refugee Council [external website]






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.

Yorkshire and Humber Office

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

Resettlement programme

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:

  • To build better support pathways for people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to access appropriate health services
  • To advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers through advice and advocacy drop in sessions
  • To develop peer mentoring skills for staff and volunteers
  • To improve health care practitioners’ understanding of refugees and asylum seekers health needs through Refugee awareness training
  • To influence policy to achieve better health outcomes for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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.

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We cover the following areas Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, London, Croydon, Luton, Kent, Birmingham

Organisation type
voluntary sector or charity

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