Asylum Seekers and Refugees

  • Asylum Aid

    Advice and assistance to refugees on their applications for asylum in the UK, conducting appeals against refusal or asylum, providing advice on related areas such as welfare rights and housing.

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  • Asylum Support Appeals project (ASAP)

    Access to free competent legal advice and representation concerning asylum support appeals at the Asylum Support Tribunal against decisions by the UK Border Agency decisions to stop or refuse support.

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  • BandBazi

    Started in 2006, BandBazi provides support for young people aged 11-25, with a focus on young refugees and asylum seekers. Award-winning Brighton-based multicultural performing arts company and charity that gives a voice to disenfranchised groups, and challenges stereotypes through its productions, education workshops and community projects. Provides workshops for community and school groups in trapeze, circus skills, drama and creative writing.

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  • BHT Brighton Advice Centre

    BHT Brighton Advice Centre offers information and legal representation on housing, accommodation and immigration issues to people who are eligible for Legal Aid. (You can find contact the Advice Centre to find out if you are eligible, or use the online eligibility calculator here:

    They offer four services:
    Specialist Housing Advice

    This service provides advice on housing problems that meet certain criteria. You can find out more about this on the website. Specialist housing e-mail:

    Court Duty Scheme

    The Court Duty Scheme offers last-minute emergency advice for people facing eviction who have a court hearing

    Webcam Advice Service

    This service offers specialist advice on housing and benefits issues over the internet, for example by using Skype (a webcam program).

    The Immigration Legal Service

    The ILS provides advice and representation on some matters relating to immigration (eligibility criteria apply). You can find more details on the website.

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  • Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership

    BME offers a wide range of services for Black and Minority Ethnic groups. Current projects and services include:

    Elders Activities

    This is a project for Elders 50+ who often find themselves isolated . The group aims to give these elders the opportunity to meet regularly with other elders in a safe and welcoming environment. Activities include:

    • Luncheon Club
    • Exercise Classes
    • Games
    • Outings to local places of interest
    • Annual celebratory Events

    They are also able to sign post you on to appropriate services and offer information on these other services.

    For more information please click here


    This project is aimed to help refugees and Asylum seekers to provide them with improved access to services.

    More information about the project can be found here

    Diverse Community Groups

    BMECP works with diverse BME community groups supporting them in various ways including the following:

    • Assisting with identification of needs
    • Assisting with identification of appropriate funding
    • Supporting groups to write funding bids
    • Supporting groups in managing their funds
    • Supporting groups to prepare reports for funders
    • Providing appropriate training e.g. fundraising, governance, food and hygiene etc…

    BMECP also signposts groups to other local training and services.

    For more information please click here

    Representing BME Issues

    BMECP represents the interests of BME communities and groups at various local, regional and national forums and consultations.

    BMECP is keen to ensure that BME issues are represented at every level. It is envisaged that key individuals from community groups are trained to represent their communities on various local initiatives and information will be sent out later in the year.

    For more information please click here 

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  • Brighton Voices in Exile

    Brighton Voices in Exile provide Advice, advocacy and support for people who are seeking asylum, refugees and those with no recourse to public funds. Advice on legal matters, accommodation, health, education and employment. Food, clothes, toiletries and assistance for those who are destitute.

    Events include a weekly drop-in clinic providing free immigration and integration advice, cookery group and destitution service.

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  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre

    Coram Children’s Legal Centre offers free legal information, advice, and representation to children and young people, as well as to their families, carers and professionals. On their website they provide free factsheets and how-to guides on child, family and education law. They have also recently launched a new website called LawStuff, which provides free information for children and young people about their legal rights.

    They also operate three advice lines: education law queries, family and child law queries, and the Migrant Children’s Project legal advice line, for any  issues relating to migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children and young people.

    Please read through factsheets first and only use the helplines if you cannot find the information you require, as they receive a lot of phonecalls and cannot answer them all.


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  • Creative Future

    Creative Future aims to inspire aspiration and artistic excellence amongst marginalised artists and writers. They aim to increase their confidence, enabling them to re-engage in the community by offering publishing and exhibiting opportunities to ‘get their work out there’; challenging their own and other people’s perception of their potential. They are a bridge from the margins to the mainstream.

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  • Freedom From Torture

    Supports adults , children and young people who have survived torture and organised violence including therapy, group work and the writing of medical reports to back up asylum claims

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  • Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

    To visit and befriend asylum seekers and immigration detainees detained at Tinsley House, Brook House and Cedars Detention Centres  at Gatwick.

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