Resources

Across the UK, the Government has contracted with Migrant Help, under the name of Asylum Help, to deliver advice services to asylum seekers as they wait for decisions on their claims. There is no Asylum Help office in the east of England, although staff formerly employed by the Refugee Council in the east of England deliver an outreach service to vulnerable clients who are housed in the region. Please follow this link for details of the services provided by Asylum Help: http://asylumhelpuk.org/

Please follow this link to access the contact list for Asylum Help staff in the East of England, London and South East: EoE - London - SE Contact List - July 2014.xlsx

In the East of England, there are a number of agencies which work directly with Asylum Seekers and Refugees - see also the page on refugee resettlement for casework teams for that programme:

Bedford
Bedfordshire Refugee & Asylum Seekers Support - http://www.brassbedford.org.uk/
Yarls Wood Befrienders - http://www.ywbefrienders.org/

Cambridge
Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum - http://www.cecf.co.uk/joomla2/index.php/advice-and-support

Ipswich

Suffolk Refugee Support - http://www.suffolkrefugee.org.uk/ 

Luton
British Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Our-services-for-refugees 232 Dunstable Road, LU4 8JL t: 0844 412 2772

Refugee Council Children's Panel - Refugee Children's Panel Voluntary Resource Centre, 15 New Bedford Road LU1 1SA t: 0207 346 1136

Norwich
British Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Our-services-for-refugees 11 Prince of Wales Road NR1 1BD t: 01603 623041

The Bridge Plus - http://www.bridgeplus.org.uk/ 

Peterborough
British Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Our-services-for-refugees Crescent House 1st Floor, 46 Priestgate PE1 1LF

Legal Aid Immigration Advice

Legal Aid Immigration Advice is almost only available to asylum seekers.

In the east of England, there are multiple Legal Aid contractors in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire as follows:Abbott Solicitors, Davjunnel Solicitors, JL Solicitors, Kesar & Co Solicitors, Luton Law Centre, Rodman Pearce Solicitors Ltd and Solomon Solicitors.

In Essex there is Fisher Jones Greenwood in Colchester and Chelmsford - http://www.fjg.co.uk/

Solomon Solicitors in Bedfordshire is also providing a monthly outreach service to Ipswich via Suffolk Refugee Support and to Norwich via the Red Cross. Rodman Pearce is providing an outreach service via the Red Cross in Peterborough.

Regional ESOL mapping and resources for resettlement programmes - 2017

Download the latest report here.

Please follow this link to access a range of ESOL apps for refugees to use on their smart phones and support their language learning at home:

Technology list.docx

Integration Up North - Guidance Booklets

This series of 11 booklets provide an introduction to migration in the UK, on a theme by theme basis and should be useful for those working with migrant communities in the public sector. Please follow this link to access the booklets: Integration Up North booklets