Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Local Support Agencies

List of Local Support Agencies

Current opening times vary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check the websites provided for more information.

AFIUK

Supports migrant families, women, and young people with a youth club, women's club, and a number of different activities.

Aspire

Supports individuals to move forward in employment, education, work experience, and training.

Asylum Welcome

Offers a wide range of services supporting asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants who are vulnerable or in need of humanitarian protection. These services include information, advice, practical support, and advocacy through adult and family services which include the Asylum and Immigration Group, Youth Service, Education and Employment, Refugee Communities Organisation Support, Huntercombe Project, Europa Welcome, Foodbank, and Bikes Project.

British Red Cross - Family Tracing Service

The Family Tracing Service at the British Red Cross is available for people who haven’t been able to contact their family. To use the service individuals must be, firstly, living in the UK and, secondly, separated from their family by war, natural disaster, or migration.  The service may be able to help in other circumstances where there is a humanitarian need. For example, if you have suddenly lost contact with a relative in the UK or abroad. There are free contact cards in multiple languages and other useful info regarding COVID-19 on the website. To contact the service please call 01908 578335/ 07885 969270 or email IFTThamesValley@redcross.org.uk and ask for Zhwan Omer, Service Coordinator in Oxford.

Citizens Advice

Offers free information and advice to support people with money, legal, consumer, and other problems.

Crisis Skylight Oxford

Offers support for those that are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. They also provide sessions and advice via Renting Ready. This is a flexible package to help members to prepare to rent somewhere of their own. It includes understanding types of housing, contracts, rights, responsibilities and more. Some Work Ready sessions are also available if members need to get a job before they can find stable housing.

Refugee Resource

Provides therapeutic services for refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. To aim to help them heal from their experiences of trauma and build new lives, as well as providing specialist support to other agencies.

Refugee Education UK

Refugee Education UK offers tailor-made educational mentoring opportunities to young refugees and asylum seekers across Oxford, London, Birmingham and the East of England. It recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to provide weekly 1:1 mentoring to young people with a forced migration background who need extra help with their education.

Sanctuary Hosting

Helps refugees and vulnerable migrants to find options for independent living across the Thames Valley. Matches destitute asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants to people in the community with spare rooms and open hearts to stay rent-free for an agreed period of time.

If you would like your services advertised on this webpage, please contact wside@oxford.gov.uk.

Support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and Young People

Services for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and Young people are provided by Oxfordshire County Council.

Key2 - Orientation Programme

The Orientation Programme at Key2 is a four-week English language and integration programme for newly arrived Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Oxfordshire. It is a rolling programme that helps the UASC transition to school or college. The Orientation Programme provides daily English classes as well as induction and information sessions which cover a practical introduction to the local area as well as providing vital information on living in the UK safely. For more information please contact anna.chamcham@key2.org.uk.