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Refugee Council

Refugee Council

Charity information

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is the leading charity working with refugees across the UK and we rely on donations to run our lifesaving and life changing services for refugees. In partnership with Refugee Community Organisations and other community groups, we meet the needs of people who have no one else to turn to. Throughout the UK, some refugees are so close to the edge that they are being forced to live in the most desperate, degrading of circumstances.
While our Specialist Team and our Children’s Panel work with vulnerable women and unaccompanied children, the Refugee Council as an organisation addresses other aspects of refugee life in the UK through our welfare advice, community development, policy work and campaigning activities. As a human rights charity, independent from government, we respond to the negative effects of the UK asylum process on refugees. We improve the system so that people seeking protection in the UK are treated with respect and understanding, and are given the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as other members of our society.

Founded 1981

  • Mission statement

    People who have survived war and persecution have lost everything and refugees need emotional support and practical help to build a new life, especially when they meet suspicion and hostility in the UK.

    The Refugee Council is one of 5 charities commissioned by the Home Office to provide independent services to newly arrived refugees. However, we rely entirely on voluntary donations to run our Day Centre, to promote community cohesion, and to lobby Parliament against harmful laws which are causing destitution. Throughout the UK many refugees are so close to the edge because they are being forced, by government policy, to live in the most desperate and degrading circumstances. We also rely on donations to deliver services through our Therapeutic Casework Unit, and our Children’s Section, to vulnerable groups whose complex needs are not met by mainstream health and social services.

    The Refugee Council wants to see a world in which men, women and children who are forced to flee from their homes can find the protection they need, rebuild their lives in safety and dignity, and achieve their full potential.

    As a human rights charity, independent of government, we work to ensure that refugees are given the protection they need, that they are treated with respect and understanding, and that they have the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as other members of our society.

    We achieve this mission by:

    ■ supporting refugees and working with them as they build a new life
    ■ speaking up for refugees and ensuring that refugees themselves have a strong voice in all areas of UK life
    ■ building links with people from across our society to increase mutual understanding of refugees
    ■ making the case for a fair and just asylum system
    ■ taking a leading role in helping to build up a vibrant, sustainable and successful refugee sector in the UK and internationally

    The Refugee Council has regional hubs in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Ipswich with smaller offices and outreach projects across the country. We employ 350 staff, supported by more than 300 volunteers.

  • Overview

    Established: 1981

    Registered Charity Number: 1014576

    Phone number: 020 7346 1207

    Address: 240-250 Ferndale Road London SW9 8BB

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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