CARAS (Community Action For Refugees And Asylum Seekers)

CARAS (Community Action For Refugees And Asylum Seekers)

Charity information

CARAS (Community Action For Refugees And Asylum Seekers)

CARAS supports refugees and asylum seekers in south London to integrate and lead independent lives. Last year our more than 120 active volunteers supported 300 people, primarily women and unaccompanied children, through English classes, ‘Problem? No problem! ’ one-to-one support, youth groups, women’s group, life skills, and study support.

Founded 2002

  • Mission statement

    The lucky few refugees and asylum seekers that do reach England must face a new challenge: starting their lives from scratch, often alone, and without access to education, employment or leisure. Without your home, without your friends and without your community, what would you do when faced with illness, an eviction notice, or no money in your wallet?

    These are difficulties faced by many young people and families fleeing war and persecution as they struggle to become part of the community here in South London. The attention and support they require is unique to each person, and the process requires time. But in the midst of a refugee crisis, your identity can get lost behind a label.

    CARAS has over ten years’ experience, in partnership with volunteers and refugees, in creating a safe space for those who need it. We work holistically with young people and families to ensure they access the support that is best for them, ranging from advocacy to education to skills development. Our community of staff, volunteers, refugees and asylum seekers work together with an ongoing commitment to finding creative, practical ways to enable each individual to achieve their potential. Our support is there for as long as people need it and reaches beyond our south London borders if any of our community move away.

  • Aims

    CARAS (Community Action For Refugees And Asylum Seekers) aims to:

    • To provide high quality information and support services, tailored to the specific needs of refugees and asylum seekers, to ensure people understand and can access their rights and entitlements.
    • To offer a range of learning opportunities and environments which build people’s confidence, knowledge, skills and personal autonomy.
    • To provide spaces, activities and opportunities that facilitate the development of supportive relationships, communities and networks, and contribute to improved wellbeing.
    • To participate in networks and initiatives which aim to make policy, practice and attitudes more refugee friendly.
  • Overview

    Established: January 2002

    Registered Charity Number: 1124376

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 120

    Phone number: 020 8767 5378

    Address: 25 Blakenham Road SW17 8NE

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