What We Do
We offer free, independent and confidential advice and information on immigration (OISC level 3), welfare benefits, debt, health, homelessness, housing and education in Lewisham and neighbouring boroughs.
We provide counselling and therapeutic support to refugee and asylum seeking women who are survivors of trauma, often gender-based. This includes trafficking, domestic violence, rape, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and others. Our approach is holistic, looking at the development of the women, and their children, both emotionally and in their day to day practical life.
Our health project which has been running for many years, aims to increase access to health services and healthy living activities and identify barriers to access to healthy living and health services. We raise awareness on prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and many more.
Because We Care is a new project helping young refugee and migrant carers improve their academic performance and enjoy their youth. We do this through Homework Club and organising sports and leisure activities.
We provide emergency food, clothes and cash to clients who have no recourse to public funds.
In addition, we run weekly IT, ESOL, sewing and knitting classes.
We are the leading refugee organisation in Lewisham funded and supported by Lewisham Council for many years now.
Though based in Lewisham, many of our projects are London –wide and allow us to serve clients outside of the borough. Project 17 and Latin American Women’s Rights Services hold their outreach service in our office. We are also a member of various networks which include; Advice Lewisham, Immigration Advice Partnership, BAN Network, Greenwich Community Advice Network (GCAN) and London Mayor’s Migrant and Refugee Advisory Panel (MRAP).