Other useful organisations for people in Southampton who are seeking asylum or are refugees

This list was compiled in summer 2020. Send corrections or additions to william.brook-hart@swvg-refugees.org.uk. Contact addresses etc. are not included because these may change. They can usually be found on the organisation’s website.

1.      Applying for asylum and leave to remain
UK Government: Home Office See www.gov.uk “Claim asylum” web pages.
Migrant Help Advice, helpline, Clear Voice interpreting service, video guides with subtitles in various languages.
Right to Remain Information and very useful “toolbox” on website.
British Red Cross Help and support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.

Help to find and reunite family in the UK.

Medical Justice Independent medical advice and assessment, and medico-legal reports to support asylum claims, for immigration detainees.
Advice – Lawyers
Leonards solicitors Southampton solicitors who advise people seeking asylum.
Jo Renshaw SWVG’s legal advisor.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre Experts in all areas of children’s rights, immigration, child protection, education and juvenile justice, CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation.
Citizens Advice Immigration advice on website, and may provide some legal and other advice face to face. Has a Level 2 immigration adviser.
CLEAR Project, Southampton CLEAR offers advice, information and guidance for refugees and asylum seekers.  See CLEAR website Advice page.
SARC – Southampton Advice and Representation Centre Ltd Charity provides advice on welfare benefits, employment law and discrimination issues.
MPs & City councillors List and contact details on Southampton City Council website.
Support, advice and counselling
Freedom from Torture We help people recover from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other problems caused by torture.
The Lighthouse The Lighthouse offers a safe haven for people in mental health crisis. It is staffed by mental health nurses and peer workers who themselves have experience of mental health crisis.
No Limits Advice/support/counselling for young people aged 11-25
Yellow Door (now includes Southampton Women’s Aid) Offer a range of prevention and support interventions to those affected by domestic abuse and related harmful practices. We work with all ages & genders.
Modern slavery and trafficking
Medaille Trust Provides refuge and freedom to victims of modern slavery.
Migrant Help Provides safe accommodation and support.
Stopthetraffik See website and Southampton and Test Valley stopthetraffik facebook page.
SWVG safeguarding See SWVG safeguarding policy and procedures.
Translation, interpreting
Migrant Help Clear Voice Interpreting Services Telephone interpreting, face to face, translation – may be a fee.
City of Sanctuary movement Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole, Winchester are Cities of Sanctuary.  SWVG participates with Southampton and Winchester CoS.
Other asylum and refugee organisations Refer to SWVG webpage “Who Does What”.
2.       Health
Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group Website provides information and links to a wide range of health services, see “Local Health Services” webpage.  They can translate information into other languages, provide large print, audio and braille versions.
GP surgeries/clinics See Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group website.
Dental surgeries NHS website “find a dentist”
Dental Emergencies Call NHS 111
Solent Mind A registered charity providing a wide range of high quality services to support people with mental health problems across the Southern Region.
Steps 2 Wellbeing Southampton Self-referral or via GP for mental health support.
Solent NHS Homeless Health team A multi-disciplinary primary care team providing care to homeless people in Southampton.
British Medical Association (BMA) Refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit (on website) including guidance on access to healthcare.
Doctors of the World Resources such as guidance on access to healthcare, translated Covid-19 guidance, on the website.
3.      Money and essentials  
£ money
SWVG Assist and legal aid fund Contact SWVG Administrator and/or Co-ordinator.
Home Office Asylum Support See www.gov.uk “asylum support” web pages.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) See www.gov.uk Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website, “services” page, mostly relevant to people with refugee status who may be entitled to state benefits.
Turn2Us Useful Benefits calculator on website. Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.
“NASS” accommodation Clearsprings Ready Homes Ltd has the government contract to provide accommodation for people seeking asylum in the Southampton area.
Southampton CC Housing advice service Advice on application for council accommodation and private accommodation.
Southampton CC Homelessness advice and housing options For people at risk of homelessness who have children or vulnerable members in the household, seek specialist advice and assistance from the homelessness advice service.
Shelter Advice, information and advocacy to people in need.
Commercial letting agencies, apps and adverts
Clothing drop in Organised by Southampton Action, at AMC on the last Friday morning of each month.
Basics Bank Vouchers from SWVG Admin or Red Cross.
Vineyard Church Winchester Children’s and babies’ clothing and equipment.  Contact Linda Huggett.
Computers & internet
Laptop & internet dongle SWVG may purchase for school pupils; maybe from Jamie’s Computers
CLEAR IT room Book or drop in; help is provided
Basics Bank Vouchers from SWVG Admin or Red Cross.
Food packs at AMC
Furniture and household appliances
SCRATCH – Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship
Southampton City Mission Basics Bank Food banks in the city centre and Lords Wood, Sholing, Swaythling – (referral via SWVG Admin and Co-ordinators)
The Hub Cycleworks Southampton
SWVG bus tickets Contact SWVG Administrator.
4.      Activities  
Children’s education
Wulfris Educational Foundation Funding for secondary school uniforms and equipment (ask via SWVG Administrator).
Day centres
Two Saints Day Centre Day centre with advice, showers, laundry etc.
Employment For those with leave to remain
JobcentrePlus See Dept for Work and Pensions (DWP) website.
CLEAR Project Employment advice and workclub.
T.E.E.M. Workclubs Southampton Council employment support team.
English lessons / ESOL
Southampton City College May be concessions/free for some people with LtR.
Itchen 6th Form College – Adult Education ESOL and IELTS classes.
CLEAR ESOL classes.
SWVG One-to-one English tuition.
Music and theatre
World Stages Now World Stages Now is a Southampton based organisation that provides a space for asylum seekers and refugees to collectively and creatively address issues of migration through drama and performance.
Religious organisations
Southampton Council of Faiths

(member of the Inter Faith Network)

Sewing group Womens’ sewing group – contact Southampton City of Sanctuary
Sport and fitness
Solent University Occasionally runs sport or fitness courses for BAME groups.
Gym membership SWVG may provide: ask SWVG Admin
Saints Foundation Southampton FC projects within the local community
Boxing Gym Inner City Boxing , 76B St. Mary Street
IntoUniversity Southampton West Support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Solent Is becoming a University of Sanctuary
Southampton Intending to become a University of Sanctuary
STAR: Student Action for Refugees Campaigns and volunteers.
Winchester Is a University of Sanctuary; may support students taking a course in higher education.
Volunteering and volunteers
Southampton Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group Residents helping each other.
Southampton Time Bank Practical help from approved volunteers.
Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS)
5.      Other  
Room hire
The Third Age Centre (3AC)
The Avenue St Andrews Multicultural Centre (AMC)
Medina Mosque activity centre and community hall