Useful organisations

Updated January 2017

Below are details of some organisations in Brighton and the UK that provide services, information and support to migrants and refugees. Some organisations are only open part-time, so it is a good idea to check the website before visiting or telephoning.

Organisations marked with B&H are located in Brighton & Hove or nearby.

As well as those listed below, there is a directory listing organisations which offer support to, or are taking action for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The PDF file can be viewed using this link.

English classes in Brighton | Children and young people | Detainees | Discrimination and hate crime organisations | Domestic violence / Violence Against Women | Education | Emergency services | Employment, unemployment and benefits | Equality and human rights organisations | Housing and homelessness | Legal advice | LGBT organisations | Local advice and services | Money and finance | Refugee and migrant organisations | Translation | Women’s organisations

English classes in Brighton

Below are some providers of English lessons and adult education. There are fees for most classes, but it may be worth asking if there are reductions for refugees or migrants.

BHASVIC   B&H
address: Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EG
website: www.bhasvic.ac.uk
telephone: 01273 552200
email: info@bhasvic.ac.uk

City College   B&H
address: City College Brighton & Hove, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA
website: www.ccb.ac.uk
telephone: 01273 667788 (main switchboard) / 01273 667759 (course information)
email: info@ccb.ac.uk

EC English Language Centres   B&H
address: Dolphin House, Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF
website: www.ecenglish.com/school-locations/learn-english-in-brighton
telephone: 01273 694618
email: study@ecenglish.com

The English Language Centre (ELC)   B&H
address: 33 Palmeira Mansions, Hove, BN3 2GB
website: www.elc-brighton.co.uk
telephone: 01273 721771
email: info@elc-brighton.co.uk

Friends Centre   B&H
address: Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ
website: www.friendscentre.org
telephone: 01273 810210
email: info@friendscentre.org

Intensive School of English (ISE)   B&H
address: 34 Duke St, Brighton, BN1 1BS
website: www.isebrighton.com
telephone: 01273 384800
email: info@ise.uk.com

Portslade Adult Learning   B&H
address: PACA, Chalky Road, Portslade, BN41 2WS
website: www.portslade.org
telephone: 01273 422632
email: comed@paca.uk.com

Varndean College   B&H
address: Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ
website: www.varndean.ac.uk
telephone: 01273 508011 (general inquiries) / 01273 546602 (adult education)
email: office@varndean.ac.uk

Workers Education Association – Adult education
website: wea.org.uk
telephone: 01273 945869
email: sussex@wea.org.uk

Children and young people

Asphaleia Action   B&H
address: 9 Liverpool Terrace, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1TA
website: www.asphaleia.co.uk/ventures/action.html
telephone: 01903 522966
email: headoffice@asphaleia.co.uk
Asphaleia Action is a registered charity seeking to contribute to the care, upbringing and advancement of life for vulnerable children and young people in the UK and internationally. Where the most vulnerable children and young people are in need of specialist support, Asphaleia Action respond to protect and support them through a range of projects and services.

ChildLine
website: www.childline.org.uk
telephone: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen.

IntoUniversity   B&H
address: University of Sussex, Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TA
website: intouniversity.org/content/intouniversity-brighton
telephone: 01273 602 102
email: brighton@intouniversity.org
IntoUniversity Brighton provides academic support and mentoring to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their potential.

NSPCC
address: Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH
website: www.nspcc.org.uk
telephone: 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC helpline has trained counsellors to provide around the clock help, advice and support to anyone who is worried about a child.

Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico)   B&H
address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
website: ryico.org
telephone: 01273 234836
email: info@ryico.org
rYico is a UK registered charity that works to support and empower vulnerable young people in Rwanda.

The Starling Project   B&H
address: Young People Centre, 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE
email: brighton.referrals@hummingbirdproject.org.uk
A therapeutic support space for asylum seeking and refugee young people (13-18yrs), framed around an arts-based group. The space will be run by HCPC registered art therapists and practitioners experienced in working with young people on the move, who have been forced to find safety in France and the U.K. due to fleeing political conflict, persecution and social upheaval at home.

Detainees

Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
address: Archway Resource Centre, 1b Waterlow Road, London, N19 5NJ
website: www.aviddetention.org.uk
telephone: 020 7281 0533
email: enquiries@aviddetention.org.uk
AVID seeks to ensure detainees rights are protected and to promote access to volunteer visitors.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
address: FREEPOST RTSU-ZJCB-XCSX, 1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
website: www.biduk.org
telephone: 020 7247 3590
email: enquiries@biduk.org
BID is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. BID works with asylum seekers and migrants, in removal centres and prisons, to secure their release from detention. Detainees can post documents to BID for free using their FREEPOST address.

Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group (GDWG)
address: The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD
website: www.gdwg.org.uk
telephone: 01293 657070 / Detainee freephone number: 0800 389 4367
email: info@gdwg.org.uk
The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group is a registered charity that provides emotional and practical support, through its volunteer vistors, to asylum seekers and immigration detainees held in centres near Gatwick Airport.

Discrimination and hate crime organisations

MOSAIC   B&H
address: Community Base, 113 Queen’s Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
website: www.mosaicequalities.org.uk
telephone: 01273 234017
email: info@mosaicbrighton.org.uk
MOSAIC exists to empower Black and Mixed-Parentage families to combat racism and to support the development of positive cultural and racial identity.

Tell MAMA
website: tellmamauk.org
telephone: 0800 456 1226
email: info@tellmamauk.org
Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not meant to be a replacement for the Police Service. In an emergency, please call 999.

Domestic violence / Violence Against Women

National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours)
website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
telephone: 0808 2000 247
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The service has interpreters available.

Rise   B&H
address: PO Box 889, Brighton BN2 1GH
website: www.riseuk.org.uk
telephone: 01273 622822 / Freephone: 0300 323 9985
Rise is a domestic abuse charity working in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex. It is the Rape Crisis service for Brighton & Hove.

Survivors’ Network   B&H
website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
telephone: 01273 203380
email: admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Survivors’ Network is a registered charity that aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives. Survivors’ Network can be contacted by email and telephone and their website includes a resources section for survivors of rape or sexual abuse.

Education

Free University Brighton   B&H
website: freeuniversitybrighton.org
Creating alternative education accessible to all, regardless of income. FUB offer a free, higher education (degree-level) course in social science and humanities.

Emergency services

Police, Fire, Ambulance
telephone: 999 (emergency) or 101 (if it is not an emergency)

Employment, unemployment and benefits

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project   B&H
address: 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton, BN2 0GY
website: bucfp.org
telephone: 01273 671213 / Welfare rights: 01273 676171
The Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project provides practical support, education and recreation for those in poor housing, claimants, unwaged people and those on low incomes.

Equality and human rights organisations

British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
address: School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
website: www.bihr.org.uk
telephone: 020 7882 5850
BIHR does not advise individuals but its website has information about human rights and how to use them in everyday situations to empower people and challenge poor treatment or service provision.

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
address: FREEPOST, EASS Helpline, FPN6521
website: www.equalityadvisoryservice.com
telephone: 0808 800 0082 (advice line)
The EASS provides Provide information, advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues to individuals. EASS can help people find local sources of support. It does not provide legal advice or representation.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
website: www.equalityhumanrights.com
The EHRC is the independent statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, and protect human rights. The EHRC does not give provide advice to individuals but its website has information about equality and human rights law.

Friends, Families and Travellers   B&H
address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
website: www.gypsy-traveller.org
telephone: 01273 234777
email: fft@gypsy-traveller.org
Friends, Families and Travellers works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.

Housing and homelessness

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT)   B&H
address: 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH
website: www.bht.org.uk
telephone: 01273 645400
BHT has developed a comprehensive range of services, working in partnership with other organisations, to meet the needs of homeless, insecurely housed and vulnerable men and women. Services include advice and legal representation, homelessness services, immigration advice, mental health services and sexual health services.

Law Centres Network
address: Floor 1, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA
website: www.lawcentres.org.uk
Law Centres defend the legal rights of people who cannot afford a lawyer. They offer legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups. You can find a local law centre on the website.

LGBT organisations

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard   B&H
address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
website: switchboard.org.uk
telephone: 01273 234009
email: lesley.whittal@switchboard.org.uk
Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard was established in 1975 and is here to listen to, inform and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Brighton & Hove and beyond. Originally a helpline, it now offers much more, including a leaflet outlining core information about LGBT services in the city into a range of languages (Arabic, French, Turkish, Bengali, Cantonese).

Galop LGBT Helpline
website: www.galop.org.uk
telephone: 0800 999 5428
email: help@galop.org.uk
Galop provides confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them.

Local advice and services

Brighton & Hove City Council   B&H
address: Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk
telephone: 01273 290000
The website has information about all Brighton & Hove City Council services. Many services can be discussed in person at Hove Town Hall.

Citizens Advice Bureau   B&H
address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/brightonhovecab.htm
telephone: 01273 223951
Brighton & Hove Citizens Advice Bureau provides a generalist advice service and a specialist debt and welfare benefits service.

Cornerstone Community Centre   B&H
address: St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Hove, BN3 2FL
website: www.cornerstone-hove.org.uk
email: cornerstonecommunitycentre@hotmail.com
The cornerstone community centre provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive community space, working in close partnership with the neighbourhood to fulfil the social and educational aspirations and needs of community groups and individuals, in particular those people who are marginalised, and to cultivate a trained team of volunteers.

The Cowley Club   B&H
address: 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4EJ
website: www.cowleyclub.org.uk
telephone: 01273 696104
email: cowleyclub@riseup.net
Welfare rights advice is available at the Cowley Club on Mondays from 5 to 6.15 p.m.

GoCitizen.co.uk   B&H
website: GoCitizen.co.uk
GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. Members of Brighton and Hove Libraries can sign up here.

Money and finance

Money Advice and Community Support (MACS)   B&H
address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
website: www.moneyadviceplus.org.uk
telephone: 01273 664000
MACS helps and supports migrants in Sussex experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs.

Refugee and migrant organisations

Aegean Solidarity Network   B&H
website: asnteamuk.org
email: info@asnteamuk.org
ASN Team UK is united in solidarity and well connected in the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, we strive to raise money and awareness, and work with volunteer run grassroot organisations to make a difference to these often traumatised and afflicted peoples lives in Greece.

Asylum Aid
address: Club Union House, 253-254 Upper Street, London, N1 1RY
website: www.asylumaid.org.uk
telephone: 020 7354 9631 / 020 7354 9264 (advice line)
email: info@asylumaid.org.uk
Asylum Aid provides expert legal representation for people who need refugee protection.

BMECP One Stop Shop for Refugees and Asylum Seekers   B&H
address: 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE
website: bmecp.org.uk/resource_centre/projects/one_stop_shop.html
telephone: 0300 303 1171
email: resourcecentre@bmecp.org.uk
This service is organised by the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) and delivered in partnership with Money Advice Community Support Services, Migrant Helpline and Hate Crime Co-ordinator. The aim of this service is to provide improved service access for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. It is open 11am to 2.30pm every Friday. It is an opportunity to come and seek one to one confidential advice and support, have access to information and share your concerns with representatives from various public services. You will also be able to meet other Refugee members of the community. Refreshments are provided.

Brighton & Hove City of Sanctuary   B&H
website: brighton-and-hove.cityofsanctuary.org
The Brighton & Hove branch of City of Sanctuary, also known as Sanctuary on Sea, aims to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the city.

Brighton & Hove Refugee and Migrant Forum   B&H
website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/community-and-life-events/migrants-asylum-seekers-and-refugees
Brighton & Hove Refugee and Migrant Forum is a partnership of statutory and voluntary organisations who support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. The Forum has produced a directory listing organisations which offer support to or are taking action for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants (last updated in March 2016).

Brighton Migrant Solidarity   B&H
website: brightonmigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/
email: brimigsol@riseup.net
Brighton Migrant Solidarity Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a grass-roots community and campaign group working to support migrants in Brighton and beyond.

Migrant Help
address: Charlton House, Dour Street, Dover, CT16 1AT
website: www.migranthelp.org
telephone: 01304 203977
email: info@migranthelpuk.org

No Borders Brighton   B&H
website: nobordersbrighton.blogspot.co.uk
email: brightonnoborders@riseup.net
No Borders is a transnational network of groups struggling against capitalism and the state, and for freedom of movement for all.

Refugee Action
address: Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB
website: www.refugee-action.org.uk
telephone: 020 7952 1511
email: info@refugee-action.org.uk
Refugee Action helps refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes, including by giving advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, homelessness and asylum support.

Refugee Council
address: PO Box 68614, London, E15 9DQ
website: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
telephone: 020 7346 6700
The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. The Refugee Council is now running a free Own Language Telephone Advice Service or OLTAS for short. Click here for details.

Refugee Radio
website: www.refugeeradio.org.uk
Refugee Radio is live on Sundays at 8pm on Brighton’s Radio Reverb 97.2FM or daily 7pm on Homely Planet.

Right to Remain
address: Praxis Community Projects, Pott Street, London, E2 0EF
website: righttoremain.org.uk
telephone: 07756 562384 (answer service: leave a message or send a text)
email: contact@righttoremain.org.uk
Right to Remain is a UK-based human rights organisation working with groups across the country supporting people to establish their right to remain with dignity, safety and humanity, and to challenge the injustice of the immigration and asylum system. Right to Remain provide a free toolkit – click here to view – which is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system.

Still Human Still Here
website: www.stillhuman.org.uk
Still Human Still Here is a coalition of over 50 organisations that are campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK.

Voices in Exile   B&H
address: 55 Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FH
website: brightonvoicesinexile.co.uk
telephone: 01273 328598
email: bvie@hotmail.co.uk

Translation

Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS)   B&H
address: 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
website: www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk
telephone: info@sussexinterpreting.org.uk
email: 01273 702005
SIS exists to enable full access, for people with language needs, to publicly funded services in order to improve health, education and overall quality of life.

Women’s organisations

Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC)   B&H
address: 72 High Street, Brighton, BN2 1RP
website: www.womenscentre.org.uk
telephone: 01273 698036
email: info@womenscentre.org.uk
BWC provides information and support, counselling and complimentary therapies by appointment.