January 15, 2017

Refugee Jobs & Services

The following are information on jobs, facilities and organisations,  that are helping refugees integrate.
If  you’re a business, school, community organisation, group or club who would like to offer support or employment to newly-arrived refugees, or you know of a group/organisation that does, please get in touch.


Refugees Advocacy Fellow

European Council of Refugees and Exiles is seeking to recruit a full-time Refugee Advocacy Fellow to be based at its Brussels office. The advocacy fellow will work in ECRE’ advocacy team, reporting to the Head of International Advocacy. The fellow will be employed as part of the Open City Fellowship programme

Interested candidates are invited to send a copy of their CV (maximum two pages) and a cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the position and the date you are available to start work to Josephine Liebl (jliebl@ecre.org) by Friday, 4th May 2018, stating “Refugee Advocacy Fellow” in the subject heading.

Finalist interviews: Monday 14th May 2018, more details are available here.


Florist Training Programme for Refugee Women:

This January, Bread & Roses kicks off it’s next floristry training programme for refugee women. The programme – which combines English teaching, confidence building and a four-week work placement – is designed to help women who are taking their first steps towards finding a job in London.
The programme starts on Monday 15th January, and will run each Monday for three months, finishing on Monday 2nd April. The workshops will take place at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, with full travel expenses and lunches provided for all participants. There is also a free on-site creche for children above 6 months. 
For information on how to apply, please contact Olivia on olivia@wearebreadandroses.com


Minicab drivers: 

The Refugee Council have been approached by an employer who is hiring refugees to work as mini cab drivers in London. They have a contract with Uber but clients will be employed by this employer. Car, petrol and training is provided. Driver Insurance and liability is also covered.  They offer a contract with fixed/negotiated hours, £8-10 per hour plus drivers keep all the tips and bonuses.


  • UK driving license for 3 years
  • Good English
  • Good customer service skills
  • Ability to follow instruction on GPS Navigation system
  • Based in or near London.
  • If interested send CVs to Bahar Nassiri bahar.nassiri@refugeecouncil.org.uk to arrange an interview.

Chef Apprenticeships (Islington residents only, open to 18 years). Kings Cross

  • Starting salary of £12,000 but salary rising very quickly following completion of training to £19,000 plus
  • We are looking for vibrant, passionate trainee chefs to join a prestigious restaurant based in Kings Cross.
  • Great career prospects with this prestigious employer
  • Brilliant benefits e.g. pension, qualifications, training etc.
  • Excellent career progression

Closing Date: 30th November 2017

For further information and how to apply, please contact Marion Phillips at marion.phillips@islington.gov.uk


Career Advice

London Metropolitan University Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit offer career improving opportunities for refugee health professionals in London. They offer free appointments with a career adviser, specialised employment workshops and work placements in the NHS.

Refugee Council, Refugees into Teaching. A service to help refugees with a background in teaching to re-qualify and find work in England. They provide training workshops and the possibility of school placements.

Bread and Roses: helping refugee women find work. A collaboration with Women for Refugee Women and Bread & Roses, a charity providing practical and emotional support to refugee women who want to work.

RefuAid Access Loan RefuAid will provide and administer micro loans of up to £10,000 to internationally trained refugees in order to assist them in obtaining UK accreditation, upgrading, or training that will allow them to return to employment in their pre- immigration professional and trade fields. Subject to eligibility.

English lessons

Migrants Resource Centre offer English classes (as well as computer classes, job support and health workshops).

Breaking Barriers offer a series of free courses include employment language skills, CV writing, understanding the British working system etc. For more advanced individuals, they run mock interviews and assessment centres and presentation training.

Chatterbox, a language learning business, employs refugees and asylum seekers to teach their own languages online or in-person in London. One of our residents who helps with Chatterbox was recently interviewed by BBC London.

The Ahlan wa Sahlan, a Facebook group is run by Syrians for Syrian refugees and is an informal conversation class twice a week. They always need volunteers and you don’t have to be qualified to help.

Hammersmith and Fulham libraries offer ESOL conversation groups (and other group activities). Opening times are:

  • Hammersmith Library: Monday 10.30am – 11.30am, Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am (limited numbers)
  • Shepherds Bush Library: Saturday 10.30am – 12.00 noon (limited numbers)
  • Askew Road Library: Saturday 2.00 pm -3.00 pm

The Austin Forum (at the Augustinian Centre -behind St Augustines church – in Hammersmith) have free English lessons. 

St. Andrew’s Church provide English language classes on Mondays (term time only) 1-3pm, £2 per lesson, W14 9LY. For info, contact Penny pennystradling@gmail.com

RefuAid Language grants provide a limited number of grants for resettled refugees to improve their English and take English language exams.

Hammersmith College offer day and Evening programmes for learners whose English is not their first language



SOAS Scholarship Scheme is intended to provide displaced people, who do not have access to student finance, with the opportunity to take their first steps in higher education in the UK. These scholarships will be available for up to six undergraduate and one Master’s students commencing their degree in 2017/18. To qualify:

  • Candidates must have no access to student finance (so typically people in the process of seeking asylum or with various forms of limited leave to remain, not people who have obtained refugee status). 
  • Scholarship application deadline is 1st March, and prior to this candidates must have secured an offer of admission for an eligible programme (most of the places are for undergraduate programmes).

LSE Refugee Scholarships. LSE is significantly increasing its funding for scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees. The School will increase the funds available to nearly £500,000 per year for students classified as asylum seekers, or those awaiting the outcome of an asylum application, and who have been offered a place to study at the School.

The University of East London has joined with several partners across Europe to offer a free, new short course known as the Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) that will give refugees and asylum seekers the educational grounding to progress to a foundation course and ultimately a full bachelor degree.To find out more and apply, email Dr Aura Lounasmaa

Student Action for Refugees is a national network of student groups working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK. The website provides links to local groups at various universities who campaign and volunteer. There is a valuable list of universities offering scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers and fee reductions for asylum seekers and refugees.

Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship is an annual grant of £10,000-20,000 awarded to 3 asylum seekers a year to complete a first degree or professional qualification in the field of health and social care.


Befriending support and recreational activities:

Migrants Organise runs a mentoring programme to help asylum seekers and refugees integrate in the local community. For info about becoming a mentor or mentee, email Clare clare@migrantsorganise.org

Refugee Support Network provide a range of services which help 15 – 25 year olds seeking safety in the UK to get into, stay in and do well in education. Primarily aimed at unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Host Nation is a befriending organisation. It helps connect those seeking to befriend a refugee with refugees.

Young Roots supports young refugees and asylum-seekers and runs youth activities such as football, cookery, and English support in North London and Croydon.

Just Bread brings together the refugee women of London to share their skills, creativity and cultural heritage whilst acquiring the skills of a professional baker. 

The Bike Project is a scheme whereby you can donate your old bike and these guys will fix it up and give out to a refugee in London. If you collect more than ten they will come and collect.


Legal and citizens advice

Hammersmith and Fulham Advice Station is an online resource linking you to support, information and local advice services in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Advice Finder offers advice on rights and what options are available to you.

OISC advice finder lists advisers who are regulated by the OISC.

The Law Society, “Find a solicitor” is a free service for anyone looking for information about organisations or people providing legal services in England and Wales.


Advice on asylum 

Migrant Help runs an Asylum Helpline on 0808 8000 630. They also run a helpline in Arabic on 0808 8000 624

Asylum Aid offers free legal advice for asylum seekers.

Refugee Action offers advice for asylum seekers, as well as support.

Asylum Help provides confidential and impartial advice on how to claim asylum and offers financial, accommodation support, and health assessment.

Asylum Support Appeal Project offers free legal service and representation to asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decision to refuse or withdraw their housing etc.

Bail For Immigrants and Detainees challenges immigration and detention in the UK whilst working with asylum seekers and migrants in removal centres and prisons to secure their release


Temporary housing

Room for Refugees is a scheme set up in 2003 by Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) to connect asylum-seekers and refugees of  various nationalities with hosts with a spare room. They offer hosting for a minimum of 1 month with a 1 week trial period.

Refugees at home is a charity which connects asylum-seekers and refugees who have just received their leave to remain, with hosts with a spare room. They work with a range of nationalities. They offer emergency/short-notice hosting as well as short-term hosting.

Homes for Syrians is a charity which connects Syrian refugees who have just received their leave to remain and need to get on their feet, with hosts with a spare room. Hosting lasts for up to 6 months, in respect of individuals or couples.


Other Resources

Nawaal Benevolence Fund is a Muslim community charity which can provide general or specific grants to those in need. Applications can be made via the website.

Refugees Aid app: mobile app shows migrants, refugees and aid workers where services are closest to them on a map with a very simple interface. Whether you are a migrant, refugee or aid worker, you can download the app in the following countries: UK, Belgium, France, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy and Greece. The app will soon be available in other European countries, the US, Latin America and Jordan.

Welcoming Syrian Refugees: An Introductory Guide This booklet offers simple guidance on how local individuals, charities and groups in the UK can help welcome refugees into our communities. It explains some of the issues surrounding the process with materials and input from groups around the country. Coordinated by Migrants Organise, Citizens UK, the Rural Refugee Network and the Entrepreneurial Refugee Network.

How to register with a GP. NHS England offer have excellent information for asylum seekers and refugees on how to register with a GP.