We seek to empower people so that they gain understanding and confidence to manage their own lives and affairs and to participate more actively both in their own communities and in wider society.
We offer free, independent and confidential advice and information on immigration (OISC level 1), welfare benefits, debt, health, homelessness, housing and education in Westminster and neighbouring boroughs.
Our advice sessions are open to all asylum seekers and refugees in Westminster area and neighbouring boroughs. In some circumstances we can offer advice and assistance to other irregular migrants with children.
Our advisers understand that having irregular immigration status or an immigration problem can be extremely stressful. Therefore, we aim to offer a free, knowledgeable and sympathetic service to our clients.
The advice sessions are by appointments only but sometimes we can provide advice by telephone, depending on the nature of the issue.
Advice offered includes:
- All aspects of Asylum and human rights law from initial applications to appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
- All aspects of immigration law, including entry clearance applications, applications for leave to remain within the immigration rules and outside, to related appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
- Citizenship & Nationality law including applications for the exercise of discretion
- Rights of free movement in the EEA
The list is not exhaustive and if your particular problem does not appear to be listed, please contact us as we may be able to help or refer you to someone who can.
Welfare & Benefits Advice
The project helps refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Westminster Borough and neighbouring boroughs integrate in the society and enrich their lives through the provision of information and advice on welfare benefit and health.
Our welfare benefit advice includes:
- Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Child Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Carers Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Council Tax
- Child tax Credit
This has been running on weekly basis with the aim to compact isolation, improve the health and overall wellbeing of asylum-seeking and refugee women who have experienced gender–based violence and trauma.
The group has been the hub of many activities within the project and created an stimulating social network between women from different countries. They chat, exchange ideas, learn about their health, relax in a kind and equal space and support and learn from each other to overcome challenges that occur in the host community.
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.
One of the biggest problems of being a migrant or refugee in other country is the language barrier, the difficulty of communicating and expressing their necessities, so this is the aim of the Kongo Learn ESOL Project; integrate migrants and refugees with the local community by helping them improve their communication skills.
Thus we run weekly IT and ESOL classes