Children and families project
Our Children and Families project ensures that asylum seeker and refugee children and their families can develop friendships and support networks that allow them to be healthy, safe and more active in their new communities, as well as providing information to neighbourhoods and schools where refugees are settling.
Our project does this via a range of different activities such as our Welcome Club, Allotment Project and Home Visits.
The Children and Families project offers one to one support for refugee and asylum seekers families as they arrive in Bradford. We offer support and advice on housing, education, benefits and accessing legal and immigration advice, as well as information about life and culture in the UK.
Our staff and volunteers also run regular support groups for families, including a weekly after school club, an allotment group, a reading group at the local library and trips during the school holidays for families.
Our Allotment Project provides refugees with the chance to make new friends and connections in their new community, as they help maintain a vegetable patch at the community allotment. 10:30 – 12:30pm. Tuesdays at Scotchman Road, BD9 5DD Bus ticket paid. Meet there at 10:30, or at BAfR offices at 10am. Get outdoors, exercise, grow food, take fresh fruit and vegetables home with you
Our Welcome Club offers a place for asylum seeker and refugee children to play together, make friends and experience days out. It also gives refugee children a supportive environment to practice their English, learn more about British culture and get support for their school work or ask for help in a supportive environment.
These activities help to build emotional resilience and local friendships, which helps to build respect, understanding and cohesion in communities where refugees are based.
If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the Welcome Club, Allotment project, Home Visit program, or ask for one of our staff to run a presentation about refugees and asylum seekers at your organisation, please contact our Bradford office.
Advice, Health and Therapeutic Services
The advisors at our drop-in service provide asylum seekers and refugees in the Bradford region with support, information and advice to help them rebuild their lives and overcome challenges.
Refugees and asylum seekers come to our centre for advice on their immigration status and for information about their entitlement to benefits (including Home Office support) and housing advice.
Some may require referral to other physical and mental health programmes to help them recover from the trauma they fled in their home countries. Our partner, Solace, provides one-to-one and group therapeutic services in our offices for refugees and asylum-seekers for those who need such services.
Others have been granted permission to stay and need help with registering for housing and benefits.
To access this service, please contact our Bradford office.
We are open to refugees and asylum seekers living in Bradford as follows (apart from public holidays):
- Monday: Advice drop-in and appointments 10:00am – 3:30pm *closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm
- Tuesday: Red Cross drop-in all day 10:00am – 3:30pm *closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm
- Thursday: Advice drop-in and appointments 10:00am – 3:30pm *closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm
- Address: 40A Piccadilly Bradford BD1 3NN
- GPS: 53.7965276,-1.7545161000000462
- Phone: 01274 924982
- Website: http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/refugee-action-bradford/