Refugee Action – formerly Bradford Action for Refugees
We moved rapidly to put the wellbeing of refugees, people seeking asylum, our staff and volunteers at the centre of our response, preparing weeks beforehand for the practicalities of social distancing and restricted travel.
We are using translators and interpreters to make sure the families we support understand the latest government advice and information as it develops.
Our support is now being delivered over telephone and video calls. All of our staff have the equipment they need to offer the same level of support, albeit remotely.
We have 3 services delivering in Bradford: Advice, Health and Therapeutic Service, Children and Families Project and the Working English Project. We also have a Transitions Service which operates across Kirklees and Calderdale.
Our vision: Refugee and asylum seekers will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty and be able to successfully rebuild their lives.
Our mission: Refugee Action plays a leading role in overcoming the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. We work with others to develop and deliver innovative services that benefit the majority of asylum seekers and refugees. We successfully build public and political support for policy change, so they can rebuild their lives. We are a trusted partner and ally for organisations that seek to enable refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK.
Advice, Health and Therapeutic Service
The Advice, Health and Therapeutic service provides advice and information, including immigration legal advice, to asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers and refugees – we call this part of the service the Legal Advice Project. We do Immigration Applications for further leave and settlement, fresh claims and DDV concessions.
Solace, the partner in the service, provides therapeutic services and counselling on 1 – 2 days each week to clients who have sustained psychological or other trauma. These services are provided from the Bradford office.
Shazia Naseeruddin – Casework Assistant [email protected]
Children and Families Project
The Children and Families project offers one to one support for refugee and asylum seeking 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. We have weekly social groups and offer trips out during the school holidays.
Through our At Home in Bradford group we support children who are waiting for school places with group activities, home visits, and trips out and about.
Welcome Group in BD5 family group with activities and crafts for adults and children, Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 at St. Stephens Church, Newton Street, BD5 7BH
Key people: Christy Bischoff – Children and Families Project Coordinator [email protected], Mariam Ali – Children and Families Support Worker [email protected], Tansy Kerenza – Children and Families Support Worker [email protected]
The Working English Project works with refugees and other eligible migrants to increase their employability and understanding of the UK work environment. Refugees improve their skills through a combination of one to one support, English language support, mentoring, job search skills, help with cv writing and job applications.
Key people: Ruth Gray – Working English Coordinator [email protected]
The Transitions projects works with asylum seekers and refugees in Kirklees and Calderdale and includes Fresh Claims work, support with certain applications for refugees, therapeutic support and training.
There are several partner organisations who work from or do outreach from our offices. Currently Solace, Ashiana, Freedom from Torture, Bradford Refugee Forum and British Red Cross are all using the office.
There are different classes which run for different groups at Refugee Action. Please contact Ruth Gray for more information – [email protected]
There are several volunteering opportunities across the services. Please contact Ruth Gray for information – [email protected]
Legal Advice Drop-in – Mondays 9:30 – 13:00
Children and Families – Monday and Thursday Drop-ins 10:00 – 13:00
Please note that we will only be able to see a set number of people at our drop-ins each week so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
At all other times please call or email to make an appointment.