Refugees and asylum seekers

Lord Alf Dubs, Cllr Stephen Cowan and Vanessa Redgrave at Refugee Week 2019
Image caption: Refugee Week 2019 at the Lyric Hammersmith with Lord Alf Dubs, Cllr Stephen Cowan and Vanessa Redgrave

Hammersmith & Fulham Council recognise that refugees and asylum seekers and people from abroad make significant contributions to our economy and community, and we value the diversity they bring.

We provide support through our children's services, housing and adult social care teams, partners and community organisations. Our support is available to any refugee or asylum seeker who needs it, including unaccompanied children and young adults, families and adults travelling solo.

Useful quick links

Here are a few quick links to information you may find useful.

FREE summer activities for children
If you’re looking for some free friendly activities over the summer break, check out our Summer in the City programme. We’re working with more than 20 providers from 25 July to 26 August to host a variety of activities with free food for all youngsters.

English lessons
For guidance on where to find English lessons, look at our Refugee Welcome Pack, or visit adult learning and skills service.

Job support
For useful information on looking for a job, please visit help to get a job

Financial support
For help applying for benefits, please visit benefits.
Or for information on council tax support, housing benefit, free school meals, school clothing grants, please call: 020 8753 6681

Relationship breakdown (sponsor and refugee) help
If you need advice or support after a relationship breakdown, please call 0800 145 6095 (option 3), or email UKRS@lbhf.gov.uk

Housing support
If you become aware of refugees or asylum seekers needing help with homelessness within the borough, please contact Housing Solutions on 020 8753 4198, option 1, option 1 (this number is operated between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Emergency out of hours support
For urgent support outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team on 020 8748 8588.

Events

H&F enjoys celebrating the rich culture and contributions refugees, asylum seekers and people from abroad bring to our community.

Welcome sessions

We’re currently holding weekly events to support incoming Ukrainian refugees settle in H&F and continue to host weekly events for Afghan refugees living in temporary accommodation.

Our welcome events are designed to support refugees who have just arrived by linking in with council and local support services.

If you are a Ukrainian refugee that arrived in H&F outside of the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme and would like to attend one of our weekly welcome events, please contact our Community Connect team to arrange an appointment.

Call Freephone 0800 145 6095, 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday or email communityconnect@lbhf.gov.uk

Recent events

City of Sanctuary

We are committed to becoming a City of Sanctuary. More information can be found on the City of Sanctuary UK website.

News stories about refugees

NewsSupporting Ukrainian refugees

NewsH&F UKRAINE APPEAL: Help those in need

NewsWe Stand with the People of Ukraine