Day Centres & Drop Ins

Refugee Council freephone helpline Tel: 0808 808 2255 (calls from mobiles are free) Information for refugees and asylum seekers.



Haringey Migrant Support Centre John Vianney Church Hall, 386 West Green Road, N15 3QL Mondays 13:00 to 16:00pm Info: Free advice on immigration, welfare, health and housing, and signposting to other local services. Tel. 07544 078332. Please call first to check we are open and have capacity.

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St Pancras Refugee Service: |8 Fairhazel Gardens, Camden, NW6 3SG |02072784437

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11am to 2pm

SPaRC is an open and welcoming space for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to meet and socialise. We run activities and such art, music therapy and walking groups for you to get involved in. But if you just want to sit and have a chat than that’s fine too. We offer a free hot meal. We can also give you some help with contacting services such as GPs, energy companies or the Job Centre if you struggling with communicating with them

New North London Synagogue (NNLS) Drop-In For Destitute Asylum Seekers

First Sunday of every month 2pm – 4.30pm Nearest tube: East Finchley (Northern Line), then bus 263 or a short walk. Info: Refreshments, lunch, clothes, medical consultations and legal signposting. Supermarket vouchers and £5 travel expenses. Before you visit, please ask your solicitor to confirm your status, either in a letter or, preferably, by email to

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NWR Synagogue Alyth Gardens, off Finchley Rd,London NW11 7EL Last Sunday of every month 2-4pm Nearest tube: Golders Green (Northern line) – 5 minutes walk Buses: 82, 460, 102 (also 83, 183, 210, 240, 226, 260, 13, 328, 268 with 5 minutes walk) Info: Advice for anyone who has recently received leave to remain in the UK. Hot food. £5.00 travel per adult will be provided. English conversation. Help with children’s schoolwork. Please bring photo ID and your Leave to Remain documents. Children welcome. Call 07778 359680 for more information.

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The Women’s Day Centre, Marylebone Project 1-5 Cosway Street, London, NW1 5NR

Opening Times: 

Monday – Thursday: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Friday: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Wheelchair access: Yes – full
Accessible toilets: Yes

Phone: 020 7262 3818 (Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

General information
Service offered: Day centre for homeless women, including refugees and asylum
seekers. Housing advice. Showers, laundry, clothes store. Sandwiches Mon-Fri.
Women into Work, ESOL, Literacy and IT classes, cooking and baking sessions.
Internet access
Target group: Women, including refugees/asylum seekers, those with
housing/support needs.



Women for Refugee Women Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT Tel: 020 7250 1239 Mondays 12.30 – 5 Nearest tube: Old Street Info: Drop-in English classes from 12.30-2pm and 3-5pm. Lunch provided 2-3pm. Travel expenses paid. Women Only.

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WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together) at Women for Refugee Women Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT Tel: 020 7250 1239 Alternate Saturdays 2.00pm – 5.00pm Nearest tube: Old Street Info: A social and to update WAST members. Lunch and travel expenses provided. There is also a legal drop in session – by appointment only. To book a legal advice appointment ring 07852 765 193 and bring all your papers with you.

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Hackney Migrant Centre New St Mary’s Church Rooms, Spensley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street London, N16 9ES. Wednesdays 12.30 to 3.30pm (registration begins 11.30am). Advice on immigration, benefits and housing; medical advice and help in accessing NHS health services. Free food.

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AKWAABA is a social drop-in session, run by Hackney Migrant Centre on Sundays in conjunction with Green Lanes Methodist Church. The sessions are based on the London Welcome Project and take place every Sunday, 1.30-5.30pm at: Princess May Primary School, Barrett’s Grove, N16 8AJ. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland

The sessions offer a free cooked meal and social and welcoming space. Further activities will be added depending on the wishes of the visitors. Travel expenses are not available. For information email:

Refugee & migrant forum of East London (Newham, Barking and Dagenham) By appointment only. Advice on asylum and immigration. To make an appointment, please call Mohammad Hoshi or Aisha Sohni on 020 8478 4513.

Hackney City Farm Yoga (in association with Hackney Red Cross) Tuesday mornings. To refer a client, please email Red Cross, Hackney Referrals only. Referring organisation to call 0207 704 5670 – this number is not for clients. Tuesdays 10.30am-4.00pm Info: Food parcels, laundry facilities, toiletries distributed monthly.

Praxis Community Projects: Pott Street, London E2 0EF Tel: 020 7729 7985 Buses: 8, 106, 254 and 388 Tube: Bethnal Green Station Monday to Friday 9.45am-12.15pm. Info: Easy access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users and pram. Advice English classes – please ring for details. Praxis runs the following services:

Form-filling session: every Monday, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm  – for help completing forms relating to welfare benefits (applications and appeals), housing, asylum support and some immigration matters. Call us to book a slot during these times, either through our main reception number (020 7729 7985) or through our advice line (020 7749 7608). Please note that if you turn up without an appointment we may not be able to see you on the same day.

Face-to-face advice: Housing advice drop-in: every Tuesday 10am-12.30pm, Welfare benefits advice drop-in: every Thursday 10am-12.30pm, Immigration advice drop-in: every Friday 10am-12.30pm

Phone advice: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-4.30pm: 020 7749 7608

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Red Cross Hackney Destitution Resource Centre: Dalston Lane, Hackney. . Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10.30am-4pm. Refigee council runs a session there  on Fridays from 11am-4pm. Red Cross casework service is based at Aztec Row, off islington High Street, Angel. For appointments call 020 7704 5670.

Barking & Dagenham Asylum Seeker Drop-In Please ring the Redbridge office 020 8478 4513 for assessment. Info: A weekly drop in for those affected by destitution, where asylum seekers can get a hot meal, advice and support on a range of issues.

Newham Food Kitchen Tel: 020 8478 4513 Saturday evenings

The Welcome Project 11 Green Lane, Ilford, London IG1 1XG Tel: 020 8220 4111 Tues–Thurs: 12:30-3pm Friday: 10:30am–3pm Info: Drop-in service for socially isolated people, particularly the homeless and refugees. Accommodation advice; bathroom/showers, benefit advice; clothing; free food; housing advice, laundry. Nurse-led clinic. ESOL classes. And it has an allotment! Drop in or phone.

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The Welcome Centre
Phone: 020 8514 3283
Address: 2-6 St Marys Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1QX

Jesuit Refugee Service: 2 Chandler Street, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2QT. Phone to book an appointment or to attend the day centre: 0207 488 7310.


Notre Dame Refugee Centre Drop-In Café Maison Pierre Chanel, 16 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LET Tel: 020 7440 2668/020 7440 2669

Mondays and Thursdays 11am-4pm Info: The café offers a warm welcome and a meal. Advice is available every day of the week by prior appointment.

Also has a telephone advice line, offering free one-off immigration advice to asylum seekers, refugees and those wishing to regularise their stay. This also covers citizenship queries and advice for non-EU family members of EU Citizens.  Call on Friday 10.30am-13.30pm. Phone: 020 7440 2669

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Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum (MRCF) 2 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL Wednesdays 10 – 5pm Thursdays 1 – 5pm To book a place, please ring Francesca on 020 8962 3045 Info: English classes.

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Refugee Council Destitution Services Central London Day Centre, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London, W1U 2QJ Nearest tube: Edgware Road, Thursdays 14.30-17.30 Info: Practical advice and support, a meal, and emergency provisions.

West London Synagogue Drop In 33 Seymour Place, LondonW1H 5AU,  Third Sunday of every month (Feb 19, March 18 etc), 2.30 – 4.30pm (doors close at 4pm). Info: Family Drop In Centre for destitute asylum seekers (children and parents only) . Hot food, clothing, food vouchers and travel expenses. Please do not arrive early! You must bring: your Home Office letter of first refusal, and identification documents for yourself and your children.

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Refugee Council Destitution Service. The Brix@St Matthews, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, SW2 1JF.

 Info: Practical advice and support, a meal, and emergency provisions.

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Southwark Day Centre Copleston Road Peckham, SE15 4AN Tuesdays 12.30 – 5.00 Rail & Tube: East Dulwich or Peckham Rye Buses: 37, 40, 176, 185, 484 & P13 Info: Lunch at 1pm. Advice from 2pm. Introductory level English classes 2pm-5pm. Movement/dance; women’s Group 2pm-3pm; men’s wellbeing group (incl. yoga and relaxation) 3.30pm-4.30pm. Crèche service 2pm-4pm.

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Greenwich Migrant Hub is a community voluntary project which runs a drop-in service every Tuesday 1.00-4.00pm based at the Greenwich Inclusion Project’s offices in Woolwich:  2nd Floor, Royal Sovereign House, Beresford St.,London SE18 6BF.  5 minutes’ walk from Woolwich Arsenal DLR or mainline station, Buses 161, 177, 180 and 472.  Tel: 07742 126160 (Tues Only).

The hub provides a social community space for migrant people and offers a range of free advice and information services to local migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Greenwich and surrounding boroughs. It works with a number of local agencies who provide free outreach advice at the hub every week. This mainly includes immigration advice, family law, women’s support, access to healthcare and employment mentoring. The agencies include Lewisham Refugee Migrant Network, Housing for Women, HER Centre, Healthwatch, MIND, Greenwich Housing Rights,  Central Asian and Afghanistan Association.

It aims to offer advocacy support, advice and information services about rights and entitlements and to provide ongoing practical, social and wellbeing help to vulnerable migrants in Greenwich and neighbouring boroughs. For more information email

Wandsworth Asylum Welcome St. Mary’s Church, Balham, High Road, Balham, SW12 9BS. Mondays 10.30am-2.00pm  Info: Advice on education, housing, benefits etc. Lunch, English classes, ICT and family learning. Travel costs for destitute clients. Outings in school holidays.

South London Refugee Association

Drop-in Centre

Mondays 10am – 2pm: St. Mary’s Church, Balham, High Road, Balham, SW12 9BS

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Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm: Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, London SW19 1SB

Info: Advice for asylum seekers and refugees, Immigration, Welfare and Benefits, Debt, Education
for children, Employment and Careers advice, English language classes, Family support. Travel costs
for destitute clients. Outings in school holidays.

Streatham drop-In Service For Refugees and Asylum Seekers 2 Mitcham Lane, SW16 6N. Thursdays and Fridays 10.00am – 2.00pm Info: Help with accessing services. English class. Lunch and crèche available.

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Southwark Day Centre Goldsmiths Road London, SE15 5TF Wednesdays 12.30 – 5.00 Tel: 020 7277 9799 Rail & tube: Peckham Rye or Queens Road Peckham Buses: 12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 136, 171, 177, 197, 343, 245, 363, 381, 436, P12 & P13 Info: 1.00 – lunch, 2.00pm– 4.00pm advice session, introductory level English classes, computer classes and a crèche service.

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Southwark Day Centre 100 New Kent Road London, SE1 Tel: 020 7740 6399 Thursdays 12.30 – 5.00 Rail & Tube: Elephant & Castle Buses: 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 343, 344, 360, 363, 415, 453, 468, C10 & P5 Info: Lunch at 12.30pm. Advice from 1.30pm. Introductory level English Classes from 1.30pm-3.30pm. Computer classes 2pm-4pm. Women’s art group 2pm- 3.30pm. There is also a crèche service available from 1.30pm-4pm.

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Croydon Refugee Day Centre West Croydon Baptist Church, (corner of St James and Whitehorse Road), Croydon CR0 2JH. Tuesday from 10am to 1pm. 5 mins walk from West Croydon Station and the bus station. Buses: 50, 75, 157, 468, or any bus terminating at West Croydon Bus station Trains & Trams: West Croydon. Info: A safe social space with tea, coffee and cake. A hot midday meal. A small weekly food parcel of non-perishable goods. Toiletries and household items. Clothing. A help desk and signposting service. Access to term-time English classes on Thursday morning. A play area for pre-school children. Please note: CRDC does not give out vouchers or reimburse travel expenses.

Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network: 1st floor Parker House, 144 Evelyn Street, Deptford SE8 5DD. 020 8694 0323. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Immigration advice, health access, English classes for beginners. Tuesdays 10am-12 noon and Fridays 1-3pm, more advanced beginners Mondays & Thursdays 1-3pm.

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