This section aims to provide information on different services and projects aimed at improving asylum seekers and refugees' experience in Liverpool


The North Liverpool Citizens advice bureau offers advice on housing and benefits to asylum seekers and refugees.

Liverpool refugee action provides a one stop shop advice service on issues such as housing, education, health and destitution.

Remisus is a charity that provides housing and advice to refugees and asylum seekers in Liverpool.

Employment and training

Asylum link provides job training and support.  In addition to helping write CVs and search for jobs, they offer a 12 week program to help refugees learn new skills and increase their employability.

Blackburne house provides training and educational courses for women in IT, personal and professional development, health, construction, management and teaching.

Liverpool city council runs an ethnic minority employability project providing information and guidance to asylum seekers and refugees.


Asylum Link offers English classes to asylum seekers. This includes training in computing in English.

Liverpool Community College runs ESOL courses and offers language support on academic and vocational courses run by the college.

Toxteth Educational Trust offers a number of educational programs to raise the attainment of children, including asylum seekers.


Asylum link provides sexual health advice and HIV testing every Wednesday afternoon

The Family refugee support project offers psychotherapeutic support to refugee and asylum seeking families who are suffering from the affects of persecution and exile. They also run a horticultural project where they encourage families to work on the project's allotment. 

Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre and Post Natal Support Group provides advocacy and support around pregnancy issues. They give expectant mothers provisions for when they give birth, offer practical help such as with filling in forms and provide peer support.

The social inclusion team at Liverpool Central PCT provides access to healthcare. It also provides medical certificates for the purposes of immigration.


The Move on Refugee Advocacy project run by Refugee Action works with refugees who have been successful in their asylum claims. The project aims to help them to adjust to their new lives in the UK and help with issues such as housing and benefits.

Capacity building

Granby Toxteth Development Trust provides service to help improve the lives of people in Liverpool. They offer a wide variety of educational and employment focused courses. They also offer activities for young people.

The Refugee Parent Project run by Refugee Action provides support to refugee parents and their families. The aim is to assist with the family's varying needs under one roof. A mixture of advice and training sessions is provided.

Refugee Action also works on community development providing support to help refugee community organizations to flourish.

Wirral Change is a Black and Racial Minorities Outreach Service offering information, advice and guidance on jobs, education, training, self-employment, health and wellbeing, for racial minority people on the Wirral.

Community cohesion

Liverpool City Council has a three year community cohesion action plan in place which aims to address not only issues of race and ethnicity, but also gender, age, sexuality and disability. The aims of the plan are:

‘Building a sense of pride and encouraging a sense of belonging'

‘Promoting greater understanding between different communities'

‘Engaging and supporting young people'

‘Addressing social conflicts and tensions'

‘Mainstreaming community cohesion'


Last Updated: 16/04/10


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