LOSRAS welcomes refugees

What is LOSRAS?

LOSRAS is a local charity based in Lewes, East Sussex, founded in 2002, and run entirely by volunteers. LOSRAS is committed to supporting the cause of people seeking sanctuary through raising awareness, campaigning and responding to local need.

LOSRAS - losras locations
LOSRAS - 003A6354

SUPPOrting the welfare of
refugees & people seeking asylum in the Lewes District and beyond

We oppose the government’s current hostile environment, which we view as fundamentally racist and unjust. We aim to do all we can to promote racial justice and to counter racism in all its forms. Learning from people with lived experience of surviving our asylum system is a key principle underpinning our work.

Supporting host families and Ukrainian guests

LOSRAS helps provide support and guidance to the large number of host families and guests in the Lewes district under the government Homes for Ukraine (HfU) scheme. This builds on the experience we have as an organisation supporting the Syrian families who arrived in the Lewes district under the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

We can organise practical support through other organisations e.g., for food banks and school uniform. We also provide a range of advice and support for hosts, and potential hosts, and their guests. Other local groups with whom we work are Seaford for Ukraine and Lewes for Ukraine. 

LOSRAS can also support Ukrainians who are part of the Family Reunion Scheme.

There is a desperate need for hosts for Ukrainian guests; if you are interested in hosting a guest or guests, please contact:


Support for young people

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) funded by ESCC are offering a social prescribing approach to provide Ukrainian children and young people aged 5-16, living in East Sussex, access to funded positive activities of their choosing. The activities aim to help young people make personal progress, to improve emotional wellbeing, confidence and friendships. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers or support practitioners.

For more information please use this link:

One-to-one tuition and English language classes

LOSRAS runs classes and provides one-to-one tuition and works closely with the local college to provide English tuition. If you are in need of this support, do let us know.

Supporting Ukrainian Refugees


Raising awareness​​ / Campaigning​​ / Providing local support

LOSRAS - raise awareness icon


We raise awareness of issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees by holding open meetings, a regular newsletter, street stalls and work in schools.

LOSRAS - campaigning icon


As well as supporting national campaigns we also lobby our MP, organise local events and demonstrations and actively join with other like-minded, local campaign groups.

LOSRAS - local support icon

LOCAL Support

LOSRAS has a committed group of volunteers who visit refugee families and individuals, providing language and other support. We also co-ordinate a group of prison-visitors.


Become a member

LOSRAS is a membership organisation. We welcome new members who share our aims.


We rely on a body of volunteers who fulfil specific roles in the organisation.


All money donated goes directly to fund the work of the charity. We are all volunteers and have no paid staff.


Key dates for your diary


Film: green border

June 21st – 27th

Lewes depot

This award-winning film, directed by three-time Oscar Nominee Agnieszka Holland, draws on the real experiences of refugees journeying through the primaeval forest on the Polish-Belarusian border in order to seek asylum. Holland exposes the corruption that lies at the heart of Europe and the refugees caught up in the political turmoil.

It will be shown at The Depot from June 21st through to June 27th. See poster for detail and the Depot for showtimes: www.depot.org

LOSRAS - Screenshot 2024 03 11 at 17.43.24

LOSRAS stall to mark refugee week

June 22nd (10-12)

lewes precinct

To mark Refugee Week this year, the theme of which is ‘Our Home‘, LOSRAS (along with LDARA) will hold a stall in Lewes precinct on Saturday June 22nd to encourage people to engage with the current focus of our campaign work which is the new Fair Begins Here campaign organised under the umbrella of the Together with Refugees coalition. Do join us!

LOSRAS - Screenshot 2024 06 22 at 11.12.41

film night

July 16th (7-9 pm)

Hillcrest community centre, newhaven

A film night! Two short documentary films are being screened jointly by LOSRAS and Lewes District Anti-Racism Alliance.

Voices from Ipswich : a group of teenagers and young men from Africa explore what it is like to arrive and settle as a refugee in the UK. Some of the young film makers will be present to discuss the film.

We Depend on Each Other: four immigrant women discuss the mental health challenges they faced after arriving in Scotland.

Free but donations welcomed on the night.

Venue: Hillcrest Community Centre, Bay Vue Rd, Newhaven, BN9 9LH