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.

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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

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

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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.

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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

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Saturday April 20th

Refugee Tales: walk with us – lewes  

The circular walk, organised by LOSRAS members for Refugee Tales, starts from Lewes Station at 11.00 so we suggest meeting at 10:30. Coffee is available at the station or at the nearby Depot Cinema. The walk will follow the River Ouse northwards before heading up to the South Downs. The path up is steep, but after that walking is easier, and there may be flapjacks as a reward for making it up the hill! We’ll go through woodland and open Downs to the beacon at Mount Harry, a great viewpoint, where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch.  After lunch it’s downhill all the way, following paths across the Downs and then taking a scenic route through the old market town of Lewes, past the Norman castle, back to the station.  There are toilets at the station and the Depot, but none on the walk. The length is 7.5 miles.

If you would like to join us, here is the Eventbrite page to register for the walk:



Saturday June 1st

annual LOSRAS plant sale!

Our annual fund raising plant sale will be held at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes, on Saturday June 1st from 9 -12 am.

Please bring any plants or cuttings with you on the day to donate for sale – or you can contact us to arrange pre-drop off. Do bring bags to carry your new plants away! There will be card reader payment facilities.

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June 17-23

refugee week

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”. From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to celebrate what our Our Home means to them.

More information to follow about Lewes based events.