If you are a
refugee or a person seeking asylum

Do you live in the Lewes district (East Sussex)?

If so, we would be happy to hear from you.

We cannot offer legal advice or provide housing, but we can try and help you find support if you need it.

We can help you learn English, and help your children with settling into school. We can tell you about all the other help that is available locally:

  • food banks
  • school uniform banks
  • benefits advice.

We also welcome members with lived experience of the asylum process to join us. Membership is free to anyone living in the Lewes area who has a refugee background.

You will receive our newsletters where you can read about our work, keep up-to-date with local and national campaigns and be invited to our meetings and events.

Find help in your local area


Voices in Exile offers support for refugees, asylum seekers and people without recourse to public funds. They run a regular advice line service for general advice and another for legal advice. They also offer practical support, especially if you are destitute.

The Hummingbird Project works with young refugees. It provides a learning space, 1:1 support, a social club and young leaders project.

The Migrant English Project gives free and informal English lessons. It also provides a safe meeting space for migrants.

Refugee Radio is a refugee and human rights organisation which provides general advice, mental health support and a wide range of refugee radio and local history projects.

Thousand 4 £1000 raises funds in interesting ways to help house people made homeless through forced migration. It also supports a cafe run by migrant chefs.

The Launchpad Collective works collaboratively to forge links between local businesses and refugees seeking employment. It provides job seeking support to those seeking work.


Hastings City of Sanctuary is part of the national Cities of Sanctuary network which can provide support to people seeking asylum and refugees in and around Hastings.

Hastings Buddy Project is a refugee & migrant-led charity supporting families and individuals from refugee backgrounds with their buddy programme, advocacy, and financial & emotional support.

Hastings Supports Refugees is not a registered charity but a group of people  who work to build a movement of welcome for refugees and everyone seeking sanctuary in Hastings and St. Leonards.

Together With Refugees


Eastbourne Networx states that their core aim is that no migrant, asylum seeker, refugee person or family in the Eastbourne area should lack a just and compassionate welcome, nor the opportunity to engage with local Christians who are willing to care for them and their needs.

Sanctuary Cafe, Eastbourne is a welcoming community offering access to immigration support, advice and English Conversation Classes. Every Friday morning 10 – 12 noon at: All Souls Church Hall, Wellesley Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 3RJ (entrance round the back of All Souls Church).


There are some national organisations that may be useful, e.g.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). Local CABx can help with advice on benefits, debt, housing etc.

Freedom from Torture provides specialist psychological therapy to help asylum seekers and refugees who have survived torture recover and rebuild their lives in the UK.

Refugee Action and Refugee Council are national organisations working to support and empower refugees and people seeking asylum. Both provide some advice and run projects in parts of the country.

Migrant Voice is a migrant-led organisation campaigning and offering training to help migrant people speak out with confidence.