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What We Do

Support for Asylum Seekers is provided in many ways by many people in Lancaster and Morecambe.  Here are some things that are happening.


Initial Support

Private companies have been given a contract by the government to ‘distribute’ asylum seekers to different locations in the UK and to provide basic accommodation, usually in shared houses.  We aim to provide practical help for new arrivals and show them around town, register them with a doctor and dentist, help with legal matters and support their integration.


Ways in which we provide support

Read more about the initiatives by clicking the links below or using the drop-down on the main menu.


Drop-Ins for Help

Asylum seekers and refugees face many difficulties in a strange country: housing, benefits, getting a doctor, getting a bank account, negotiating the legal system.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all drop-ins have been suspended but there are a number of helplines you can contact:

      • RAIS Lancaster (Refugee Advocacy, Information and Support)
        The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX,  is currently closed.

Open:   Monday to Thursday 10am – 2pm
Phone: 07731 552259 (call or text)
Email:   [email protected] for advice.  Email in your language – they will translate it.


Because of Coronavirus most support services, including education, English, advice and information, and Lunch Drop-ins and meetings have been temporarily suspended.

If you are an asylum seeker or refugee in Lancaster and need help, please call these phone numbers:

Monday        07484686947
Tuesday        07483237596
Wednesday  07485180383
Thursday     07485180383
Friday           07484686947

For more information or a translation please visit the Global Link website.


Special Events

As well as the regular help talked about so far special events are also often arranged.  Parties, music, outings, swimming …


Our Partners

We’re not the only organisation helping asylum seekers and refugees in the Lancaster and Morecambe area, we have a host of partners who also provide some great services and initiatives.


And more..

If you have an area of expertise or an idea for something that might prove popular why not have a go?   We would be delighted to hear your ideas and offer what assistance we can in bringing it to life.  Contact [email protected]


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