our door is open to all
(English and French are our working languages)
Notre Dame Refugee Centre
is an independent charity
in the heart of London’s West End.
Our door is open to all  asylum seekers and refugees and  we particularly specialise in support for French-speaking visitors.

Volunteer Vacancies

Volunteer Cook

We are looking for someone to help with preparing and cooking lunch for our cafe visitors on Mondays. The hours are between 9am and 2pm. Cooking lunch for the NDRC involves preparing a meat dish, a vegetarian dish, and rice for up to 100 people within a limited budget. Flexibility and a certain amount of creativity are useful traits. Whilst donations of meat and pasta are received, a small amount of shopping is necessary. Additionally, working with the administrator to order and maintain a cupboard of basic food items is important. This requires a person who can plan ahead with an eye to budget. You will be assisted by another volunteer, so will not be undertaking this task alone. Our lunch service sits at the heart of the centre, making this an exceptionally rewarding role.

If you are interested, please send your CV and a covering letter to Saskia (

Our staff and volunteers
welcome visitors for :

  • Advice on immigration, housing, benefits and employment

  • Immigration telephone advice line

  • Health and counselling services

  • English classes and one to one tuition, IT support, creative workshops

We run a Drop-In Café twice a week offering a warm welcome, a meal, and clothes.

We run a Drop-In Service on

Mondays and Thursdays.

Doors open at 08:30am

Advisers see clients on a strictly first come first served basis.

We do our best to see all those seeking advice on the same day. To be sure of an appointment it’s highly recommended to reach the Centre as early as possible and preferably by 8am. Please bring along any relevant documents.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, follow up advice is available by prior appointment with advice workers.

Free Immigration Advice Line
on Fridays between 10.30 – 13.30. Advice to individual migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and any organisations working with them.

The Centre’s street address is:
Maison Pierre Chanel
16 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7LE

There are many ways
of helping us.

Become a Friend of Notre Dame Refugee Centre by:


  • Making a donation (cash or good quality used clothes)

  • Being a volunteer 

  • Attending our events

  • Promoting a just society which includes everyone

Telephone Line Service
for free Immigration advice
On Fridays
between 10.30 – 13.30
Advice to individual migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Your donation will help us to give vulnerable people much-needed practical and emotional support.


September 26, 2019

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Recent posts

January 12, 2020

To read the BBC article which tells the story of a Notre Dame Refugee Centre volunteer and his long journey to a settled life click on the link below.

September 26, 2019

We raised a grand total of £9,631 at this years London Legal Walk! 

Huge thanks to all those who walked and everyone who donated.

June 17, 2018

Salim was a guest of Notre Dame Refugee Centre for the past six years. On Saturday, the 10th of June, he died  of cancer in hospital.

 He will be truly missed by all of us her...

June 7, 2018

(Article publié dans L’ECHO Magazine Juin-Septembre 2018)

Si l’on arrive au Centre des réfugiés au terme d’un long voyage, on y revient surtout pour se préparer à affronter un...

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Telephone Advice line (Fridays only) :

Fridays between 10.30 – 13.30.

Telephone no: 0207 440 2669


Maison Pierre Chanel

16 Leicester Square London WC2H 7LE

T. 020 7440 2668

Physical address :

Postal address :


5 Leicester Place
London WC2H 7BX

T. 020 7440 2668


Notre Dame Refugee Centre
5 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BX
T. 020 7440 2668

Advice line: 0207 440 2669  (Friday)

Registered charity no. 1177990

OISC No. N201800023