About Us

Notre Dame Refugee Centre has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for more than 25 years, thanks to the generosity of those who share our aims and beliefs.


Based in Leicester Square, at the heart of Central London, Notre Dame Refugee Centre has been supporting refugees and asylum seekers for more than 25 years.

Originally, the charity was established by Notre Dame de France in 1996.  It was then registered as an independent charity in 2007.  We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity no. 1177990.

We aim to provide expert advice, support and casework on immigration, welfare and housing issues for refugees and asylum seekers from across London.  Many of our visitors are French-speaking, but we have welcomed visitors from more than 90 different countries over the five past years with speakers of many other languages.

We are available for refugees and asylum seekers regardless of nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or faith.  We continue to offer services in both French and English.

We work in partnership with Women for Refugee Women to provide specialist advice to the women in their network.

Our Immigration Advisers are registered with OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner)​ at Levels 1 to 3.

We are accredited by Advice Quality Standard.

Our People


Barbara Kentish (Chair)
Fr. Martin McAnaney
Elodie Brian
Fr. Hubert Bonnet-Eymard
Elizabeth Millar
Bishop Alan Stephen Williams
Rev. Desmond Hanrahan
Zoe Verhasselt
Alessandra Raja
Kate Davis


Director of Operations and Fundraising – Christina Ball
Senior Immigration Adviser – Brian Mitchell
Immigration Advisers – Marianna Boyd
Immigration Advisers – Alice Chalkley
Immigration Advisers – Lucy Katz
Support Services Coordinator – Nana Esi Siaw


Our Donors and Supporters - Lloyds Bank Foundation Logo
Trust for London Logo
Notre Dame de France Logo
The London Community Foundation logo
City Bridge Foundation Logo
29 May 1961
Garfield Weston Logo
Porticus Trust Logo
AB Charitable Trust
The Felix Project
Allen & Overy Logo
Sisters of Holy Child Jesus
Women for refugee women logo
London Catalyst Logo

Annual review

Every year we publish our Annual Review to demonstrate our impact and achievements over the year.

Download our Annual Review 2022-23