NEWS

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 here as he was such a source of kindness and joy in our centre. Many people have shared their memories of him :

« Dear Salim, your noble face and kind smile will be missed at the centre. Oour deepest thoughts and prayers are with you «  Aurélie

«  Goodbye Salim,, We will miss your smile, your enthusiasm and your open mind. You will stay in our hearts for a long time »...

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 autre parcours du combattant. Sarah Hughes, directrice du centre, nous accueille au cœur de Leicester Square dans ce havre qui offre aux « sans-papiers », réfugiés ou demandeurs d’asile, plus qu’une aide juridique : visages, réconfort et ressources insoupçonnées. Une famille en sorte.

Sarah, vous dirigez le centre depuis quatre ans. Qu’est-ce qui fait selon vous la par...

May 24, 2018

A Great Thank You !!!

The Notre Dame Refugee Centre wishes to thank everyone of you for your involvement :

Thanks to the courageous 50 walkers who have visited London by the river or through the parks, the weather was with us !!

Thanks to all the fantastic donators : We have raised £8,600 which is a great success !

Let's keep up... why not reach £10,000 !

Donations can be still given to the Notre Dame Refugee Centre,
the link will remain open until August, so keep up the excellent work.

DONATE HERE

May 3, 2018

So many friends, visitors and volunteers generously gave their time and talents for this our third FRIENDS event at the other Notre Dame (the London campus of Notre Dame University, Indiana).

It is the perfect venue and the staff were immensely kind and welcoming.  The real life stories which came, unmediated, from four of our visitors moved everyone.  All four showed remarkable confidence in speaking to quite a large crowd in a formal setting: A arrived from DRC with very little English, and is now a regular volunteer; M from Iran, arrives in h...

May 3, 2018

The rolling out of Universal Credit in many areas of London has brought visitors to the centre seeking help to understand it, manage it and deal with the problems that occur during the long waiting period for the first payment.

Many of our visitors are using a second language, do not have their own computers and are not IT literate. Others who have managed their benefits well, before they were transferred to Universal Credit, experience anxiety and stress, fearing their Housing Benefit is not being paid to their landlord during the waiting perio...

May 1, 2018

Why are we walking?

The term “legal advice” is hard to explain to sponsors. Oddly, fundraising for homeless people’s charities is much easier but advice agencies are the front line when it comes to preventing and curing homelessness, especially for children and families.

The same applies for helping older housebound people, trafficked women and children, domestic slaves and severely disabled people.

Very few people know that legal advice centres help these people every day. It’s what they do!

On the 21st of May, the Notre Dame Refugee centre team i...

March 29, 2018

On March 22nd Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party visited the Centre with Azadeh Hosseini. Together they have been visiting Centres around the UK to better inform themselves about refugee and asylum issues, and in particular to promote their campaign to end indefinite detention.

Jonathan had taken the step of restricting himself to living on £5 a day for a week in solidarity with single asylum seekers receiving asylum support.

Azadeh is herself a refugee. They were impressed with the Centre’s activities and stayed for lunch in the ca...

March 8, 2018

- 1 full time and 5 part-time staff

- 1 consultant counsellor

- 4 advice workers

- 25 general café volunteers and 3 cooks

- 15 volunteers activity leaders

 (Health, ESOL, sewing, art, emplyment, website, drama/yog, massage..)

- 5 client volunteers

- An average 86 visitors on each of the twice weekly Drop In sessions​

- 7 newcomers each Drop In day​

- 1300 active Centre users​

- 81 different countries of origin​

- 48 clients granted Further or Indefinite Leave to Remain​

- 6 families reunited and further applications still pending​

- 22 benefits...

March 8, 2018

The survey consisted of a group consultation with 12 clients and an outside facilitator, and individual questionnaires completed by further 24 clients. There was a balance of men and women. All but one of the clients surveyed were from Francophone Africa, with by far the largest group (17) from DRC. They were asked to evaluate each service and suggest changes or improvements.


The Advice service is very much in demand, and long waiting times on drop-in days can be frustrating for clients, but the quality of the advice is generally regarded as ex...

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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