Refugee Support Organisations & Resources

Barnardo’s NI Refugee Support Service Neil McKittrick Tel: (028) 9067 2366 Email:

Belfast City Mission at the Bridge, Kimberley Street, Belfast BT7 3DY, UK engages in support activities alongside people seeking asylum, Willie Cowan, Mobile: 07491 692722

Belfast Friendship Club meets every Thursday evening, 7–9p.m., Common Grounds Café, University Avenue, Belfast and provides a safe space for people to socialise. Email:

Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre (BURC) ( volunteers provide English language learning opportunities for migrants, asylum applicants and refugees. Tel: (028) 9096 1111 Email:

Bryson Intercultural / Migrant Help assists people with applications for asylum, Linfield Industrial Estate, Block G, Unit 12 Weavers Court Business Park, Belfast BT12 5GH

Bryson Intercultural co-ordinates the Vulnerable Syrian Refugee Consortium and accepts donations and offers of help from the public. Contact Brendan Quail: Tel: (028) 9032 5835, ext 208, Email:

ESOL VPRS Co-ordination Point: Ligia Parizzi co-ordinates ESOL teaching to VPRS refugees in both the further education and community sectors. Email: Tel: (028) 9026 5233 Mob: 07814046391

ESOL NI website signposting English classes

Extern Multidisciplinary Homeless Support Team has advisers dedicated to helping new refugees. Tel: (028) 9033 0433

HAPANI (Horn of Africa People’s Aid NI) assists people from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, including refugees. Botanic House, 1–5 Botanic Ave. Belfast BT71JG Tel: (028) 9031 5778 Mob: 07413525951

Homeplus Drop in Centre provides a range of support services for destitute migrants, people in the asylum system and refugees, 113 University Street,
BT7 1HP, Tel: (028) 9031 1836 Mob: 07889 867610 Email:

International Meeting Point drop-in centre, run by the Presbyterian Church, has support services for people in the asylum system, and refugees. 133 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7AG.

Kiltonga Christian Centre Storehouse in Bangor provides services to the public including welcome packs and goods for the resettlement refugees from Syria. Tel: (028) 9146 7601 Mob: 07748 235009

Law Centre NI Immigration and Asylum Hub advises on law, including asylum and nationality law. Advice Line (028) 9024 4401

NICRAS (NI Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is a refugee-run support organisation. 143a University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP. Email: Tel: (028) 9024 6699. For more information visit the NICRAS website

Places of Sanctuary Ireland – part of the City of Sanctuary movement that builds a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Groups are working towards City of Sanctuary status in Belfast, Derry~Londonderry and Causeway (Coleraine, Ballymoney, Moyle and Limavady) areas.

Red Cross Belfast assists people in the asylum system, traces relatives and helps with the process of family reunion. Refugee Support Operations Manager, Ann Marie White, Email: Tel: (028) 9073 5350

Refugees Welcome aims to link people with a room to spare with people in the asylum system who need somewhere to stay. Email:

St Vincent De Paul supports people at their point of need, including refugees and asylum applicants. They welcome financial donations and goods sold in their shops can be turned into cash to assist refugees here and in Europe.

STEM (NIACRO, Sustaining Tenancies for people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds) project has support workers to help new refugees integrate in local communities. Tel: (028) 9032 0157

Storehouse Belfast assists people with food and material goods. Tel: (028) 9023 6333 (Local foodbanks throughout NI assist people living in their areas.)

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