A list of the organisations which support those from different countries living in the UK including asylum seekers.
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Local support for Muslim women
Our members on a voluntary not-for-profit basis provide Support / Counselling services to muslim women who are in need. Whether it is someone in need of advice, living alone or facing tough times. We also work with social services and local councils to assist Muslim women whenever they need us.
Over the years we have made a difference in the lives of many women who have fallen on tough times or in need of moral support. And have succeeded in uplifting them, providing support and any other assistance to help them find their feet and improve the quality of their lives. We maintain complete confidentiality.
We constantly endeavour to help raise public awareness and empower muslim women through the power of knowledge and strength of community.
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Compton Walk, Off St. Mary’s Road
Southampton, SO14 0BH
Asian and ethnic community radio.
Studio phone number: 023 80 227 977
Text Us: 0741 569 8678
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Listen online here: www.awaazfm.co.uk
The Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA) was established in 2002, with a view to meet the needs of the minority Asian Community in Eastleigh, who were often isolated and had poor access to information about services and resources in the community and their place in it.
It had a particular focus on older people from those communities and this continues through the Asian Elders Group.
African Caribbean Groups
African Caribbean Centre Website
Trinity Road, Southampton, SO14 0BE
Aula de Espanol en Hampshire
Local Spanish group which promotes the spanish language and culture to the whole community. Weekly Spanish lessons for children and adults. Flamenco and Salsa workshops. Lessons run every Friday at Wildern School, Hedge End, SO30
But I don´t speak English
If you don´t speak English well, the agency you are dealing with (police, social worker, advice organisations) should offer you an interpreter; ask for this if it is not offered to you.
If you are unhappy with the interpreter or are afraid they may not treat what you say in confidence, ask the agency to find another interpreter.
Access to Communication
Provides translation and interpreting services
Telephone: 023 8024 1300 or
Telephone: 023 8024 1301
Chinese Association of Southampton
- To promote the Chinese art, culture and traditions to the general public.
- To improve the quality of life for Chinese people living in and around the city of Southampton.
- To actively encourage our members to seek a better understanding of other cultural groups in Southampton.
City Life Education and Action for Refugees (CLEAR) works with refugees and asylum seekers. It provides advice and support, English language and other courses such as ICT and Employment Advice and a Work Club.
Advice drop-in: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm | Fridays 10am- 1pm
Work Club: Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tel: 02380 221111
Address: CLEAR, 11 Queensway, Southampton, SO14 3BL
A list of English classes and conversation groups in the Southampton area is available on the Language Class website
Employment Access Centre
Help with validating overseas qualifications through UK NARIC – the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide.
Drop-in: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm / 1pm- 4pm | Wednesdays 1pm-4pm
Tel: 02380 223345
Address: Wheatsheaf House, 24 Bernard Street, Southampton, SO14 3AY
Advice and information service for people from the new East European states who have joined the European Union since 2004 (known as the A10). 8 countries joined in 2004, the largest of which is Poland. A further two countries joined in 2007- Romania and Bulgaria.
Advice and help for all East Europeans in the United Kingdom to properly integrate with the British system whilst at the same time retaining their own culture.
Moving to another country can be scary and daunting. At Lighthouse we are here to help make that transition of moving to the United Kingdom easier by providing useful advice and help.
• Need help talking to your local City Council about any subject?
• Need help talking to Social Services or the Police?
• Need help completing any claim forms or important letters?
• Do you have problems with your landlord or agent?
• Do you have problems finding better accommodation?
• Do you have problems finding the right school for your children?
The Monitoring Group
Over the next 2 years TMG will extend its service to Southampton and Portsmouth area and cover the two major cities in Hampshire County with BME population over 27,000. Despite continually supporting Chinese victims of race hate crime, our service will be extended to support all the BME victims of race hate crime across the region. We will be:
- Providing a casework service in Southampton and Portsmouth Working with agencies across the region to develop a hate crime forum
- Providing hate crime casework training for the statutory and voluntary agencies in the region
- Participating and making contributes to the work of local multi-agency forums concerned with racial violence and harassment
- Developing National Helpline and train the volunteers
- Organising cultural event and promoting a wider understanding of the diversity in the region
Multi Agency Group on Racial Harassment (MAGRH)
MAGRH can help organisations develop strategies to deal with incidents and all of us should be committed to tackle racism.
Jayanti Shah, Chair of The Multi- Agency Group for Racial Harassment:
Tel: 07710 118112
Holy Trinity church in Millbrook Road
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
In Health Advice section where you will find readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts.
Language selection available to read information:
Southampton Ethnic Minority Service
The Ethnic Minority Service offers a service where Bilingual Assistants can support access to the curriculum and home, using their first /home language. We work in partnership with schools to meet the needs of bilingual learners and ethnic minority pupils at the risk of underachieving. The service also offers training and advice on how to make education more inclusive and provide cultural talks and Language taster sessions in schools. Click on image to download:
Southampton and Winchester Volunteer Group (SWVG)
SWVG is a small registered charity that befriends asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area. They provide one to one, personal and practical support, as well as financial support for those made destitute by government policy.
Tel: 07503 176350
Southampton New Communities
Online resource focused on Southampton for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Yellow Door BME Outreach Project
This is a tailored support service for adults and young people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups including Refugees and Asylum Seekers and New Communities in Southampton who have experienced sexual abuse and/or assault.
Our team consists of professionally trained counsellors who between them can speak in French, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. We can also make arrangements to provide services via interpreters.
Address: We provide our counselling services from a confidential address near the city centre.
Helpline: 02380 636313
Sunday: 19:00pm – 22:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tel: 023 8063 6312
TWICS is a community training organisation based in Southampton offering a regular programme of courses that are affordable, accessible and, where possible, appropriately accredited.
TWICS has a team of committed staff and a bank of freelance, expert trainers of the highest quality and are very experienced in their field.
TWICS has an active network and has established contacts with other groups and organisations in Southampton to facilitate learning and personal progression.
We have expertise in community arts and crafts, community development work and community development work training with an established national reputation.
Telephone: 023 8067 1111
Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre,
Hampton Park Way,
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