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Health and Community Resources

This website is for asylum seekers and refugees in order to help you find some resources so that you can get what you need to feel safe, happy and settled in the UK.

Welcome to Brighton and Hove, a City of Sanctuary for refugees, in order to provide you with resources that will help you when you first arrive, and in the next few months. We hope that you will be able to find safety and settle down to your new life soon.

This website is divided into the main categories that you might need help with. Click on the heading to find further information.




Asylum seeker, Refugee and migrant organisations

There are both national and local organisations focused on assisting, helping and supporting Asylum seekers, Refugees and Migrants. Please check with your mobile provider for the cost to call the telephone number below, as some may charge you to call them.


National organisations


Amnesty International UK

Address: Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC24 3EA

Contact Number: 02070331777

Email address: sct@amnesty.org.uk

Website: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/AmnestyUK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amnestyuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amnestyuk

Amnesty International is an organisation focused on human rights, they aim to improve and protect the lives of women, men and children. It is the largest grassroot human rights organisation in the world. Amnesty International is working in the UK to ensure a fair and effective asylum seeker system and migrants and refugees are treated with dignity and respect. Their work includes research, developing proposals to the government, advocating and intervening in important court cases to ensure the best evidence based on human rights conditions are being used.

While also being a national organisation, local groups are at the centre of Amnesty International UK. There is a group located in Brighton and Hove, who hold meetings, both online and in person, to discuss supporting human rights. To find out about upcoming meeting times and dates, check their website or social media pages:


British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is the largest independent organisation in the UK providing services for asylum seekers and refugees. They offer multiple services to assist those in the asylum process, including casework, one to one support, help to reunite families in the UK and special services for children and families.

Local groups are key to the establishment and running of the British Red Cross. The area of Sussex has its own Red Cross local organisation that helps refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Contact number: 01622625112

Email: RsSussex@redcross.org.uk


Conversation Over Borders

Conversation Over Borders provides English & Befriending, Digital Inclusion and Mental Health & Wellbeing support and advice to refugees and asylum seekers across the UK. They are based in East Sussex and support individuals online nationally.


Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture are a UK organisation that assist and support those who have survived torture in the UK, as well as promoting and protecting their rights. They provide clinical services to help individuals who have suffered from torture to recover, they also provide an interpreting service for their services, if needed.


Friends, Families and Travellers

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Helpline: 01273234777 (Open 10am-4:30pm Monday to Friday).

Email: fft@gypsy-traveller.org

Website: https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/FriendsFamiliesandTravellers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/friendsfamiliesandtravellers/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GypsyTravellers

Friends, Families and Travellers is the leading national organisation working to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the UK. They provide a wide range of support to individuals and families that matter most to them.


Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

Address: The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD

Telephone number: 01293 657070

Website: https://www.gdwg.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/GatDetainees/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GatDetainees

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group is an organisation that provides emotional and practical support to those who are detained at Tinsley House and Brook House detention centres.


Migrant Help

Contact number: 01304203977

Helpline number: 08088010503

Email address: info@migranthelpuk.org

Website: https://www.migranthelpuk.org/

Migrant Help is an organisations aimed to support asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. They offer a 24/7 helpline, open all year round, offering a wide range of advice and guidance to help through the asylum process. You can contact this organisation regarding issues outside the asylum process including maintenance issues, request for assistance and asylum payment issues. It is possible to read their website in your native language and to request for an interpreter on the phone. This line is a key service for individuals requiring help with their asylum claim or support.


Rainbow Migration

Address: 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR

Contact number: 020279227812

Email: hello@rainbowmigration.org.uk

Website: https://www.rainbowmigration.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/RainbowMigration

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rainbowmigration/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rainbowmigrants

Rainbow Migration is an organisation offering practical and emotional support to LGBTQI+ individuals seeking asylum in the UK.


Refugee Action

Refugee Action is a national organisation focused on helping asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK. They provide help and advice on issues regarding the asylum process and signpost you to further specific services.


Refugee Council

Head office location: The Refugee Council, PO Box 68614, London E15 1NS.

General enquiries telephone number: 02073466700

Infoline number: 08081967272

Email: info@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Website: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/refugeecouncil

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/refugeecouncil/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/refugeecouncil

The Refugee Council is a UK based organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Offering practical support and advice for men, women and separated children. They also offer a freephone infoline that can connect you with relevant information and services to avoid or reduce crisis. This line is open Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursday between 9:30am and 12:30pm. They also offer a wide range of services from resettlement, health, employment, homelessness to children and young people. To find more about these services explore their website.


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Address: 10 Furnival Street, London, EC4A 1AB

Contact number: 02037619500

Email: gbrlo@unchr.org

Website: https://www.unhcr.org/uk/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland.html

UNHCR is an international organisation who leads and coordinates actions to protect refugees worldwide. Its aim is to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless individuals, through advocating, guardian and training local authorities. The organisation ensures that everyone has the right to seek asylum in another state.


Local organisations

Articulate

Address: Articulate HQ, 3 Arlington Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 8QE

Contact number: +44 (0)7967719137

Email: hello@articulate.global

Website: https://www.articulate.global/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/articulate.global/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/articulatearts/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arts_articulate

Articulate is a registered charity focused on creating safe spaces for children and young people who have faced or continue to face tough challenges in their lives. Through creating safe places they help young people creatively express, explore and enjoy themselves through art.


Best Foot Music

Address: Sirius 2, The Boardwalk, Brighton Marina, BN2 5ZE

Email: music@bestfootmusic.net

Website: https://www.bestfootmusic.net/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/BestFootMusicPage/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bestfootmusic/

Best Foot Music works in collaboration with musicians who have moved to the UK from around the world, their aim is to create social cohesion through the avenue of music. Activities include: Collectively working with musicians from across the globe with their diverse heritages; Documenting and supporting music made by refugees and migrants; Booking artists for events held by other organisations and Event production.


Brighton Migrant Solidarity

Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a campaign group that works to support migrants within Brighton & Hove and beyond. They welcome those with experience of fleeing conflict or seeking asylum to all their meetings and events.


Calais Action

Calais Action Brighton is a grassroots organisation with the aim of supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the Calais Camp and Northern France. They hold regular events to collect practical aid and volunteers travel to France to support organisations on the ground.


Community Works

Address: 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234023

Website: https://www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/

Email: info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/bhcommunityworks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bh_cw

Community Works is an organisation with the aim of making the local community better. They connect charities, volunteers and business; they can also help you find volunteering opportunities in all sectors including helping refugees and migrants, in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing area.


Eastbourne Networx

Postal Address: Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE

Email: networxeb@gmail.com

Website: http://www.eastbournenetworx.org/

A group of local individuals in Eastbourne with the aim of providing daily needs and integration to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. They work with other organisations in Eastbourne to provide an encouraging and welcoming environment.


Enthum House

Contact number: +44(0)7739415185 or +44(0)1323725104

Email: info@enthumfoundation.org

Website: https://www.enthumfoundation.org/

Enthum House is a charity based in Eastbourne which provides a safe and sustainable home for unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16-18 year old, especially young men. Developed from their work in the Calais Jungle, an unofficial refugee camp in Northern France, they provide people-centric support to young people helping them to build resilience and integrate into the local community.


Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird Project was established to help assist refugees in Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps. Since the camp's closure, the organisation now works to assist young refugees and asylum seekers, in Brighton. They run a youth club every Monday at the BMEC centre fleet street, between 5pm-7pm. Young people can drop in and meet new people in the area. They also offer individual support, with experienced staff who have worked with at-risk young people who have been forced to be on the move. The organisation also runs a young leaders programme, to help young refugees develop confidence and Hummingbird Learning Space providing 1-2-1 educational support.


Jollof Cafe

Address: West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue, Brighton, BN1 3PS

Email: brimigsol@riseup.net

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/jollofcafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jollof.cafe/...

Jollof Cafe is a project of Brighton Migrant Solidarity, run by refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants providing a space where everyone can come together to socialise over lunch. The food is a pay as you feel system, where all proceeds go to Brighton Migrant Solidarity’s immigration legal and destitution funds.


Lewes Actions for Refugees

Lewes Actions for Refugees connects projects, volunteers and people with individuals working with refugees in camps in Calais and wider Europe.


Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS).

Address: c/o Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, BN7 2QS

Email: info@losras.org

Website: https://losras.org/

LOSRAS aims to support asylum seekers and refugees through advocacy, raising awareness and providing practical help, in Lewes and Eastbourne. They aim to provide a befriending and language support service to refugees and asylum seekers. Membership is open to those who support the organisation's aims and they hold regular open meetings.


Migrant And Refugee Solidarity (MARS)

MARS is an activist network established by students, teachers and workers at the University of Brighton in solidarity with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants seeking a safer place. Contact MARS if you want information, contacts or you have any ideas you would like to share. They are keen to utilise their academic skills and links with actors in Britain and abroad.


Migrant English Project

Address: Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG.

Email: mepbrighton12@gmail.com

Website: https://mepbrighton.com/

The Migrant English Project holds free and informal English classes to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the Brighton and Hove area every Monday between 10:30am-3:30pm. It aims to reduce isolation among migrants through creating a space where people gain the skills and confidence in both written and spoken English.


Refugee Radio

Address: 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234868

Email: infor@refugeeradio.org.uk

Website: https://refugeeradio.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/RefugeeRadioUK/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/refugeeradio?lang=enr

Refugee Radio runs a weekly mental health support group for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. They are also committed to producing a radio with refugees and asylum seekers with the aim of sharing their stories.


Robin Hood Health Foundation

Address: WellBN, 18-19 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AE

Contact number: 01273 712175

Email: contact@robinhoodhealth.org

Website: https://www.wellbn.co.uk/healing-arts/hera (new website in development)

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/herapartnership/

Twitter: @HeraPartnership

RHHF offers individual time with a Link Worker to help you access health, advice and other services. We also offer a range of creative groups in our Hera and Minding the Margins programmes that are designed to support your mental and physical health, and connect you to others in the community. We are based in a doctor's practice on Western Road, but anyone in Brighton & Hove who lives with ongoing health worries can access our programmes.


Sanctuary Cafe

Address: Wellesley Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3RJ

Contact number: 07876388782

Email: hellosanctuarycafe@gmail.com

Website: https://www.sanctuarycafeeastbourne.com/

Sanctuary Cafe is an organisation based in Eastbourne, providing a warm and welcoming community for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. They offer access to immigration support, advice, signposting and English Conversation Classes, running every Friday between 10am-12pm.


Sanctuary on Sea

Sanctuary on Sea is an organisation working with business, individuals and organisations to foster a welcoming and safe environment for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The organisation consists of other groups mentioned here, and has regular dialogue with Brighton & Hove city Council to maintain a city of sanctuary. The organisation coordinates Brighton &Hove Refugee Week, which runs annually every June and aims to celebrate the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees and asylum seekers.


Student Action For Refugees (STAR).

STAR is a national charity of 12,000 students working to welcome asylum seekers and refugees to the UK. Since 2014, the University of Sussex has had their own STAR group, thanks to their campaigning efforts the University of Sussex's management now offer two full scholarships to students with Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK. The local STAR group meets regularly to volunteer at local refugee projects, campaign to improve the lives of refugees, provide education to people about refugees and asylum seekers, and to fundraise.


Sussex Interpreting Services

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG.

Contact number: 01273 702 005

You can leave a message in your first language using our Virtual Switchboard and we will get back to you.

Website: https://sussexinterpreting.org.uk/

The website is powered by google translate. There are also dedicated information pages with accessible translations in 18 languages: Service Users - Sussex Interpreting Services This includes information on how you can self-refer your health or social care appointment: English - Self Referral Form - Sussex Interpreting Services

Email: info@sussexinterpreting.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/sis.interpreting.services

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Services provides a range of support services free to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. This includes emergency interpreting for hospitals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our details are held by staff in hospitals. If you need an interpreter please ask staff to call us and we will provide an interpreter on site within an hour, or over the phone within a few minutes.

Our aim is to bridge the communication gap of language, culture and information. Services they provide include interpreting, translation work, health and community advocacy. You can view the full range of services available here: Services - Sussex Interpreting Services


Sussex Refugee Solidarity

Sussex Refugee Solidarity was established by parents in Sussex, with the aim to help refugees resettle in the East and West Sussex area. On their forum, they highlight and signpost events and organisations which can help refugees.


Trust for Developing Communities

TDC works with people and groups from culturally and ethnically diverse communities. We provide support for community groups to flourish, which in turn supports the well-being of their members. We also support individual people by connecting them with other services.

If you need support with your well-being, call the freephone UOK helpline on 0808 196 1768. It is open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.

If you are part of a group and would like to talk to us about your group’s wellbeing, we would love to hear from you. Tel: 01273 234769

We are a proud part of UOK Brighton and Hove. UOK is a citywide network of organisations that work in different ways to support people's well-being. We work closely with our partner the Hangleton and Knoll Project to provide support to groups.


Thousand 4 £1000

Thousand 4 £100 is a charity which pools together small donations to provide temporary housing for migrants without a documented right to reside in the UK. They regularly attend the Jollof Cafe, offering advice to refugees and migrants. The Jollof Cafe is the first point of contact for anyone seeking help from Thousand 4 £1000


The Links Project

Address: Central Hall, 6B Station Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1NG

Address: All Souls Church Hall, Wellesley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3RJ

Contact number: 07752495508

Website: http://hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/member/3465

The Links Project is a multi-agency support and advice project for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in East Sussex. They run a weekly drop-in at Central Hall in Hastings on Wednesday between 11am-3pm. They also attend a drop-in service at Eastbourne every Friday 10am-12pm and provide phone support during the week. These services aim to provide access to support and advice in a range of areas including healthcare, immigration advice and welfare benefits.


Voices in Exile

Address: Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP

Contact Number: 01273328598

Website: https://www.voicesinexile.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonvoicesinexile/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesinexile/

Voices in Exile offers practical and legal support, including general to specialist immigration advice up to OISC Level 2. The services are for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants who have no access to public funds or cannot afford private legal advice in East and West Sussex and Surrey. They also provide advice outside the legal field, including Welfare, housing, homelessness and children/adult community care.

They operate two advice phone lines on 0127308205: Tuesday between 1:30-3:30pm is the Immigration Advice Line for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with no access to legal aid. Thursday 2-4pm is the Generalist Advice Line open to offering support with housing, community, welfare, destitution.

You can also contact Voices in Exile by email for advice on both the legal support or general support at advice@voicesinexile.org

They run three weekly groups that focus on supporting Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with life in Brighton. These groups run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am-1pm. If you are interested in these groups or want more information, contact Hayat Shehab via email hayat.shehab@voicesinexile.org or phone 0736712855


Worthing 4 Refugees

Worthing 4 Refugees is a local Christian group who welcomes refugees to Worthing. Their aim is to make Worthing a place of safety, integration and justice for refugees. Working together with West Sussex County Council, Worthing Borough Council, The Good Faith Partnership and the Home office, they have begun welcoming Syrian refugee families into Worthing and helping them integrate with their local community.




Mental Wellbeing and Mental Health

If you are experiencing a crisis with your mental health, then the first place of contact is your local GP surgery so you can talk this over with a doctor or a practice nurse, and they can refer you to the relevant mental health service for assessment, and if appropriate give you some medication. It is important to know that being unwell mentally will not affect your application for asylum, and anything you tell the doctor will not be repeated to your family. Your appointment is private and confidential.

If you are at risk of harming yourself or others and require immediate attention, then please contact the emergency Mental Health Rapid Response Service on 03003040078. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Mental wellbeing


Brighton Womens Centre

Brighton Women's Centre offers support to all self-identifying women in Sussex, including asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. They run a variety of programmes, focused on helping women lead independent lives by reducing inequalities and promoting independence in a women-only safe place and women specific services. Services include, support services, toyBox project, womens counselling, accommodation support and holistic Therapy.

They also run well-being activities and women’s peer to peer support groups, designed to create a safe place, developing new skills, relationships, and improving your engagement in the local community. If you are interested, please take a look at their website to understand more of what they offer


Conversation Over Borders

Postal Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Contact number: +447871387035

Email: wellbeing@converstationoverborders.org

Website: https://www.conversationoverborders.org/

Conversation Over Borders is an asylum seeker and refugee organisation focused on bringing people together. They run an online Wellbeing Project, which include weekly peer-to-peer support groups; for Arabic speakers, for women, for parents and a mixed group for all. As well as a Tea & Talk session, where individuals join to play a game in an informal setting. The aim is to bring individuals together and build a community in the UK. If you are interested then please use the information above to contact the organisation.


Holding Space

Address: Suit 1B, Faraday House, 1 Faraday Close, Eastbourne, BN22 9BH

Contact number: 01323315005

Email: contact@holdingspace.org.uk

Website: https://www.holdingspace.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/Eastbourneholdingspace

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastbourneholdingspace/

Hold Space is a charity supporting family mental health in East Sussex. Supporting parents/carers whose children are struggling with mental health, providing safe and informal spaces for parents/carers to come together.


Men in Sheds

A non-refugee based organisation that aims to offer men a welcoming space for skill-sharing and informal learning. It is a place of leisure where men come together to work on a mixture of visual arts projects. Run by Fabrica, the project aims to reduce isolation and nurture mental health and wellbeing in men from all over Brighton and Hove. If you are interested, you can either send an email or message them on their social media pages.


Migrants Welcome Project at Voices in Exile

Address: Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP

Contact Number: 01273328598

Website: https://www.voicesinexile.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonvoicesinexile

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesinexile/

Voices in Exile run three weekly groups for refugees and asylum seekers, focused on providing support on:

  • Learning about useful services, interesting places and fun activities in Brighton and Hove.
  • Practising English.
  • Building connections and connecting with friends.
  • Improve your wellbeing and health.
  • Support with accessing digital advice and using the internet.
  • Building confidence using public transport.
  • Developing your skills and employability.
  • Learning about other groups and volunteering opportunities

These groups run between 10am-1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can only join one group. For more information or to express interest in attending any of these groups please contact Hayat Shehab on the contact information below:

Email: hayat.shehab@voicesinexile.org

Contact Number: 0736712855


Refugee Radio

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234868

Email: info@regugeeradio.org.uk

Website: https://refugeeradio.org.uk/

Refugee Radio runs a weekly mental health support group for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants suffering from stress and especially those with PTSD. The project also runs regular social activities, aimed to assist your mental health. If you are interested in joining, please use the contact details above to express interest.


Robin Hood Health Foundation

Address: WellBN, 18-19 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AE

Contact number: 01273 712175

Email: contact@robinhoodhealth.org

Website: https://www.wellbn.co.uk/healing-arts/hera (new website in development)

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/herapartnership/

Twitter: @HeraPartnership

RHHF offers individual time with a Link Worker to help you access health, advice and other services. We also offer a range of creative groups, including cooking/recipe sharing, art and dance. These are designed to support your mental and physical health, and connect you to others in the community. We can access NHS interpreters to help people take part.


Mental health


Boloh Helpline

Helpline: 08001512605

Website: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/

A service provided by Barnardos, Boloh is a helpline offering emotional support, advice and free therapy to adult asylum seekers and Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic parents. They can also help you access health services and find community support. The free helpline is open Monday-Friday between 10am - 8pm and on Saturday between 10am - 3pm.


Brighton Exiled/Refugee Trauma Project [BERTS]

Contact number: 07961779010

Email: s.r.munt@sussex.ac.uk

Website: https://brightonandhovecbt.com/BERTS.html

BERTS is a specialist service for serious mental health treatment, hosted by Brighton & Hove CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). They provide free specialist trauma counselling and psychotherapy to refugees and asylum seekers, to help them come to terms with their relocation in the UK, after what can be a very difficult experience for themselves and their family in their country of origin. You need to be referred to this service by either your doctor or social worker.


Sussex Interpreting Services - Health Promotion Programme

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG.

Contact number: 01273702005

Email: info@sussexinterpreting.org.uk

Website: https://sussexinterpreting.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/sis.interpreting.services

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Services has volunteer linguists who reach out to excluded individuals and communities, access Sussex, to explain what health services are available and how to access them. They also support people, whose first language is not English, to make appointments, understand correspondence, fill out and understand health forms and information.


Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service is a part of the local NHS primary healthcare service, it provides therapeutic support to those suffering from mental health but who do not need hospitalisation. Having specialised programmes for children, young adults, and adults, the Wellbeing Service is free to anyone, including refugees and asylum seekers, with a postcode beginning with BN1, BN2, BN3, or BN41. There are two ways to be referred to this service, via a GP or via a form that can be downloaded from their website.


Wellbeing Centres

Southdown runs 7 wellbeing centres across East Sussex, including Eastbourne and Lewes providing community-based mental health and wellbeing support to adults 16 years and older. They offer one to one support and group meetings both in person and online, to develop personal wellbeing plans and support. You can be self-referred to this support or referred to by a healthcare professional, for information on their centres and the referral form, please look at their website.


Mental health support


Cruse Bereavement Support

Cruse Bereavement Support a national charity helping to support those who are grieving a loved one. They offer a wide range of support including online chat, a national helpline and one to one support, in East Sussex, including Brighton & Hove.

To access their free helpline, call 08088081677 open: Monday: 9:30am-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am- 8pm, Friday: 9:30pm-5pm, Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 2pm.

To get access to their one to one support, please contact the local branch on 01273234007.


Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Based in Brighton, this service has created a free app, called StayAlive app. It includes access to national crisis support helplines and Sussex services. As well as, strategies and an wellness plan to cope or recover from suicidal thoughts or actions. The app is available from the App store, Google Play and at stayalive.


Mind

Mind is a national charity with the aim of providing advice and support to empower individuals experiencing mental health problems. They do this through a variety of means including campaigning to improve services and raise awareness. Mind operates different services depending on the location. Look below to find your local mind;

Mind Brighton & Hove

Address: 51 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ

Contact number: 01273666950

Email: info@mindcharity.co.uk

Website: https://www.mindcharity.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MindBrighton

Mind Brighton & Hove is the local branch of the national charity which aims to promote good mental health across Sussex. They offer a wide range of services from peer mentoring to wellbeing support services, with the aim of empowering people.


Mind West Sussex

Address: The Gateway, 8-10 Durrington Lane, Worthing, BN13 2QS

Contact number: 030030305652

Email: helppoint@westsussexmind.org

Website: https://www.westsussexmind.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WestSussexMind

Mind West Sussex operates in Chanctonbury, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Worthing, and Southwick. They offer a wide range of services from befriending and one-to-one support.


Pathfinder Support Hub

Address: 8-10 Durrington Lane, Worthing, BN13 2QG

Contact number: 03003035352

Email: helppoint@westsusexmind.org

Website: https://www.westsussexmind.org/whats-on/whats-in-in-worthing

Pathfinder Support Hub is the lead provider for West Sussex Mind. They offer face-to-face and online individual sessions and group sessions. They can provide you with a variety of support, as well as offering social activities to build confidence in your recovery journey.


Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity that offers a 24/7, nationwide, telephone helpline, which offers an anonymous safe place to discuss any mental health worries or thoughts. They may offer some advice but they are mainly focused on exploring how you feel. This service also offers translation and interpretation services provided by the UK’s Department Immigration and Border Protection, for Non English speakers. To access this service all you need to do is ring Samaritan's normal number and ask the person that you would like to use this service. You can still remain anonymous using this service.


Staying Well Services

Contact number: 0800 023 6475 (select option 3)

Website: https://www.southdown.org/services/staying-well-space/

Offers free out of hours mental health prevention service, operating 7 days a week, all year round. This is a telephone service that provides you with a recovery advisor to tailor support to your needs, across East Sussex.


Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The most common emotional difficulties people experience when fleeing conflicts in their home country are anxiety, grief, depression and trauma. We want to support you to understand and manage your feelings and access the right services to help you .

We have lots of information about our services and support, here: Emotional support for refugees | Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

For a free, confidential conversation about your mental health and wellbeing please call: 0300 00 20 060


Brighton & Hove Assessment and Treatment Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

If you are struggling with your mental health your doctor might make an appointment for you with the Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS). You cannot make an appointment for this yourself, it is only available through your doctor. The ATS helps people over the age of 18 who are experiencing significant distress from their mental health problems and people who are feeling very vulnerable. You will see a trained mental health professional for an assessment who will talk with you about your difficulties and what help you might benefit from. You may go on to see a nurse, doctor, therapist or psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker to help you recover and manage better. Or, you may be given advice and guidance about other services who can support you better.




Physical health and Wellbeing


What an asylum seekers/refugee is entitled to from the NHS

An asylum seeker or refugee is entitled to healthcare provided by the NHS. The NHS can provide you with an interpretation service. You will have to inform each healthcare professional who will check on the interpretation booking process.

If you are an asylum seeker you will have been issued a HC2 certificate when you first receive support and housing from the UK Home Office. This will allow you to access some NHS services free of charge. There may be some variations into what a HC2 form can grant you access to, depending on the service. This will be mentioned in each section.

You can also receive a HC2 certificate if you:

  • are refused asylum seeker (someone whose claim has been denied and all subsequent appeals were unsuccessful)
  • Have limited leave to enter or remain subject to a condition that prevents you from access to public funds
  • Have no leave to remain in the UK at the present time (undocumented).

In times of emergency please call 999. This line will connect you with a trained call handler who will ask questions and guide you on the next actions depending on the situations.


General Practice (GP)

A General Practice (GP) is a doctor that can treat all common medical conditions and refer you to the hospital or specialist care if needed. Refugees and asylum seekers can see a GP for free without any charges with a HC2 form

To register with a GP, you can use the NHS GP search engine to find a one near you. Click here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp. You then enter your postcode, which will bring up a list of GP’s near you.

Once you have found a GP you would like to attend, you can register with them online, on their website, by simply filling out your details and completing a short questionnaire on your medical history. After this, you will receive either an email or a text confirming your registration. It might take a while for the GP to process your information so you might not be able to access the GP straight away but the practice will inform you when you can.

If you cannot register online, then you can contact the GP either by phone or email to ask to be registered as a patient. They might ask you to fill out a GMS1 form, which asks for your information and medical history.

If they do ask for a GMS1 form, you can find the link here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gms1

You do not need proof of ID to register with a GP, but it might help if you have one of the following:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • HC2 Certificate
  • Hostel or accommodation registration or mail forwarding letter.


Pharmacies and Prescriptions

Pharmacies are shops that can provide you with pharmaceutical drugs and other products. Pharmacists are experts in medicine and can help you with minor health concerns. For minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, stomach problems, aches, and pains, they can provide clinical advice and over-the-counter medicine.

It is recommended that if you have any minor health concern, that is not life-threatening, you can discuss these with a pharmacist. They have trained for 5 years in the use of medicine and if your symptoms are something more serious, then they will recommend you to see your GP, nurse or any healthcare professional. Most pharmacies are open late and on weekends, when GP surgeries are closed and some may offer a private room where you can discuss your concern without being overheard.

To find a pharmacist in Brighton and their opening times, please click the link below which will take you to the NHS Pharmacies near Brighton page: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy/results/Brighton?latitude=50.822373164036016&longitude=-0.13768173837583686

The GP might prescribe you some medicine to which you will have to go to the pharmacist, these prescriptions will cost unless you have a HC2. The current cost for prescription is £9.95.


Dentist

You are also entitled to a dentist through the NHS, to treat any pain or discomfort in the teeth or gums.

The NHS will provide clinical necessary treatment to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and pain free. The decision on which treatment is necessary and appropriate will be based on clinical assessment and judgement of the dentist. You should be informed about the treatment, including the risks and benefits. If you would like more information about any treatment a dentist is recommending, ask the dentist and they are obliged to tell you. Ultimately you will get the final decision on whether to go through with the treatment or not.

Please note, that dentist treatment is not fully free and there is a cost depending on the treatment band. In order to receive free dental treatment you must have an HC2 certificate.

Registering for a NHS dentist is different from a GP. Most dentists in the UK are private and offer some spaces to NHS patients. Therefore you will need to search for a dentist that suits your needs, location, and contact the dentist surgery. You must then ask if they are taking on NHS patients, some will not always have the capacity to take on new NHS patients. If that is the case, then you may have to join a waiting list or contact different dentists.

To find a dentist in or near Brighton and Hove, click the link below which will take you to the NHS search engine. Simply type in your postcode to find dentist surgeries near you:

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist

It is fair to say that there is a shortage of dentists in the area and that there can be a long wait for treatment. Please contact the NHS customer centre on 03003112233, if you cannot find a dentist accepting new NHS patients. Only contact the centre after trying several dentist surgeries. The NHS England commissions dental surgery and it is required to meet the needs of the local population in accessing dental care.

If you are in acute pain (very bad), then please contact 111 to get in touch with an urgent or out of hours dentist. Do not contact your GP, as they cannot offer any dental surgeries.


Opticians

You are also entitled to an optician's visit. An optician is a technical practitioner that examines eyes, rest sight, diagnoses abnormalities in vision and prescribes corrective lenses.

Please note that you are only entitled to one free eye test every two years with an HC2 certificate.

To find affiliated NHS opticians, please use the NHS search engine linked below. Simply type in your postcode to find the nearest optician to you.

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-an-optician

Please note that some opticians only accept NHS patients if they are a certain age. To save you any confusion here is a list of opticians that are nationwide and accept any NHS patient for a free eye test:

  • Boots
  • Specsavers
  • Vision Express

After receiving your eye test, you should receive a prescription or a statement to say you have been referred for further tests. If you require corrective lenses, you can be entitled to a NHS voucher for glasses or lens. The value of the voucher will depend on the strength of your prescription. If your glasses or lenses cost exceed the voucher, then you will have to pay the difference. These vouchers can be redeemed at any supplier as long as they accept the NHS voucher, the three opticians mentioned above accept these vouchers.

You should not feel like you have to redeem the vouchers from the place where you had your eye test. You can take your time and look for the best option for you.

Click on the link below to explore the different vouchers:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/nhs-voucher-values-for-glasses-and-lenses/


When to go to A&E

The A&E department (also called the emergency or casualty department) is responsible for dealing with genuine life-threatening injuries. These injuries can vary but include: loss of consciousness, sudden state of confusion, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped, severe allergic reactions, severe burns, major traumas, difficulty breathing and feelings of self-harm or suicide. This department is open 24/7 and depending on your injury there may be a wait to be seen by a medical practitioner.

A&E is for emergency injuries, if you are unsure on whether you need to go to this department then please call 111.


Phoning 111

If you are unsure whether you need urgent medical care or if you’re not sure what to do, then contact the NHS 111 services. You can either use your phone and dial 111, free of charge, and talk to an operator who will advise you on the next steps to receive medical help.

This service can provide an interpretation service to those who cannot or prefer not to speak English. Using the interpreter is confidential. To access this service, you just need to ask the operator for an interpreter.

Or you can go to the NHS website (this website is only for ages 5 and up): https://111.nhs.uk/?utm_source=nhsuk&utm_campaign=nhs_services&utm_content=nhs_111

Depending on the situation, the 111 service will:

  • Find what local services can help
  • Connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP.
  • Arrange a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  • Be given an arrival time if you need to go to A&E (this might lower your wait time in A&E)
  • Be given information on how to get any medicine you need.
  • Receive self-care advice.

The NHS 111 service is open 24/7, regardless of any national holidays.


Urgent Care services

If you are not registered with a GP practice or need to see a doctor sooner than you can get a GP appointment, Practice Plus at Brighton Station provides a Walk-In Centre that can provide advice and treatment for a number of minor illnesses and injuries. It is open every day from 8am - 8pm, including bank holidays. They may be able to provide small amounts of certain routine medications if you have run out but you should not rely on this service to obtain your medication.

The practice also provides sexual health services such as emergency contraception, repeat contraceptive pills and some sexual health screening.

To be sure you understand whether this service is right for your needs, check the webpages below before attending.

See Walk-in services | Brighton Station Health Centre for details of GP service available, and Sexual health services | Brighton Station Health Centre for sexual health services available


Brighton Station Health Centre

Aspect House

84-87 Queens Road

Brighton

East Sussex

BN1 XE

For GP services call 0300 130 3333

For Walk-in and sexual health services call 0333 321 0946


A&E Hospitals in Sussex


Eastbourne District General Hospital

Address: Kings Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UD

Contact number: 03001314500

Website: https://www.esht.nhs.uk/eastbourne-dgh/

This hospital is Eastbourne main Accident and Emergency hospital. If you have an emergency, in Eastbourne, it is more than likely that you will be directed to this hospital, but it also has many other departments, including Dermatology, Children & Adolescent Service and more. To find more about the facilities at this hospital click the link above.


Princess Royal Hospital

Address: Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EX

Contact: 01444441881

Website: https://www.uhsussex.nhs.uk/hospitals/princess-royal-hospital/

This hospital is located just outside Burgess Hill, it has a dedicated Accident and Emergency department but it also has many other departments including General Surgery, Ear, Nose & Throat and more. To find more about the facilities at this hospital click the link above.


Royal Sussex County hospital

Address: Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5BE.

Contact number: 01273696955

Website: https://www.bsuh.nhs.uk/

This hospital is Brighton and Hove's main Accident and Emergency hospital. If you have an emergency it is more than likely that you will be directed to this hospital, but it also has many other departments, including Maternity services, Dementia services, Diabetic medicine and many more. To find more about the facilities at this hospital click the link above.


St Richard’s Hospital

Address: Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6SE

Contact number: 01243788122

Website: https://www.uhsussex.nhs.uk/hospitals/st-richards-hospital/

This hospital is located in Chichester and has an Accident and Emergency department but it also has many other departments including Diabetes, Dermatology and more. To find more about the facilities at this hospital click the link above.


Worthing Hospital

Address: Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH

Contact number: 01903205111

Website: https://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/

This hospital is Worthing's main Accident and Emergency hospital. If you have an emergency, in West Sussex, it is more than likely that you will be directed to this hospital. This hospital has a separate emergency department for children staffed by specialist paediatric nurses. To find more about the facilities at this hospital click the link above.


Healthwatch

Healthwatch is a national watchdog, which has local services across Sussex and they are the independent voice of the people. They aim to put people at the heart of health and social care services by listening to your opinions on the services. They can also inform you about your choices in regards to your health and wellbeing through assisting with your concerns or complaints about services. They have three local branches in Sussex, please look below to find your local Healthwatch:


Healthwatch East Sussex

Address: Greencoat House, 32 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UT

Contact number: 0331014007

Email: enquires@healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk

Website: https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/healthwatchesussex

Twitter: https://twitter.com/healthwatches


Healthwatch Brighton & Hove

Address: 113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234041

Email: office@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/healthwatchbrightonandhove

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthwatchbh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HealthwatchBH


Healthwatch West Sussex

Address: PO Box 1360, Crawly, West Sussex, R10 0QS

Contact number: 03000120122

Email: helpdesk@healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk

Website: https://www.healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/healthwatchwestsussex/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/healthwatchws


Sport and fitness organisations


Brighton Natural Health Centre

BMEC Address: BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet street, BN1 4ZE

Contact Number: 03003031171

Email: hello@brightonnaturalhealthcentre.org.uk

The Brighton Natural Health Centre offers free yoga classes for women refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants every Friday from 11:15am-12:15pm at the BMECP centre. This class specialises in Iyengar yoga, focused on correct alignment, sequencing of postures, safety and progression. It is open to all abilities, and they use blocks, belts and chairs to assist students to overcome their difficulties and realise their full potential. Please use the email above to book yourself for this class as there are limited spaces. If you would like more information, please get in contact by using the information above.


Brighton Table Tennis Club

Address: The Fitzherbert’s Centre, 36 Upper Bedford St, BN2 1JP

Contact Number: 01273670145

Email: info@brightontabletennisclub.com

Website: https://brightontabletennisclub.com/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonttc/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightonttc/?hl=en-gb

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bttcofficial?lang=en

Brighton Table Tennis Club is a charity working with individuals of all ages, including refugees and asylum seekers. It aims to improve health, celebrate diversity and build a community. The club has a full time centre with ten tables in Kemptown and runs over 200 tables across Brighton & Hove. Sessions are free and you are encouraged to join, even if you have never played table tennis before! The club is the first recognised Club of Sanctuary for its work with refugees, players are invited to join in multiple sessions with the hope of building friendships and a community in Brighton & Hove. If you are interested then please use the links above to find out more information.


Eastbourne Borough FC 'Spirit of Football' squad

Address: Eastbourne Borough Stadium, Priory Lane, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 7QH

Contact number: 07545882298

Email: youth.development@ebfc.co.uk

Website: https://www.ebfc.co.uk/

Eastbourne Borough FC, Spirit of Football squad is a free football squad for boys and girls aged between 5 to 16 years old, with any form of mental or physical disability. If you are interested then please use the contact details above to express your interest.


Keep Fit - Kings Church.

Address: Kings Church, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY

Contact number: 01273486182

Email: office@kingschurchlewes.org

Website: http://www.kingschurchlewes.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/Kings.Church.Lewes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kingschurchlewes/

Kings church has a free keep fit group. It is a space where people can come together, get fit and follow a fitness DVD. Gym mats and weights provided, open to all fitness levels, ages and children are welcome too. To find out more information, including their meeting times and dates, look at their website.


Nam Yang Brighton Community Association

Address: Level B, Module B2, Enterprise Point, Melbourne Street, Brighton, BN2 3HL OR Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5DR

Contact number: 07521994425

Email: info@namyangbrighton.co.uk

Website: https://www.namyangbrighton.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/NamYangBrightoMartialArts/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/namyangbrighton/

A community based martial arts club, Nam Yang Brighton aim is to create a diverse community within Brighton & Hove to improve physical and mental health and assist you to be more confident. The club teaches a mixture of traditional martial arts and combat sports, including Shuang Yang soft style Tai, Chi Gong meditation, Tiger Crane, Jung Fu, Kickboxing, San Da Kickboxing, Savate Kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling and Shailon. Offering a relaxed, safe and friendly environment, their classes are open to everyone of all ages. Nam Yang is the first Martial arts club to be awarded a Club of Sanctuary, and offers spaces for refugees and asylum seekers to join. If you are interested please use the links above to get more information:


Salaam FC - Football club

Email: salaamfc@gmail.com

Contact number: 07405784156

Salaam FC is community run for boys and girls aged 10-16, many of whom are refugees. It is focused on integrating young people from diverse communities in Brighton & Hove to make friends and have fun. It has 40 young people in the club and has a team in the local football league. They hold free football sessions throughout the year, most of which is at Hove park. If you are interested in joining or you have a family member that would like to join then please use the contact details above to find out more information.


VYD CIC

A community football group open to all refugees and asylum seekers, VYD CIC combines fun with structure and professionalism. Their aim is to provide plates a space to focus on having fun and playing with like-minded people. They offer free sessions with a qualified experienced coach who oversees the weekly training. Please use the contact VYD CIC for more information, using the links above.




Violence and Abuse


Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of sexuality and gender. It can include but it is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. If you are suffering or have suffered from domestic abuse, there are services in Brighton that you can access for support or advice:


Respect Men’s advice line

Helpline: 80808010327 (Open 10am-8pm Monday to Friday)

Email support: info@mensadviceline.org.uk (Open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday)

Website: https://mensadviceline.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/UKRespect/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/respect_uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RespectUK

A national helpline providing support for male victims of domestic violence, concerned family and friends and frontline workers. They support heterosexual, gay, bisexual victims, male victims of forced marriages, providing support and information on reporting abuse to the police and signposting to other services or organisation. If English is not your first language, you can ask for an interpreter.


Change Grow Live Domestic Abuse Service

Change Grow Live Domestic Abuse Service provides support to the victims of domestic and sexual abuse in East Sussex. They offer support to anyone aged 16 years and above, they take referrals from professionals or you can get in touch yourself.


Rise

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Helpline: 02173622822

LGBTQ+ helpline: 01273622828

Website: https://www.riseuk.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/riseuk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/riseuk

Based in Brighton, Rise offers practical support for those affected by domestic violence and abuse, including housing advice, legal assistance and case workers. They run a helpline on Monday and Tuesday 9:30am -12:30p, and Wednesday evening 5pm - 7pm. They also offer a specific LGBTQ+ helpline open Monday 5pm - 7pm. Please note there also may be translation services available, just ask the person on the phone. They also have Black and Minority Ethnic caseworkers to support BME victims of domestic abuse, forced marriages, honour based abuse and female genital mutilation.


Safe in Sussex

Address: A2 Yeoman Gate, Yeoman Way, Worthing, BN13 3QZ

Contact number: 03303337416

Email: info@safeinsussex.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/safeinsussex

Twitter: https://twitter.com/safeinsussex

Safe in Sussex is a charity working across West Sussex, supporting people affected by domestic abuse. They provide a wide range of support and help including refuge accommodation for women and their children, drop-in sessions and support groups, one-to-one guidance, and education programmes and workshops.


24 Hour National Violence Helpline

Helpline number: 0808 2000 247

Website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

This is a free phone service that offers support for women experiencing domestic violence, as well as friends/family who are concerned for an individual. The line is open 24/7 and has interpreters available, if needed. There is also a live chat, if it is difficult to speak on the phone. The chat is only open Monday - Friday between 15:00-22:00.


Sexual Violence

Many asylum seekers and refugees are forced to have sex when they don’t want to, either as part of the reason why they have left their home country suddenly, or unfortunately this happens on their journey to the UK as part of their refugee experience.

This happens both to women and men, and also children.

If this has happened to you then it is important that you seek help from your doctor. The Brighton & Hove Sexual Health and Contraception Service (SHAC) is confidential and safe, in case you have received injuries or have caught a sexually transmitted disease.

You can find more information here:

https://brightonsexualhealth.com

You might also want to use this service if you would like contraception to prevent pregnancy.

If you have been upset about what has happened to you then please see what is available for mental health support and treatment in the section above.


Survivors Network

Address: 6a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Contact number (general enquiries): 01273203380

Helpline: 01273720110

Email (general enquiries): info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

Helpline email: help@survuvorsnetwork.org.uk

Website: https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/

Survivors Network is the designated Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex and they support survivors of all ages and genders, including Transgender and Non-Binary individuals, who have experienced sexual violence. They offer a range of services to support you in your recovery, including counselling, advocacy, peer support and group work. They operate a helpline and email service to offer emotional support and to signpost you to other support services that can help. This service is open to individuals of any gender and aged 14+ and can be accessed on Monday 7pm-9pm and Wednesday 12pm-2pm.


Hate crime

Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race, religion or perceived religion, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against someone who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

If you have been a victim of hate crime or have witnessed a hate crime, please report it. All Sussex council takes hate incidents seriously and there are multiple ways to report them:

If it is an emergency, then call the police on 999.

If it is not an emergency and you want to report it then please call the police on 101.

If you do not feel comfortable reporting on the phone, then you can report it online using True Vision, which is a national police scheme: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/hate-crime/hc-av1/report-hate-crime/

Alternatively you can email the Brighton & Hove Community Safety team at communitysafety.casework@brighton-hove.gov.uk

If you have seen hate material online and would like to report it, you can use this online form:

https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/hate-crime/hc-av1/report-hate-crime/

If you are not sure whether you would like to report the hate crime and would like to receive confidential advice, please look and contact any of the organisations below:


Racial Harassment Forum

Racial Harassment Forum is a Brighton & Hove based service which provides a safe and confidential space to report religious or race related hate incidents. They promise to take you seriously and to listen to your concerns. They will support you through your journey to some kind of conclusion. To report a hate incident please call: 07563389482 or 01273234017. This service is open 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can email the Community Supporter on rhf.communitys@gmail.com or call: 07933181885. The Community Supporter can help you to make an appropriate report, work alongside you to establish your options, signpost you to other relevant organisations and help make services more accessible for you.


Galop

Number: 0207 7042040

Email: HateCrime@galop.org.uk

Website: https://galop.org.uk/

Galop is a national LGBTQ+ service which provides helplines to assist LGBTQ+ individuals who have experienced abuse and violence. They have a special LGBTQ+ hate crime helpline to offer practical and emotional support. You can remain anonymous when talking to Galop. The helpline is open Monday to Friday between 10am -4pm. If you are charged for phone calls, you can email Galop and request a call back to avoid call charges. There are translation services available if you feel more comfortable speaking your native language.


Switchboard Brighton & Hove

Helpline: 01273204050

Website: https://www.switchboard.org.uk/

If you have witnessed or been a victim of an LGBTQ+ hate crime, switchboard Brighton & Hove can provide you with immediate emotional and practical support. They can help you decide whether you wish to involve or how to involve the police, they can even report the incident confidentially on your behalf- if you wish to remain anonymous. They also offer other support including sexual health, H.IV., Trans, and mental health awareness.




Food Shops

Food can bring you comfort, especially if the food reminds you of home when you are in a new place. Here is a list of different food shops that offer regional foods to buy:

Please note that we accept no responsibility for, nor do we endorse the products offered by these stores.


African


AfrikMark

Address: 4 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF

Small shop with African food staples, in Brighton, with a good selection of Nigerian and Ghanaian


Daractic World Market

Address: 126 Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 3LG

Another small shop with a great selection of African food items, located in Brighton.


Asian


Emmanuel Asian Groceries

Address: 1A Whitehawk Rd, Brighton BN2 5FA

Specialising in Indian and Bangladeshi food, this shop also offers a wide range of other Asian cuisine including Chinese, located in Brighton.


18 Grocery

Address: Unit 18 The Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Small shop offering a selection of East Asian food, in Brighton & Hove.


Femys Oriental Foods

Address: 16 Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3HP

A store providing a selection of East Asian food products and items, in Eastbourne.


Pestle & Mortar

Address: 4 Lansdown Place, Lewes, BN7 2JT

A noodle bar and tea room in Lewes, that also provides a selection of Asian food products.


MB Grocers

Address: 14 A, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1BJ

A store, in Worthing, that sells ingredient and food from around the world, but specialises in Asian products


Eastern European


Mr. Patisson International Food, Polish Grocery Cafe.

Address: 12 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF

Located in Brighton, this place not only offers Polish cuisine but also has items from Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and many more.


Magdusia

Address: 20-21 Chatham Pl, Brighton BN1 3TN

Offering a variety of selection of Eastern European food, located in Brighton & Hove.


Eastbourne Gastronom

Address: 9 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PR

Located in Eastbourne, this store offers a selection of Eastern European food and English, with baked goods available.


Ladya

Address: 1 Crescent Road, Worthing, BN11 1RL

Located in Worthing, this store provides a choice of Eastern European food items and products.


Middle Eastern


Pamir Grocery

Address: 2A Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF

Offering a variety of Middle Eastern food, with Halal meat available.


Taj the Grocer

Address: 98-99 Western Rd, Brighton BN1 2LB

A selection of Middle Eastern food and Indian food available


Halal Shop

Address: 87 Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3RR

A shop located in Eastbourne which provides a variety of halal products and middle eastern food items.


Brothers Halal Food and Butchery

Address: 30 Teville Road, Worthing, BN11 1UG.

A store, located in Worthing, providing Halal meat and a selection of middle eastern food products and items.


South American:


Brazilian Centre, Brighton & Hove

Address: 158 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2DL

This store offers a variety of Brazilian and Portuguese products.




Food Banks

In the UK you can get free food if you cannot afford it, although these supplies are limited they can provide essential food support when you are hungry.

Please note that you must be referred by a professional person to most food banks. Descriptions of the food banks will inform you if you need a referral or not to access the service. You can be referred to by any organisation that is supporting you.


Lunch/warm meals services in Brighton & Hove

Specific places to get a free or low cost meal for refugees and asylum seekers:


Jollof Cafe

Address: West Hill Hall, Compton Ave, Brighton BN1 3PS

More information: https://www.Facebook.com/jollofcafe/

This cafe is a space for migrants, refugee and Asylum seekers to come together and socialise with each other and Brightonians. Open alternative Wednesdays between 1-3pm with a donation based system, which means you pay for what you feel like. No referrals needed.


Real Junk Food Brighton

Address: St Luke’s Church, 64 Old Shoreham Road, BN1 5DD

Website: https://www.realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk/

This project aims to reduce food waste by using this surplus food to feed those in food poverty. This is a pay as you feel basis so is free to those without money, at the moment it is takeaway only. Open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 12:30-14:00, no referrals needed.


Sussex Homeless Support CIO

Location: Old Steine Gardens, BN1 1NH.

This project runs a street kitchen once a week that provides hot meals to those who are homeless or vulnerable. No referrals needed. Available every Saturday between 13:00 - 15:00


St Johns Baptist Church

Address: 2 Bristol Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1AP

Website: https://www.eastbrightoncatholic.org.uk/

Offers lunch to those in need regardless of their religious beliefs. Every Sunday between 12:30 and 2:30, no referrals needed.


East Brighton Food Coop

East Brighton Food Coop delivers food to people in need in their area, and also other activities. They’re planning to run cookery classes in Whitehawk, next to the Open Market and at the Bevy. To place a food order use the website address and follow instructions: https://www.eastbrightonfoodcoop.uk/


Central Brighton and Seafront food banks


Brighton Food Bank

Address: Calvary Church Building, Stanley Rd, Brighton BN1 4NJ

Contact number: 01273609484

Email: foodbank@bhcm.org.uk

Website: http://www.brightonfoodbank.org.uk/

Providing perishable and non -perishable food items, this food bank is open to members Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am-4pm. You must be referred to this food bank.


Brighton Womens Centre

Providing perishable, non-perishable and period toiletries for anyone who self identifies as a woman. You must be referred to this service. You can refer yourself to this food bank, to find out more information on self-referral, check Brighton Womens Centre.


Clarendon Food Bank

Address: Clarendon Centre, New England Street.

Email: clarendonfoodbank@wearemmanuel.com

Website: https://www.instagram.com/clarendonfoodbank/

This food bank offers three days worth of nutritious food for three days. You must be referred to this food bank, open Thursdays 10am-1pm


Mutual Aid Vegan Foodbank

Address: 52 Providence Place, Brighton, BN1 4GE

Email: mutualaidveganfoodbank@gmail.com

Website: https://cowley.club/vegan-food-bank

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/mutualaidveganfoodbank/

A foodbank which supplies vegan food and basic toiletries to those in need, open to both vegans and non-vegans. No referrals are needed, it is open every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm.


The Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP)

Address: BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, BN1 4ZE

Contact number: 01273600885 or 03003031171

Email: contact@bmecp.org.uk

Website: https://bmecp.org.uk/community-services/

BMECP provides emergency food parcels for those in need. You must be referred to access this service.


Voices in Exile

Address: Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP

Website: https://www.voicesinexile.org/

Contact Number: 01273328598

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonvoicesinexile

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesinexile/

Weekly food bank for asylum seekers, refugees and people with no access to public funds. You must be referred to access this food bank.


North Brighton food banks


Bevendean Food Bank

Address: Church Hall, Norwich Drive, Brighton, BN2 4LA

Contact number: 07856408522

Email: bevendeanfoodbank@gmail.com

Website: https://www.Facebook.com/FoodbankandAdviceinBevendean/

This food bank supplies non-perishable and perishable food items to individuals in food poverty or at risk. You must be referred to this food bank and live in the Lower and High Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Saunders Park, Meadow View and Lewes Road corridor. It is open Wednesday 10:30am - 12pm


Hollingdean Food Bank

Address: St Richards Church, Beale Crescent, BN1 7BU.

Email: info@hollingdean.foodbank.org.uk

Website: https://hollingdean.foodbank.org.uk/

This food bank provides three days’ emergency food and support to local people in crisis. You must be referred to this service and live in Hollingdean Open Mondays between 11am - 4pm.


Old Boat Corner Community Fridge

Address: Old Boat Corner, Carden Hill, Brighton, BN1 8GN

Open to the public, no referrals needed, this fridge offers fresh fruit and vegetables to those in need. Open Tuesday 10am-12pm.


East Brighton and Kemptown food banks


Whitehawk Food bank

Address: Valley Social Centre, Whitehawk Way, BN2 5HE.

Contact number: 07941397648

Email: info@thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk

Website: https://thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk/

This food bank provides three days emergency food to those living in the Whitehawk and surrounding area. You must be referred to this service, open Thursdays between 11am-1:30pm


Hove food banks


Hangleton & West Blatchington Food bank

Address: St. George’s Church Hall, Court Farm Road, BN3 7QR.

Contact number: 07990631892

Email: info@hangletonfoodbank.org

Website: https://www.hangletonfoodbank.org/

This food bank provides food items, perishable and non-perishable, to individuals or families living in Hangleton, Knoll and West Blatchington area. You must be referred to this food bank. Open Wednesday between 12pm-2pm


Salvation Army

Address: Conway Street, Hove, BN3 3LA.

Contact number: 07551572205

Email: andrew.a.tinsley@salvationarmy.org.uk

Website: https://bhfood.org.uk/directory/salvation-army-foodbank/

This is a weekly food bank for local residents, individuals or families, run by the Salvation Army. You must be referred to this food bank. Open Fridays.


Weald Community Fridge

Address: Weald Allotments, Weald Ave, Hove, BN3 7JN

This project aims to reduce food waste and provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those struggling with food. The fridge is open every Thursday from 10am - 1pm, with no referrals needed.


Food distribution and meals in Brighton & Hove

This section is a list of food services and disruptions, organised through the days of the week, in the Brighton & Hove area. So you know when and where to get food every day of the week. No referrals needed for any of the services listed:


Monday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Breakfast provided by the BHT for rough sleepers, and is served from 9am. An early hot lunch is also available, from 10am.

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier place, BN1 3BF


10:30-13:30- Lunch

  • Provided by the Clock Tower Sanctuary for 16-25 year old rough sleepers and insecurely housed. Takeaway hot lunch with both meat and vegetarian options available.

Address: The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, BN1 1RH


12:00-13:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by Holland Road Baptist Church for homelessness individuals and those in emergency accommodation. A free lunch, usually a sandwich, crisps, fruit and cake. Coffee, tea, and hot soup are served in the hall with signposting to other services.

Address: Holland Road Baptist Church, 65-71 Holland Road, BN3 1JN.


12:00-12:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by St Annes Day Centre for those who are homeless or vulnerable, a hot takeaway meal and a goody bag is provided. They also have toiletries and clothing available.

Address: 61 St James Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR


Tuesday


9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Breakfast provided by the BHT for rough sleepers, and is served from 9am. An early hot lunch is also available, from 10am.

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier place, BN1 3BF


10:30-13:30- Lunch

  • Provided by the Clock Tower Sanctuary for 16-25 year old rough sleepers and insecurely housed. Takeaway hot lunch with both meat and vegetarian options available.

Address: The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, BN1 1RH


12:00-12:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by St Annes Day Centre for those who are homeless or vulnerable, a hot takeaway meal and a goody bag is provided. They also have toiletries and clothing available.

Address: 61 St James Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR


12-30-14:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by the Real Junk Food programme which uses surplus food to create hot healthy meals, they also provide soup, fruit, vegetables and dried goods to take away. Their meals are on a pay as you feel basis so free for those without money.

Address: St Lukes Church, Old Shoreham Road, BN1 5DD


Wednesday


9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Breakfast provided by the BHT for rough sleepers, and is served from 9am. An early hot lunch is also available, from 10am.

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier place, BN1 3BF


12:00-12:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by St Annes Day Centre for those who are homeless or vulnerable, a hot takeaway meal and a goody bag is provided. They also have toiletries and clothing available.

Address: 61 St James Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR


12-30-14:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by the Real Junk Food programme which uses surplus food to create hot healthy meals, they also provide soup, fruit, vegetables and dried goods to take away. Their meals are on a pay as you feel basis so free for those without money.

Address: St Lukes Church, Old Shoreham Road, BN1 5DD


Thursday


9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Breakfast provided by the BHT for rough sleepers, and is served from 9am. An early hot lunch is also available, from 10am.

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier place, BN1 3BF


10:30-13:30- Lunch

  • Provided by the Clock Tower Sanctuary for 16-25 year old rough sleepers and insecurely housed. Takeaway hot lunch with both meat and vegetarian options available.

Address: The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, BN1 1RH


12:00-12:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by St Annes Day Centre for those who are homeless or vulnerable, a hot takeaway meal and a goody bag is provided. They also have toiletries and clothing available.

Address: 61 St James Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR


12-30-14:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by the Real Junk Food programme which uses surplus food to create hot healthy meals, they also provide soup, fruit, vegetables and dried goods to take away. Their meals are on a pay as you feel basis so free for those without money. On Thursdays they run at two centres:

1st Address: Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, Hollingdean, BN1 7BH

2nd Address: Fitzherbert Community Hub, St John the Baptist Church, 2 Bristol Road, Kemptown, BN2 1AP.


18:00-19:00 - Dinner

  • Provided by UK Homes For Heroes for rough sleepers and veterans providing a hot meal for the evening.

Address: The Peace Statue, Hove, BN3 2WN


Friday


9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Breakfast provided by the BHT for rough sleepers, and is served from 9am. An early hot lunch is also available, from 10am.

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier place, BN1 3BF


10:30-13:30- Lunch

  • Provided by the Clock Tower Sanctuary for 16-25 year old rough sleepers and insecurely housed. Takeaway hot lunch with both meat and vegetarian options available.

Address: The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, BN1 1RH


12:00-15:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by the Real Junk Food programme which uses surplus food to create hot healthy meals, they also provide soup, fruit, vegetables and dried goods to take away. Their meals are on a pay as you feel basis so free for those without money. Address: Garden Centre, 50 Gardener Street, BN1 1UN


12:00-12:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by St Annes Day Centre for those who are homeless or vulnerable, a hot takeaway meal and a goody bag is provided. They also have toiletries and clothing available.

Address: 61 St James Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR



Saturday


8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by Crossover for rough sleepers. A choice of cereals, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon and egg sandwiches.

Address: St Peters Car Park, Circus Street, BN2 9QF


10:30-13:30- Lunch

  • Provided by the Clock Tower Sanctuary for only 16-25 year old rough sleepers and insecurely housed. Takeaway hot lunch with both meat and vegetarian options available.

Address: The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, BN1 1RH


12:00-15:00 - Lunch

  • Provided by the Real Junk Food programme which aims to use surplus food to create hot healthy meals, they also provide soup, fruit, vegetables and dried goods to take away. Their meals are on a pay as you feel basis so free for those without money. Address: Garden Centre, 50 Gardener Street, BN1 1UN

13:00-15:00 - Lunch

  • Sussex Homeless Support CIO runs a street kitchen for individuals who are homeless and vulnerable.

Address: Old Stein Gardens, BN1 1NH


18:00-19:00 - Dinner

  • Provided by Safehaven, during term time, for rough sleepers providing a home cooked meal and relaxing environment.

Address: St Peter's Church, York Place, BN1 4GU


Sunday


8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by Crossover for rough sleepers. A choice of cereals, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon and egg sandwiches is available.

Address: St Peters Car Park, Circus Street, BN2 9QF


12:30: 2:30 - Lunch

  • St Johns Baptist Church offers lunch to those in need regardless of their religious beliefs.

Address: 2 Bristol Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1AP


17:00 - 19:00 - Dinner

  • Provided by Purple People Food Bank who provides food distribution, for those who are homeless.

Address: Peace Statue by Hove Lawns, BN3 2WN.


19:00-21:00 - Dinner

  • A Hot meal provided by Deen Relief for rough sleepers.

Address: Angle of Peace, Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2WN


Food Banks in Eastbourne


Eastbourne food bank

Office address: Unit 3, 55 Brampton Road, Eastbourne, BN22 9AF

Contact number: 01323409925

Email: admin@eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk

Website: https://eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastbournefoodbank/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EastbourneFB

Eastbourne foodbank provides 3 days worth of food in exchange for a food voucher. As well as providing advice, toiletries, shoes, bedding and baby equipment, cutlery and crockery (all subject to availability). To receive a food voucher, you must be referred by a referral agency, such as Citizens Advice, children's centres or health visitors. Eastbourne foodbank has several locations across Eastbourne, running at different times. For more information on how to be referred to the foodbank and the locations, please look at their website.


Food distribution and meals in Eastbourne


Monday


8:00-10:00 - Breakfast

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN

10:00-11:00 - Breakfast/Lunch

  • Salvation Army provides free sandwiches and hot drinks for rough sleepers and those on low income. Hot food is available at a minimal charge.

Address: 149 Langeny Road, The Rebourne Centre, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.


12:00-14:00 - Lunch

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


19:30-22:00 - Dinner

  • Food disruptions and hot snacks provided by Warming up the Homeless.

Address: Starting opposite the Grand Hotel, working past the Bandstone, through Terminus Road to the BR station then to Jevington Gardens.

Tuesday


8:00-10:00 - Breakfast

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


10:00-11:00 - Breakfast/Lunch

  • Salvation Army provides free sandwiches and hot drinks for rough sleepers and those on low income. Hot food is available at a minimal charge.

Address: 149 Langeny Road, The Rebourne Centre, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.


12:00-14:00 - Lunch

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


18:00- 18:45 - Dinner

  • A sit down hot meal provided by The Salvation Army

Address: 141 Langney Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG


18:15-19:00 - Dinner

  • Hot food to take away provided by The Salvation Army.

Address: 141 Langney Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG


19:30-22:00 - Dinner

  • Food disruptions and hot snacks provided by Warming up the Homeless.

Address: Starting opposite the Grand Hotel, working past the Bandstone, through Terminus Road to the BR station then to Jevington Gardens.


Wednesday


8:00-10:00 - Breakfast

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


10:00-11:00 - Breakfast/Lunch

  • Salvation Army provides free sandwiches and hot drinks for rough sleepers and those on low income. Hot food is available at a minimal charge.

Address: 149 Langeny Road, The Rebourne Centre, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.


12:00-14:00 - Lunch

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


19:30-20:30 - Dinner

  • Feedbourners provide a hot meal, snacks, hot and cold drinks and provisions to those in need and the homeless in Eastbourne.

Address: Outside Coffee Republic at 69 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NJ


Thursday


8:00-10:00 - Breakfast

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


10:00-11:00 - Breakfast/Lunch

  • Salvation Army provides free sandwiches and hot drinks for rough sleepers and those on low income. Hot food is available at a minimal charge.

Address: 149 Langeny Road, The Rebourne Centre, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.


12:00-14:00 - Lunch

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


18:00- 18:45 - Dinner

  • A sit down hot meal provided by The Salvation Army

Address: 141 Langney Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG


18:15-19:00 - Dinner

  • Hot food to take away provided by The Salvation Army.

Address: 141 Langney Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG


18:30-19:30 - Dinner

  • Absolute Angles provide hot drinks, meals, sandwiches, cakes and fruit. As well as snack paces, bottled water and hygiene products.

Address: 97-99 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NJ.


19:30-22:00 - Dinner

  • Food disruptions and hot snacks provided by Warming up the Homeless.

Address: Starting opposite the Grand Hotel, working past the Bandstone, through Terminus Road to the BR station then to Jevington Gardens.



Friday


8:00-10:00 - Breakfast

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


10:00-11:00 - Breakfast/Lunch

  • Salvation Army provides free sandwiches and hot drinks for rough sleepers and those on low income. Hot food is available at a minimal charge.

Address: 149 Langeny Road, The Rebourne Centre, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.


12:00-14:00 - Lunch

  • Matthew 25 Mission provides take-away food for rough sleepers and those on low income.

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


19:00-20:00 - Dinner

  • Food 4 Thought provides hot food and snacks to vulnerable individuals living on the streets or those with low income.

Address: The Matthew 25 Mission Car Park - Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN


Saturday


10:30-15:30 - Breakfast/Lunch (only available 2nd & 4th weekend of every month).

  • Hot and Cold snacks and drinks provided by Kingdom Way Trust.

Address: The Way, 91-93 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL


18:30-20:00 - Dinner

  • A hot meal provided by Fatfleshed. They can also provide immediate needs (sleeping bag, clothes, etc.), depending on availability.

Address: All Soul’s Church, Susans Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3TH


19:30-22:00 - Dinner

  • Food disruptions and hot snacks provided by Warming up the Homeless.

Address: Starting opposite the Grand Hotel, working past the Bandstone, through Terminus Road to the BR station then to Jevington Gardens.


Sunday


10:30-15:30 - Breakfast/Lunch (only available 2nd & 4th weekend of every month).

  • Hot and Cold snacks and drinks provided by Kingdom Way Trust.

Address: The Way, 91-93 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL


17:00-18:00 - Dinner

  • Eastbourne Sunday Soup Kitchen runs every Sunday providing hot meals and hot drinks to those in need.

Address: St John Ambulance HQ, 59 Bourne Street, Eastbourne, BN21 3SB


Food banks in Lewes


Fitzjohn’s Food bank

Address: Christ Church, Prince Edward Road, Lewes, BN7 1BL

Email: fitzjohnsgoodbank@gmail.com

Website: https://www.Facebook.com/fitzjohnsfood/

Fitzjohn’s food bank operated from Christ Church, food collection can be made every Monday from 13:20-14:20. You must be referred to this food bank.


Landport Food bank

Address: Resource Centre, 2a Horsfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2TA.

Contact number: 01273487249 or 07793953446

Email:debbietwitchen@gmail.com

Website: https://www.Facebook.com/LandportRA/

Run by the Landport Residents’ Association, food collection is on Monday between 14:00-14:30. You must be referred to this food bank.


Malling Food bank

Address: Kings Church, Unit 3, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY

Contact number: 077245042531

Email: briankcfrench@gmail.com

Provides food, both non perishable and perishable to individuals and families in need. Users of this food bank are asked to contribute £1 towards the cost of food, except in exceptional circumstances. You must be referred to this foodbank.


Ringmer Food bank

Address: Ringmer Village Hall, Ringmer Library, Lewes, BN8 5GH

Contact number: 01273812145 or 07782905847.

Email: gilliansal1947@gmail.com

Provides non-perishable and perishable food for people living in the Ringmer area. You must be referred to this food bank.


Food distribution and meals in Lewes


Tuesday


13:15-14:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by Lewes Open Door, who operate a drop in service for the homeless. Serving hot meals and drinks in a relaxing space.

Address: Christchurch, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes BN7 1BL


Wednesday


13:15-14:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by Lewes Open Door, who operate a drop in service for the homeless. Serving hot meals and drinks in a relaxing space.

Address: Christchurch, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes BN7 1BL


Thursday


13:15-14:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by Lewes Open Door, who operate a drop in service for the homeless. Serving hot meals and drinks in a relaxing space.

Address: Christchurch, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes BN7 1BL


Friday


13:15-14:30 - Lunch

  • Provided by Lewes Open Door, who operate a drop in service for the homeless. Serving hot meals and drinks in a relaxing space.

Address: Christchurch, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes BN7 1BL


17:00-19:00 - Dinner

  • Landport Community Cafe offers meals on a pay-as you-feel basis. This means that if you do not have the money to pay for the meal then it is free.

Address: 2a Horsfield Road, Lewes. BN7 2TA


Food banks in Worthing


Worthing Food bank

Address: Redeemer Church, 1st Floor, 22 Guildbourne Centre. Worthing, BN11 1LZ.

Contact number: 07918759664

Email: hello@worthingfoodbank.co.uk

Website: https://worthing.foodbank.org.uk/

Open 4 days a week, providing three days of perishable and non-perishable food to those in need, in exchange for a food voucher. As well as providing advice, toiletries, shoes, bedding and baby equipment, cutlery and crockery (all subject to availability). To receive a food voucher, you must be referred by a referral agency, such as Citizens Advice, children's centres or health visitors. Eastbourne foodbank has several locations across Eastbourne, running at different times. For more information on how to be referred to the foodbank and the locations, please look at their website.


Worthing Vegan Food Bank

Address: St. Botolph’s Church Hall, Lansdowne Road, Worthing, BN11 4LY

Contact number: 07775556974

Email: support@worthingveganfoodbank.co.uk

Website: https://veganfoodbank.wixsite.com/worthing

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worthingveganfoodbank/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/veganfoodbank

All their stock is 100% vegan and can cater for special dietary needs, supplying food to those in need. Please contact the food bank, to inquire about your needs for food parcels.


Worthing Soup Kitchen

Address: The Lovett hub, Maybridge Square, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6HB

Contact number: 07922712517

Email: wskfoodparcels@gmail.com

Website: https://www.worthingsoupkitchen.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/wskfoodparcels/

Worthing Soup Kitchen operates a pop up food bank, providing food parcels to those who requested in advance. Other items such as clothing, toys, baked goods are also available (subject to availability). If you need a food parcel, please contact the Worthing Soup Kitchen, either by text, email or messaging them on Facebook.


Food distribution and meals in Worthing


Monday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Tuesday
9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Wednesday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Thursday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Friday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Saturday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by St Clare’s community hub, offering hot food and hot drinks

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN


Sunday

9:00-11:00 - Breakfast

  • Provided by Worthing Soup Kitchen at St Clare’s community hub, providing hot food and hot drinks.

Address: 6-8 Marine Pl, Worthing BN11 3DN




Housing

In Sussex many people struggle to find appropriate housing, and there is a housing shortage, housing is also very expensive.

You will need help to get safely housed if you have just arrived in the UK. These are some of the options you have:

Housing organisations


Brighton Housing Trust- First Base

First base address: St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier Place, BN1 3BF.

Contact number: 01273326844

Email: first.base@bht.org.uk

Website: https://www.bht.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/BHTSussex/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/brightonhousingtrust/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BHT_Sussex

Brighton Housing Trust provides a wide range of specialist support to rough sleepers across Sussex. Including work and employment learning sessions; homelessness and homelessness prevention, mental health and wellbeing, addiction services, housing, benefits and legal advice. The organisation runs the First Base Day centre which offers a range of support without needing a referral, open Monday to Friday 9am - 11am, these include food, showers, laundry facilities, case work support, accommodation, relocation services, and health care.


Brighton Housing Trust (BHT)

Brighton Housing Trust can offer specialist housing advice to individuals across East Sussex. They have three centres, each one can advise individuals on many different housing issues, including those who are in insecure housing and disrepair causing a serious risk to health. For more information, please contact your local BHT team:


Brighton Housing Trust in Brighton & Hove

Address: 114 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH

Contact number: 0127364500

Email: enquires@bht.org.uk

Website: https://www.bht.org.uk/services/legal-advice/brighton-advice-centre/


Brighton Housing Trust in Eastbourne

Address: Highlight House, Suite 14, St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

Contact number: 01323642615

Email: eastbourneadvice@bht.co.uk

Website: https://www.bht.org.uk/services/legal-advice/eastbourne-advice-centre/

This office covers Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes.


Brighton Housing Trust in Hastings

Address: Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37

Contact number: 01424452618

Email: hastingsadvice@bht.org.uk

Website: https://www.bht.org.uk/services/legal-advice/hastings-advice-centre/

This office provides service in Hastings and Rother.


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS)

Address (headquarters): Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DZ

Contact number: 03039991000

Email: enquiries@esfrs.org

Website: https://www.esfrs.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/eastsussexfrs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eastsussexfrs

ESFRS can provide a free visit to your home to provide information and advice about fire and home safety. They can also fit a free smoke alarm, if needed.


Enthum Foundation

Contact number: 01323725104 or 07739415185

Email: info@enthumfoundation.org

Website:https://www.enthumfoundation.org/...

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enthumhouse/

Enthum Foundation is a charity which operates two houses in East Sussex. Providing safe and sustainable homes for unaccompanied children aged 16-18 seeking asylum in the UK


Pathways to Independence UK

Address: Young Peoples Centre, 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE

Contact number: 01273776166

General email: info@pathwaystoindependence.org.uk

Website: https://www.pathwaystoindependence.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/pathwaysuk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pathways_uk/

This service provides integrated packages of services to young asylum seekers aged between 16 -21, in the care of local authorities. They aim to provide support to help young individuals to transition from assisted living to independence, services include planning to work and training for young people.


Thousand 4 £1000

Thousand 4 £1000 is a local organisation responding to forced homelessness amongst forced migrants. They pool together small donations to provide housing and other support to migrants who would otherwise be destitute. They are always at the Jollof Cafe, open alternative Wednesdays between 1-3pm at West Hill Hall, Compton Ave, Brighton BN1 3PS. If you wish to know what support they can provide for you then the Jollof Cafe is where you can contact this organisation.


Homeless services in Brighton & Hove:


Street Support Network

Street Support Network has developed an online directory of local resources in Brighton & Hove. It includes a list of organisations and their programmes targeted towards the homeless or rough sleepers. Programmes are on housing, food, social activities, health, mental health, abuse, substance misuse, benefits and debt relief to all demographics.


Here is a list of key local organisations helping the homelessness in Brighton:


Arch Healthcare

Address: The School Clinic, Morley St, Brighton BN2 9DH

Contact number: 01273 003930

Email: sxicb-bh.archhealthcare@nhs.net

Website: https://archhealthcare.uk/

In order to get access to a doctor, many GPs require an address. However, Arch Healthcare is set up especially for people experiencing homelessness. They offer a wide range of medical support from mental health to physical health, they have same day appointments given out either on the phone or in person at 8am or 1pm Mon - Fri and pre-bookable appointments available to book. To register to the GP, you can either call the surgery or fill out the registration forms that are available on their website.


Holland Road Baptist church

Address: Holland Road Baptist Church, 65-71 Holland Road, BN3 1JN

More information: https://streetsupport.net/find-help/organisation/?organisation=holland-road-baptist-church

This service provides a multitude of services for individuals experiencing homelessness or in danger of homelessness, including haircuts, meals, toiletries and other services


Knight Support

Address: Peace Statue on Sunday at 6:15pm

More information: https://knightsupport.org.uk/

This organisation offers support to homelessness and rough sleepers in Brighton through providing essential items including food, clothing and toiletries.


St John Ambulance service

Address: First Base Day Centre, St Stephen's Hall/Montpelier Place, Brighton BN1 3BF, on Monday 9am-11:30am and mobile treatment centre on Brighton Seafront.

Email: sussexhomelessservice@sja.org.uk

Website: https://www.sja.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work-in-the-community/our-homeless-services/brighton/

If you need any medical advice or medical care, that is not an emergency, the St John ambulance offers volunteer run drop-in sessions with a provisional medical team.


The salvation army Brighton

Address: 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace BN2 3HD

More information: https://streetsupport.net/find-help/organisation/?organisation=the-salvation-army---the-hub

This service offers clothes, emotional support and showers for rough sleepers and vulnerable individuals in the Brighton & Hove area.


Homeless services in Eastbourne


Helping The Homeless

Address: 8-12 Wickham Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3EN

Contact number: 07367060708

Website: https://wuth.org/

Helping the Homeless ensures those on the streets have enough food, clothing and support.


Matthews 25 Missions

Address: Brodie Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN

Contact number: 01323726960

Email: manager@matthew25mission.org

Website: https://www.matthew25mission.org/

Matthews 25 Missions aim is to support individuals who are homeless, living in insecure housing and more.


The Salvation Army

Address: 141 Langney Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AG.

Contact number: 01323640382

Website: https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/eastbourne-citadel

The Salvation Army provides a range of services to individuals who are homeless and vulnerable in Eastbourne. These services include access to computers, advice and support. Washing services and showers are available to those who are in temporary accommodation and rough sleepers.


Homeless service in Lewes


Lewes Open Door

Address: Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes, BN71BL

Contact number: 07985418079

Website: https://www.lewesopendoor.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/LewesOpenDoor/

Lewes open Door supports the homeless, vulnerable and socially isolated members of the Lewes community. They run regular drop-ins with advice and support, as well as providing clean clothes, bedding and a place to wash.


Homeless services in worthing


Turning Tides

Address: Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA

Contact number: 01903680740

Email: info@turning-tides.org

Website: https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/

Turning Tides began as a group of Christians in Worthing, they now are the biggest provider of services for homeless people in West Sussex. Their service empowers people to build confidence to create an independent and brighter future for themselves, from outreach teams to residential programmes.




Welfare


Welfare and monetary organisations


Brighton & Hove Council Welfare Office

Brighton & Hove council has its own Welfare Team designed to make sure you do not miss out on money you can claim as benefits. They provide benefit advice, work with other organisations that can offer legal help and can represent you if you make a benefit appeal or if your benefit claim is turned down. They provide two ways of contact: the first is by phone call, open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am to 1pm. The second is by email. They also publish guides about different benefits and how to claim them.


Brighton Unemployment Centre

Address: 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton, BN2 0GY

Contact number: 01273601211

Email: info@bucfp.org

Website: https://bucfp.org/#

Brighton Unemployment Centre is a charity that provides practical support, education and advice to those who are unemployed, living in poor conditions, benefit claimants, the unwaged, pensioners, families and those on low incomes in the Brighton & Hove area.


Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a network of charities operating across England and Wales, giving confidential advice online or on the phone. They can help you with advice regarding benefits and make sure that you know what benefits you are entitled to. You can contact them on the advice line which is open Monday to Friday between 10am - 4pm.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Citizens Advice, listed below:

If English is not your first language, you can ask for an interpreter to be arranged.

Brighton & Hove

Office Address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tilbury road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Helpline number: 08082787815

Website: https://www.cabrightonhove.org/

Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove offers free and confidential advice. You can get advice via their helpline which is open:

Monday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-3.30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm-7:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am-12:30p, and 1:30pm-3:30p,

Friday: 9:30-12:30.

Or, you can request a call back or email advice by filling out their online enquiry form, which you can access here: https://www.cabrightonhove.org/online-enquiry/

Alternatively, you can visit them at their weekly drop-ins on Thursday and Friday between 9:30am-12:30pm.


Citizens Advice Eastbourne

Address: Unit 6, Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

Contact number: 03444111444

Website: http://www.eastbournecab.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/CitizensAdviceEastbourne/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eastbournecab

Providing free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. You can contact them using the number above, their office is open;

Monday: 10am-3pm

Tuesday: 10am-1pm

Wednesday: 10am-3pm

Thursday: 10am-3pm

Or, you can request a call back or email advice by filling out their online enquiry form, which you can access here: https://www.eastsussexcab.co.uk/


Lewes Citizens Advice Bureau

Address: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB

Helpline: 08082787892

Email: info@lewesca.onmicrosoft.com

Website:http://www.lewesdistrictcab.org.uk/

Providing free, independent, confidential and impartial advice, they operate drop-ins (appointment only) across the Lewes distinct, including Newhaven, Seaford, Peacehaven and Lewes. To arrange an appointment call 01273007557 or email the email address below.

Their helpline is available between 9:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.


Citizens Advice Worthing

Address: Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA

Contact number: 080802787969

Website: https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/worthing/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/CAWestSussex

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAWestSussex

Citizens Advice Worthing offers free and confidential advice. You can contact them using the number above, their office is open: Monday- Friday between 9am to 4:30 for advice or you can use the number to arrange a face-to-face appointment.

Alternatively, you can use their email contact form and an adviser will get back to you. This service is available here: https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/contact-us/email/


Money Advice Plus

Address: Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Contact Number: 08081963699

Email Address: info@moneyadvice.org.uk

Website: https://www.moneyadviceplus.org.uk/

Money Advice Plus helps and supports people with managing their financial or money affairs. They can provide debt and benefit advice, help with documentation like naturalisation and travel documents. As part of their money handling services they are able to distribute money to people who are not entitled to benefits but the council has a duty to support.

They also run a drop in advice desk every fortnight on a Friday between 11am to 2pm at the BMECP centre located 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE.


MoneyHelper

MoneyHelper provides assistance to understand benefits in the UK and explain how you can access them. They provide impartial advice backed by the UK government and they can, if needed, recommend further support. They produce up-to-date information and guides on their website but you can also contact them through their free helpline, which is open between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.

Or you can submit a question using their online web form, which you can access here: https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/contact-us/money-guidance/money-guidance-enquiry-form


Moneyworks Advice Line

Address: Hove Town Hall, Tilbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Contact Number: 08081963699

Email: info@moneyadviseplus.org.uk

Website: https://advicebrighton-hove.org.uk/

A partnership between a number of financial organisations supporting financial inclusiveness in Brighton & Hove, including Money Advice Plus, St Lukes Centre, BHT Advice Centre, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, the Hangleton and Knoll Project, Possability People and Whitehawk Inn. They provide free and independent advice on a whole range of money issues, including debt, maximising income, benefits, and credit scores.

You can ring their helpline on either 08009887037 or 01273809288 and it is open on:

Monday: 3pm-7pm, Tuesday: 10am-2pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 12:30pm-4:30pm; and Friday: 10am-2pm.


Project 17

Address: St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St, London, E8 4SA

Contact number: 07963509044

Email: info@project17.org.uk

Website: https://www.project17.org.uk/

Project 17 is a national organisation working to end destitution among migrant children. They work with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to local authority support. If you have no children, no recourse to public funds and are homeless, facing homelessness or struggling to meet you and your children's essential needs; then you can call Project 17 or email to make an appointment.


Refugee Radio

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234868

Email: info@regugeeradio.org.uk

Website: https://refugeeradio.org.uk/

Refugee Radio run a specialist casework advice service for refugees and asylum seekers and are able to provide benefit advice, from making a benefit claim through to appeals. If you wish to have access to this support, contact the number above.


St. Luke's Advice Service

Address: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Contact number: 01273549203

Email: info@stlukesadviceservice.org

Website: https://www.stlukesadviceservice.org.uk/

St. Lukes Advice centre offers free advice, information, and help with form filling related to debts, benefits, tax credits, pension credit, debt relief order and bankruptcy. To have a one to one meeting with their advisors, you must contact the organisation first. There are three ways in which you can do this, the first is by filling out a form on their website, or by contacting them using their telephone line which is open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm or alternatively you can email them.


Wave Community Bank

Address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, BN3 3BQ.

Contact Number: 03003033188

Email: info@wavecb.org.uk

Website: https://wavecb.org.uk/

Wave Community Bank helps individuals who are struggling to open a bank account due to lack of ID or they do not have a permanent address, across East Sussex including Brighton & Hove. By joining Wave Bank you can get access to an engage account, which is a basic prepaid bank account with a VISA debit card so you can shop online and in stores. To join Wave bank, an application form can be downloaded from https://wavecb.org.uk/join-us/

Please note that we accept no responsibility for, nor do we endorse Wave Community Bank.


Welfare benefits project

East Sussex county council operates a welfare benefits project, to help you if you are struggling financially, need help with a benefit issue or concerned about growing debt. The helpline is free and confidential, it is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or you can email them.




Immigration

The UK asylum seeker process can be very difficult to understand, that is why Right to Remain have created a navigation board to help you understand each step of the UK asylum system. This webpage has the option of selecting different languages, including Arabic, Farsi, French and many more.

Webpage: Asylum navigation board – Right to Remain


Legal Advice

England and Wales have a highly regulated legal framework that only allows legal advice under very strict circumstances. Providing unregulated immigration advice or immigration services is illegal under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. The Office of the Immigration Service Commission (OISC) regulated immigration advice in the UK. The qualification level will determine the kind of advice that a licensed and registered adviser can provide. For more information, check the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/find-an-immigration-adviser/what-advisers-can-do

If your immigration issue is more complex, you must consult an immigration solicitor or specialist caseworker. Before you seek advice from an immigration specialist, make sure they are registered with OISC.

There are two ways of accessing immigration and asylum representation. The first option is to hire a private solicitor at a regulated law firm. Your solicitor will charge you a fee which you can discuss directly with them. The second option is to apply for asylum claims and some limited immigration cases through public funded legal aid. Those who are eligible for legal aid will have their fees paid by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). You may have to contribute towards the cost in some circumstances, depending on how much the LSC is willing to pay. Financial circumstances and the nature of your case determine whether you are eligible for legal aid for immigration and asylum representation. To find out whether you are eligible for legal aid through the Citizen Advice website which include the conditions for accessing legal aid: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/legal-system/finding-free-or-affordable-legal-help/#h_what_are_the_financial_conditions_for_getting_civil_legal_aidexplains

OR through using the Civil Legal Advice online tool on the UK Government website, to check your eligibility: https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

OR you can contact the Civil Legal Advice helpline on 0345 345 4345. This helpline can provide free interpreting services, if English is not your first language.

There are very few OISC accredited advisors, particularly at the higher level of OISC qualification, available in Brighton & Hove. Currently in the area, immigration advice and representation has reached a low level. Legal aid is still available for asylum applications, but obtaining representation can be challenging. Currently, the only local legal aid representation and advice is supplied by Brighton Housing Trust, but it cannot take on all cases.

If you are eligible for legal aid representation, you would be wise to try and secure it as it provides a comparable quality to private services.

Find a Solicitor is an online service run by the Law Society that enables anyone seeking information about legal firms in England and Wales that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA): https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/public/for-public-visitors/using-a-solicitor/help-with-paying-legal-costs


Asylum Substantive (Big) Interview


The asylum substantive interview is an important step in your application for refugee status. It occurs after your screening, but it can take from a week to a year or sometimes, even later.

Here is some advice for your interview:

It is advised that you ask for the interview to be recorded, you must notify the UK Home Office 24 hours before the interview. The letter you received will tell you how to do this. To make you feel more comfortable during the interview, you can request for a male or female interviewer, and an interpreter if you need one.

Asylum Interviews will take place in big cities, for Sussex, this will most likely be in London. Travel tickets will be sent to Asylum Support recipients. These might not arrive until the day before your interview. If it does not arrive, call the number on your interview letter.

Organisations and charities below can sometimes provide more specific advice for dealing with the UK Home Office, including the Substantive interview:


Local legal advice organisations


Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a network of charities operating across England and Wales, giving confidential advice online or on the phone. They can only provide basic advice on immigration applications and help clients complete standard forms. You can contact them on the advice line which is open Monday to Friday between 10am - 4pm.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Citizens Advice, listed below. If English is not your first language, you can ask for an interpreter to be arranged.


Brighton & Hove

Office Address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tilbury road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Helpline number: 08082787815

Website: https://www.cabrightonhove.org/

Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove offers free and confidential advice. They can only provide basic advice on immigration applications and help clients complete standard forms. You can get advice via their helpline which is open:

Monday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-3.30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm-7:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am-12:30p, and 1:30pm-3:30p,

Friday: 9:30-12:30.

Or, you can request a call back or email advice by filling out their online enquiry form, which you can access here: https://www.cabrightonhove.org/online-enquiry/

Alternatively, you can visit them at their weekly drop-ins on Thursday and Friday between 9:30am-12:30pm.


Citizens Advice Eastbourne

Address: Unit 6, Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

Contact number: 03444111444

Website: http://www.eastbournecab.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/CitizensAdviceEastbourne/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eastbournecab

Providing free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. You can contact them using the number above, their office is open;

Monday: 10am-3pm

Tuesday: 10am-1pm

Wednesday: 10am-3pm

Thursday: 10am-3pm

Or, you can request a call back or email advice by filling out their online enquiry form, which you can access here: https://www.eastsussexcab.co.uk/

Lewes Citizens Advice Bureau

Address: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB

Helpline: 08082787892

Email: info@lewesca.onmicrosoft.com

Website:http://www.lewesdistrictcab.org.uk/

Providing free, independent, confidential and impartial advice, they operate drop-ins (appointment only) across the Lewes distinct, including Newhaven, Seaford, Peacehaven and Lewes. To arrange an appointment call 01273007557 or email the email address below.

Their helpline is available between 9:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.


Citizens Advice Worthing

Address: Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA

Contact number: 080802787969

Website: https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/worthing/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/CAWestSussex

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAWestSussex

Citizens Advice Worthing offers free and confidential advice. You can contact them using the number above, their office is open: Monday- Friday between 9am to 4:30 for advice or you can use the number to arrange a face-to-face appointment.

Alternatively, you can use their email contact form and an adviser will get back to you. This service is available here: https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/contact-us/email/


Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

Address: The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD

Telephone number: 01293 657070

Website: https://www.gdwg.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/GatDetainees/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GatDetainees

Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group offers emotional and practical support through its volunteer visors to asylum seekers and immigration detainees held at Tinsley House and Brook House removal centres near Gatwick Airport.


Immigration Legal Services at Brighton Housing Trust Sussex

Brighton Housing Immigration Legal Services can offer legal advice and representation to those eligible for legal aid funding and living in the South East. For example, asylum cases, bail and some specific cases involving domestic violence or human trafficking. Since the Legal team is small, they can only take on cases when they have the capacity to do so, so please check their website to see if they are only taking specific cases, before applying.


Migration Law Clinic at University of Sussex

Address: University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9QE

Website: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/law/clinical-legal-education/

The Migration Law Clinic offers migration and asylum legal advice, which is facilities and researched by students within the Law School, under the supervision of academics and legal practitioners supporting the clinic. This means that the clinic does not operate outside term time or during assessment period. The clinic has a Level 3 OISC registration and provides legal advice cost-free to any individual who cannot afford to pay for private legal advice. To request legal advice from the clinic, please follow the link and fill out the form on their website:https://www.sussex.ac.uk/law/clinical-legal-education/free-legal-advice



Money Advice Plus

Address: Hove Town Hall, Tilbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Contact Number: 08081963699

Email: info@moneyadviseplus.org.uk

Website: https://advicebrighton-hove.org.uk/

Money Advice Plus helps individuals who are experiencing difficulties managing their money or financial affairs, across East Sussex. In addition to their financial advice, they have an adviser authorised by the OISC to provide level 1 immigration advice and can also help apply for documents like naturalisation and travel documents. They run a drop in advice desk every fortnight on a Friday between 11am to 2pm at the BMECP centre located 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE.


The Links Project

Address: All Souls Church, Wellesley Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3RJ

Contact number: 07876388782

Email: hellosanctuarycafe@gmail.com

Website: https://www.sanctuarycafeeastbourne.co

The Links Project works at the Sanctuary Cafe, on and can provide basic immigration advice


They can only provide basic advice on every Friday between 10am-12pm. They can provide basic immigration advice and can signpost you to other services in Eastbourne area.


Voices in Exile

Address: Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP

Contact Number: 01273328598

Website: https://www.voicesinexile.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonvoicesinexile/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesinexile

Voices in Exile are accredited to provide specialist immigration advice up to OISC Level 2, providing one-off advice via their advice line or email, as well as immigration casework provided by a qualified caseworker. They can assist with complex applications but cannot represent in appeals to the First Tier Tribunal or Upper Tier Tribunal or with a Judicial Review. All of their services are for vulnerable and/or destitute migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are not eligible for legal aid and/or do not have the funds for private legal advice. As a general rule they do not assist EEA nationals but will consider particular vulnerable/complex cases. You can download a referral form from their website.

They operate two advice line on the same number 01273082105:


  • Immigration Advice Line open on Tuesdays between 1:30pm-3:30pm. For refugees, asylum seekers and migrants unable to fund for private legal advice or access legal aid.

  • Generalist Advice Line is open on Thursday between 2pm-4pm. Offering advice and signposting services to help migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.


Alternatively, you can also email advice@voicesinexil.org which is checked throughout the week.

Please note that Voices in Exile cannot currently assist with citizenship applications, visitor visas, or any enquired relating to the points based system for work and student visas.


Local commercial firms offering legal advice

Please note that we accept no responsibility for, nor do we endorse the services offered by these firms.


Healys LLP

Address: 8 & 9 Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1EJ

Contact number: 01273685888

Email: brighton@healys.com

Website: https://healys.com/

Healsy LLP will accept inquiries in all areas of immigration, asylum and EEA law.


Irving & Co

Address: Queensberry House, 106 Queens Road, BN1 2XF.

Contact Number 01273862509

Email: mail@irvinglegal.co.uk

Website: http://irvinglegal.co.uk/

Irving and Co solicitors are able to represent clients in all areas of immigration law, European law, Asylum Law and Nationality law. They represent clients at all stages of the appeal process in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal and European Court. They also specialise in Judicial Reviews applications to the high court.



Paul Ward Ltd - Immigration specialist

Address: 3rd Floor, Queensberry House, Queens Road, BN1 3XF

Contact number: +4471273862552

Email: paulward@pjward.co.uk

Website: https://pjward.co.uk/

Accepts inquires in all areas of immigration and asylum, including deportation and EEA issues.



Worthing Immigration Solicitors

Address: 27a Goring Road, Worthing, BN12 4AR

Contact number: 01903243500

Email: conact@worthingimmigrationsolicitors.co.uk

Website: http://www.worthingimmigrationsolicitors.co.uk/

Worthing Immigration Solicitors accepts all inquiries on immigration, including asylum, nationality and related human rights law. This also includes all applications to the UK Government Home Office, judicial reviews and appeals.




Improving your English Language skills

English language skills teaching - Courses available in Sussex


East Sussex College

Lewes campus address: 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH

Eastbourne campus address: Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, NM21 1UF

Administration contact number: 03030039699

Administration Lewes email: Lewes.Admissions@escg.ac.uk

Administration Eastbourne email: Eastbourne.Admissions@escg.ac.uk

Website:https://adult.escg.ac.uk/courses/english-modern-foreign-languages/english-as-a-foreign-language/esol-63669/

Offering a range of English classes based on your level, from beginner to intermediate. You may be able to access the course for free or at a discounted rate. Please contact the admission team, using the email above, to find out more information on courses fee.


English 4 all at Seaside Community Hub

Address: 125 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN

Contact number: 01323371322

Website: https://www.seasidecommunityhub.com/

English 4 all is a weekly meeting held at the Seaside Community Hub, every Thursday between 1:30pm-3pm. It provides a relaxed and friendly environment to learn and practice basic English conversations.


Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Central Brighton Campus address: Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA.

Worthing campus address: Northbrook College, Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, BN12 6NU

Contact number: 01273667788

Admissions email: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk

Website: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/

Offering a range of English classes based on your level, from beginner to intermediate. You may be able to access the course for free or at a discounted rate. Please contact the admission team, using the email above, to find out more information on courses fee.


The Brighton & Hove City Council Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

Address: Fairlight Primary School, St Leonards Road, Brighton, BN2 3AG

Contact number: 01273292521

Email: EMASadmin@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/ethnic-minority-achievement-service-emas

EMAS supports pupils from across Brighton & Hove, who have English as an additional language. It is a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants, bilingual assistance and home school liaison workers to provide flexible support to pre-school, primary and secondary aged children, in their own school. You have to be referred to EMAS by pre-schools, schools and health visitors.


The Migrant English Project (MEP)

Address: Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton, BN1 5PG.

Email: mepbrighton12@gmail.com

Website: https://mepbrighton.com/

MEP provides free and informal English classes for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. It aims to help you advance your English, at every level, in an informal environment, sessions can be, either, 1:1 or part of a small group. Sessions run on Mondays from 10:20am till 3:30pm at the address above.


Sanctuary Cafe

Address: Wellesley Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3RJ

Contact number: 07876388782

Email: hellosanctuarycafe@gmail.com

Website: https://www.sanctuarycafeeastbourne.com/

Sanctuary Cafe offers access to English Conversation Classes, every Friday 10am-12pm, for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Eastbourne. They have experienced and qualified English teachers who will support you at any level of English.



Sussex Interpreting Services

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG.

Contact number: 01273702005

Email: info@sussexinterpreting.org.uk

Website: https://sussexinterpreting.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/sis.interpreting.services

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sussexinterpret

Sussex Interpreting Service offers some free services to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, including interpreting and translation services, health and community programmes and bilingual advocacy, with the aim to enable you to integrate into the wider Brighton community. You can ask for an interpreter for your doctor’s appointment, this is paid for by the NHS.


Workers Education Association

Workers Education Association is a national organisation, which offers free online courses from beginner to intermediate, each course is designed to help you advance your English. They do offer classes in person, but these are not offered all year round.


Online resources


These are some useful and free websites to learn English.


BBC

The BBC has provided material to help individuals improve their English. There is a wide range of material provided including podcasts, stories and quizzes.

BBC learning English app: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/app

Courses, stories and podcast to help you learn English: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/


British Council

The British Council is a British organisation which aims to build connections between the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. They specialise in providing material and opportunity for individuals to learn English. The list below is some of the material the British Council have provided to assist you in improving your English:

Apps, videos and podcasts: Link https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/apps

Learn English for teens: Link https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar

Beginner to pre-intermediate activities: Link https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/vocabulary/a1-a2-vocabulary

Intermediate to upper-intermediate activities: Link https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/vocabulary/b1-b2-vocabulary


Conversation Over Borders

Postal Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Email: info@conversationoverborders.org

Contact number: +447871387035

Website: https://www.conversationoverborders.org/

Conversation Over Borders runs an English and Befriending Project which connects asylum seekers and refugees with volunteer tutors for free 1:1 online English conversation classes. To find out more information in regards to this programme, you can email team-english@conversationoverborders.org


Future Learn

Future Learn is a website which allows you to access multiple short courses to learn English for free. Different courses become available throughout the year and they offer a unique way to advance your English.




Community groups


Moving to a new place can be lonely, there are a variety of community groups you can get involved with in Sussex.


Black and Minority Ethnic Youth Project (BMEYPP).

BMEYPP is a youth-led community project for young people in Brighton and Hove aged 11 to 25. Offering a safe place and opportunities for young people to access support, learn new skills through informal education and engage in fun, social, sports and arts activities; with the hope to build a community and empower Black and Minority Ethnic young people.


Brighton Womens Centre

Brighton Women's Centre is focused on empowering women and children to improve their lives and live independent lives. They offer safe women only spaces, open to all self-identified women, regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parenthood, race, belief, and sexuality.

They offer multiple services including women's counselling and psychotherapy, holistic therapy, women’s accommodation, support services, ToyBox and assisting women through the criminal justice system. They also offer services to connect women with other women and grow friendship and community, including Peer to Peer groups and wellbeing activities.


Conversation Over Borders

Postal Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Contact Number: +447871387035

General inquiries email: info@conversationoverborders.org

Website: https://www.conversationoverborders.org

Conversation Over Borders is an online community, working directly with refugees and asylum seekers across the UK. They run various online projects, including a wellbeing project which has recently launched five new support groups, for Arabic speakers, Farsi speakers, women only, parents and mixed groups available to everyone. An English and Befriending programme aimed to provide one-to-one support, build your confidence and help you connect with people. They run a monthly online cooking class, a chance to learn and take part in cuisines from around the world. They also have a digital inclusion project which provides technology, training, and digital support to digitally excluded refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. In Brighton & Hove, they have regular community activities, aimed to engage you with the local community. Activities include beach cleaning and art workshops.


To get involved in any of the projects please email the specific emails below:

Wellbeing project: welbeing@conversationoverborders.org

English and Befriending: learn-english@conversationoverboarders.org

Digital Inclusion Project: ily.conversationoverborders@gmail.org


Devonshire Collective

Devonshire Collective is a creative and cultural hub in Eastbourne, with studios, workshops, gallery and cafe for artists, community members and the public. They run a series of art programmes that are free, inclusive, artist-led, art activities for the local community. Activities and classes change all year round.


Hangleton and Knoll MultiCultural Women's Group

Address: Hangleton & Knoll project, St Richards community Centre, Egmont Road, BN3 7FP

Email: info@hkproject.org.uk

Website: https://www.hkproject.org.uk/communitylearning

Facebook: Hangleton and Knoll Multi Cultural Womens ‘Group - Home | Facebook

A group open to all women, the Hangleton and Knoll MultiCultural Women’s Group run multiple activities for local women. The group focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle, activities include Yoga, walks, women only swimming and monthly coffee mornings. If you are interested in joining and would like more information please contact Raminder at gill.raminder@gmail.com or Aleya at aleya.khatun@hkproject.org.uk


They also run English classes with a Bengali speaking tutor. The courses usually run for 6-8 weeks and cost £5 for members of the Multi-cultural group and £10 for non members. For more information contact Claire Johnson on 01273410858 or email clair.johnson@hkproject.org.uk


Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird Project assists young refugees and asylum seekers, in Brighton. They run a youth club every Monday at the BMECP centre, between 5pm-7pm. Young people can drop in and allow them to meet new people locally. They also offer individual support, with staff who have experience working with at-risk young people who have been forced to be on the move. The organisation also runs a young leaders programme, to help young refugees develop confidence and Hummingbird Learning Space providing 1-2-1 educational support.


Lewes Quakers Meeting House

Address: Meeting House, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE

Contact number: 01273472276

Website: https://www.lewesquakers.org.uk/

Meeting weakly, Quakers are a group of individuals who place equality at the heart of their life. They are open to lessons learned from everyone's life experiences and to the insight of other faiths. Some Quakers identify as Christian, others do not. Some believe in God while others do not. They believe what is important is how individuals live their lives, not what they believe.


LGBT Youth Group - Eastbourne

Address: Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NB

Email: iam_who_iam@mail.com

Website: https://www.Facebook.com/groups/142847309782697/about/

LGBT Youth Group is an inclusive group welcoming LGBT individuals. It provides a safe place for young people to make new friends and learn new skills. They meet every Friday between 6pm-8pm.


Migrants Welcome Project at Voices in Exile

Address: Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP

Contact Number: 01273328598

Website: https://www.voicesinexile.org/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/brightonvoicesinexile

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesinexile/

Voices in Exile run three weekly support groups for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, to help you integrate and build a community in Brighton & Hove. These groups run between 10am-1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can only join one group. For more information or to express interest in attending any of these groups please contact Hayat Shehab on the contact information below:

Email: hayat.shehab@voicesinexile.org

Contact Number: 0736712855


Never Alone

Address: Congress Theatre Cafe, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP

Email: any.holter@scjfield.co.uk

Website:https://www.escis.org.uk/community-and-social-activities/never-alone-eastbourne/

Never Alone is an activity group set up by CPK Field Haine & Son and supported by St John Ambulance. The group provides an opportunity to meet new people in the community and try fun activities in Eastbourne. They meet every last Tuesday of the month.


Sanctuary Cafe

Address: Wellesley Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3RJ

Contact number: 07876388782

Email: hellosanctuarycafe@gmail.com

Website: https://www.sanctuarycafeeastbourne.com/

Sanctuary Cafe is an organisation based in Eastbourne, providing a warm and welcoming community for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. They run a drop-in every Friday between 10am-12pm, giving you the chance to meet other refugees and asylum seekers. As well as access to immigration support, advice, signposting and English Conversation Classes.


Seaside Community Hub

Address: 125 Seaside, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7NN.

Contact number: 01323371322

Website: https://www.seasidecommunityhub.com/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/Seasidecommunityhub/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seasidecommunityhub/

Seaside Community Hub is a community hub in Eastbourne, where locals can meet people and gain new skills. They run a variety of services, some of which do include a cost including an internet cafe and a coding club. They also run a Friendship group, open to anyone, to meet new people, play games or have a chat. They do have refreshments available but they do have a cost. They also have a PC helping hand service, which is a non-profit organisation aimed at supporting or educating individuals on their own computer equipment.


Sierra Leone Sussex Association

Email: Hajimatu@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 07853133455 (Alhaji Bangura)

Website: https://sierraleonesussexassociation.wordpress.com/

The Sierra Leone Sussex Association was established by a community of Sierra Leoneans living in Sussex. They aim to improve the quality of life for their members and wider community through providing social and cultural activities to reduce social isolation within the Sierra Leonean community.


Sudanese Women and Children Group in Brighton

A non-profit group who aim to provide Sudanese women and children help and support to engage in wider society and to build a relationship with their Sudanese Background.


Sussex Kurdish Community (SKC)

Address: 92B, Lewes Road, BN2 3HZ

Contact Number: +4401273245045

Email: info@kurdishcom.com

SKC is a non-profit volunteering organisation which runs activities and services intended to develop the relationship among the Kurdish community and improve the social and cultural lives of Kurdish people.


Sussex Syrian Community Group

The Sussex Syrian Community Group is run by Syrian volunteers, from a diverse range of ethnic and religious backgrounds, for the Syrian community. They aim to run services, activities and events to benefit the Syrian community in Brighton & Hove, engaging in the local community and creating a community.


Switchboard Brighton & Hove

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

Contact number: 01273234009

Email: info@switchboard.org

Website: https://www.switchboard.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/LGBTswitchboard/

Switchboard Brighton is a local branch of the national organisation which aims to support LGBTQ+ community in Brighton. They provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals and run various specific projects focused on the community. These include health and inclusion project, social activities and meeting for LGBTQ+ aged 50+, dementia support, peer group for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced bereavement and a project for disabled LGBTQ+ people.


The Black Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP)

Address: BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, BN1 4ZE

Contact number: 01273600885 or 03003031171

Email: contact@bmecp.org.uk

Website: https://bmecp.org.uk/community-services/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/bmecpcentre

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmecp_centre/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/bmecpcentre

BMECP is a Brighton charity offering a range of services that support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The site also runs two groups, BMECP 50+ Group and the BMECP Chinese Elders Group. Both of which are free to join. BMECP also hosts free yoga classes for women refugees, asylum seekers and migrant women, provided by the Brighton Natural Health Centre

They also run a Refugee One Stop Shop for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on Friday, every two weeks. This is an opportunity to meet other migrants, seek benefit advice and help to apply for documents.


The Cowley Club

The Crowley Club is a volunteer run anarchist social club in Brighton. It houses a cafe and bookshop during the day and a member bar in the evenings. There is also a library and it holds various projects dedicated to grassroots social change. Weekly events include Mutual Aid Vegan Foodbank, a benefit information exchange network run on Tuesdays between 1pm-3pm and Community vegan cafe which aims to keep the prices as cheap as possible running on Fridays and Saturdays between 12pm-4pm. They also look for volunteers, no experience is required.


The Network of International Women

Run by volunteers, the Network of International Women provides a platform for women to meet, share knowledge, experience and support each other in Brighton and Hove. Their aim is to enhance a sense of belonging among women from diverse and marginalised backgrounds, through taking part in inclusive group activities around Brighton and Hove. Group activities include a weekly crafts meeting every Wednesday morning at the Jubilee library, discussion and information forums, events centred around food, monthly walks, and formal education and training opportunities. It is voluntary and activities are open to all women and are children friendly. To find out more information or to express your intent to join, please email:

intlwomensnetwork@gmail.com


Young Peoples Centre

Address: Young People’s Centre, 69 Ship street, Brighton, BN1 1AE

Contact number: 01273887886

Website: http://youngpeoplescentre.org.uk/

Email: y.pc@impact-initiatives.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/YPCbrighton

The Young People Centre offers a safe and social place for young people aged 13 to 25, located in the centre of Brighton. It is a place where young people can access free advice, support, counselling, activities and free access to computers and WIFI. For full information of the sessions they offer, please see their website.




Local resources


Front Door Families

Contact number: 01273290400 (Open 9am- 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4:30 on Friday).

Emergency Duty Service number: 01273335905 or 01273335906

Email: FrontDoorForFamilies@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/frontdoorforfamilies

Front Door for Families is a single point of contact for services that support and provide guidance for parents, carers, members of the public, young people and professionals in the Brighton & Hove area. This organisation is a collection of professionals with different areas of expertise, working together to decide and coordinate the best way to support children, young people and their families, where there is concern. Support can involve: parenting guardian and information, supporting a child's healthy and active development, supporting children with mental health or wellbeing issues and keeping children and young people safe from harm or abuse. Referrals to this organisation are via an online form on the website. If you have a conversation with a child or a young person that you are concerned about, contact Front Door for families. If you need to talk to someone outside office hours, urgently, please contact the Emergency Duty Service. If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger call 999.


Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)- West Sussex

Contact number: 01403229900 (Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday)

Emergency Duty Service number: 03302226664

Email: WSChildrenService@westsussex.gov.uk

Website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/social-care-support/children/contact-us-for-childrens-social-care-support/

MASH is a single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in West Sussex, including front door access for Early Help. This organisation is a collection of professionals with different areas of expertise, working together to decide and coordinate the best way to support children and young people where there is concern. If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999.


Single Point of Advice (SPoA) - East Sussex

Contact number: 01323464222 (Open 8.30am- 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-4:30 on Friday).

Emergency Duty Service number: 01273335905 or 01273335906

Website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/children-families/professional-resources/spoa

SPoA is a single point of contact to discuss concerns about a young person or child. It is a multi-agency headed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and East Sussex County Council Children’s Services staff who are experienced with children and young people, they will work together to deal with concerns reaching Level 3 or 4. SPoA is now the contact for referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), to assist 0-18 year olds experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties. If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999.


Sussex Beacon

Address: 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton, BN2 4DE

Contact number: 01273694222

Email: info@sussexbeacon.org.uk

Website: https://www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/thesussexbeacon/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sussexbeacon/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sussexbeacon

Sussex Beacon provides specialist care and support to people living with HIV, around Sussex. Operating from their Brighton centre, their service promotes independence and improves health and wellbeing through providing inpatient and outpatient services.




Activities and Life in Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove is a vibrant and lively city with a lot of cultural and social activity going on. A lot of activities are free and open to anyone. It is important as an asylum seeker or refugee to try to connect to your new home through meeting people and getting out of the home, seeing new things and trying out new activities. This is great for your mental health. It is important for all people to have a community that they form part of and have a sense of belonging.

Religious Centres


This is a list of some religious facilities in Brighton & Hove:


Buddhist

Most of the Buddhist centres in Brighton & Hove practice Western Buddhism but all Buddhists are welcome.


Brighton Buddhist Centre

Address: The Brighton Buddhist Centre, 17 Tichborne Street, Brighton, BN1 1UR.

Contact number: 01273772090

Email: info@brightonbuddhistcentre.co.uk

Website: https://brightonbuddhistcentre.co.uk/

As a part of the Triratna movement, this centre offers weekly meditation classes both online and in person. They also offer monthly mediation sessions for the LGBTQ+ community.


Christian

There are dozens of Christian churches in Brighton & Hove, some of which offer specific support to asylum seekers, and some also have a food bank.


St Matthias Church

Address: St Matthias Church, Fiveways, Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 6JG.

Contact number: 01273239999

Email: info@stmatthiasbrighton.org

Website: https://www.stmatthiasbrighton.org/16/Contact-Us

An Anglican church in the centre of Brighton which hosts multiple events, including an anxiety help and a marriage course.



One Church

Address: One Church Brighton, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA

Contact number: 01273694746

Email: info@onechurchbrighton.org

Website: https://www.onechurchbrighton.org/

A Baptist church, focused on building an inclusive and vibrant Christian community in Brighton & Hove. They run multiple projects focused on equality.



St Josephs & St John the Baptist

Address: St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3AA or St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2 Bristol Road, Brighton, BN2 1AP.

Website: https://www.eastbrightoncatholic.org.uk/

A Catholic parish in East Brighton offering multiple events

Holland Road Baptist Church

Address: Holland Road Baptist Church, 65-71 Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JN.

Contact number: 01273732111

Website: https://www.hrbc.org.uk/

A Lutheran catholic church in Hove with information in both Cantonese and Farsi.


Jewish

Brighton & Hove Progessive Synagogue

Address: 6 Lansdowne Road, Brighton & Hove, BN3 1FF

Contact number: 0127377223

Website: http://bhps-online.org/

A progressive synagogue abiding by the affirmations of Liberal Judaism, with over 300 members.


Hove Hebrew Congregation

Address: 79 Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1JN

Contact number: 07483951138

Website: http://www.hollandroadshul.com/

A traditional orthodox Jewish congregation in Hove.


Muslim

Al-Medinah Mosque

Address: 24 Bedford Pl, Hove, Brighton, BN1 2PT.

Contact number: 07940256718

Website: https://almedinah.co.uk/

A community based mosque offering services for both Muslim and non-Muslims


Brighton Mosque and Muslim community centre

Address: 150 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 5PA

Contact number: 01273505247 or 07578559753

Website: https://brightonmosque.co.uk/

The first Mosque in Brighton, Brighton Mosque provides a place of worship and prayer.


Shah Jalal Mosque

Address: 252 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5QT

Contact number: 07826454324

The only Mosque in Hove, Shah Jalal Mosque offers a place of worship.


Brighton and Hove Muslim Forum

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG.

Email: info@bhmf.org.uk

Website: https://www.bhmf.org.uk/

While this is not a place of worship, Brighton & Hove Muslim forum is a non profit organisation, serving the religious, social and cultural needs of the Muslim community in Brighton & Hove.


Hindu


Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple

Address: 79a Trafalgar Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1XD.

Website: https://www.swaminarayan.info/temples/europe/81-shree-swaminarayan-temple-brighton-isso

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is located in Portslade, offering multiple services.


Public Events


Brighton Festival

Held every year in May, Brighton Festival is a multi arts festival held in venues across Brighton & Hove. It includes music, art, debates, acts, film, literature and many more creative art events. Tickets are usually expensive and sell out quickly, but there are often offers and more open access events if you look on the website.


Brighton Fringe

Held yearly around May to June ,the Brighton’s Fringe is a large arts festival held across Brighton & Hove. There is a mixture of free and chargeable events.


Artist Open Houses

This festival is held across Brighton in May and December, where artists open their studios or workspaces to share with you their art.


Pride

This event is the UK'S most popular international Pride festival, organised by Brighton Pride to promote equality and diversity of LGBTQ+ community in Brighton & Hove. Join the parade which is free and celebrate your individuality with other members of the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ is short for ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and more’ community. The event is split into two, there is a Parade from Hove Lawns to Preston Park which is free to watch our join, and then there is a festival in the Park. Tickets are very expensive but the Pride organisation offers some free and very low price ones to local residents, particularly in the months leading up to August. Over 200,000 people attend Pride, if you are afraid of crowds and noise, this is not the one for you!


Burning the Clocks

This event held in December celebrates the shortest day of the year, by having a parade of paper and willow lanterns through the city before having a bonfire on the beach.


Free activities:


Brighton & Hove beach


Brighton & Hove is famous in the UK for offering a fantastic beach, sit or take a walk along the beach, to relax and enjoy the sight of the sea. You can also swim in the sea, which has many benefits and is free.


There are safety conditions if you want to swim in the sea, which is highly advised you follow:


  • It is highly recommended that you swim during the lifeguard season, where in case of an accident or emergency, they can rescue you. Lifeguard season is from the end of May until the first weekend in September. During this season, always swim between the red and yellow flags on the beach, which mark a safe place to swim.

  • Always check the weather and sea information before swimming, you can look online at https://www.visitbrighton.com/plan-your-visit/tides.

  • Always swim parallel to the shore and stay within your depth.

  • If you feel like you are being pulled out to the sea by the tides, stay calm! And swim diagonally across to the nearest point on the beach.

  • When it is high tide and with the strongest onshore winds, it is highly recommended that you do not swim during these times as it is hard to enter and leave the water. This weather also leads to severe shore dump waves, where the waves suddenly rise and crash with great force. These waves are considered an extreme risk to swimmers therefore you are advised to not swim during these conditions.

  • Northerly winds, also called offshore winds, can make it dangerous for swimmers, as it causes the risk of being swept out.

  • Avoid swimming near the piers and groynes, these areas difficult to swim in due to them having their own fixed currents.

  • For clothing, it is recommended for you to wear a wetsuit for warmth and a bright coloured swim hat so that you are visible. Due to the beaches in Brighton being shingle beaches, it is also recommended that you wear suitable shoes to avoid cuts and falls.

  • Do not jump from piers and groynes as it is extremely dangerous.

  • Even if the weather is sunny and warm, the sea temperature can cause a drop in your body’s temperature. It is recommended that you acclimatise to the water temperature first. To do this, slowly increase the time spent in water. Start with only a few minutes in the sea, at a time and build up the time.

  • Do not drink alcohol and swim in the sea, as alcohol decreases your capabilities and can cause hypothermia in cold waters.


If you witness anyone in danger or entering the water in dangerous sea conditions, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.


On Facebook there is a group called Salty Seabirds that you can join. They go swimming in the sea throughout the year and will help you understand safety at sea. It is open to both men and women.


Brighton Palace Pier

Take a pleasant walk along the pier for free and view the sights of Brighton from this unique view. There are arcades and rides which do cost money on the pier but it is free to walk up and down and enjoy the view. Never jump from the pier into the sea as there are strong currents.


The Lanes

Right in the centre of Brighton, this is narrow alleyways filled with independent jewellers, restaurants and pubs. It is free to explore and get to know Brighton’s uniqueness.


Getting out into nature every day is really good for mental and physical health. Vitamin D in daylight is protective against Depression. Try to go out every morning, especially if you have disrupted sleep, to reset your body. Not only does Brighton have a beach but it offers multiple parks and nature reserves:


  • Stanmer Park

  • Preston Park

  • Queens Park

  • Hove Park

  • St Ann’s Well Gardens

  • Dyke Road Park

  • East Brighton Park

  • The level

  • Withdean Park

  • Wild Park

  • Blakers Park

  • Stoneham Park

  • Easthill Park

  • Hollingbury Park and woods

  • Saunders Park

  • Stanmer Park

  • One Garden Brighton

  • Pavilion Gardens


Rainy day? Or not feeling like being outside? Brighton & Hove offer free museums for you to explore:


Booth Museum

Address: 194 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA

Website: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/

Focused on natural science, this museum hosts taxidermy birds, animals and fossils


Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Address: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Pavilion Parade, Brighton BN1 1EE

Website: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/

Explore Brighton's history through art at this museum. This museum is free to Brighton and Hove residence, just bring proof of address when going to the museum.


Brighton Fishing Museum

Address: 201, Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB

Website: https://www.visitbrighton.com/things-to-do/brighton-fishing-museum-p56323

This museum, right on the beach, takes you on a journey to explore Brighton's fishing journey, with free entrance.


Old Police Cells Museum

Address: Town Hall, Brighton BN1 1JA

Website: https://www.oldpolicecellsmuseum.com/

Take a free tour of the old police cells in Brighton and glimpse into the past at this museum. You will need to book in advance.


Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Address: 19 New Church Rd, Hove BN3 4AB

Website: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove/

Explore Hove’s history and local art collection at this museum for free.





Activities and Life in Eastbourne


It is important as an asylum seeker or refugee to try to connect to your new home through meeting people and getting out of the home, seeing new things and trying out new activities. This is great for your mental health. It is important for all people to have a community that they form part of and have a sense of belonging.


Religious Centres


Buddhist:


Eastbourne Buddhism and Meditation

Address: Meets at Friends Meeting House, 17 Wish road, Eastbourne, BN21 4NX

Website: https://www.eastbournebuddhism.com/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/Eastbourne-Buddhist-group-Triratna-Buddhist-Community-1604144709864899/

A part of the worldwide community of Buddhists called the Triratna Buddhist Community. Running meditation classes and weakly sangha meetings to engage in practising and communicating the teachings of Buddha in Eastbourne. Everyone is welcome to join, including non Buddhists.


Christian:


There are dozens of Christian churches in Eastbourne, all practising different denominations. Some of which offer specific support to asylum seekers, and some also have a food bank. Here's a list of some of the churches in Eastbourne:


All Souls Church

Address: Susans Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3TH

Contact number: 01323731366

Website: https://www.allsoulseastbourne.com/

Situated in the city centre of Eastbourne, this church holds to the doctrine of the Church of England and welcomes everyone of all ages and backgrounds. It holds regular events and meetings, to create a warming and welcoming environment.


Kings Church Eastbourne

Address: Kings Centre, 27 Edison Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6PT

Contact number: 01323521125

Website: https://www.kings.church/

A Protestant church in Eastbourne with the aim of creating a welcoming community from any background.


Our Lady of Ransom

Address: 2-4 Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EU

Contact number: 013237323222

Website: http://ourladyofransom.org.uk/

A Roman Catholic Parish Church situated in the city centre of Eastbourne, just off from the beach. It offers a place of worship in a welcoming environment.


St Saviours Eastbourne

Address: South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UT

Contact number: 01323729702

Website: https://www.stsaviourseastbourne.org.uk/home

St Saviours is an Anglican Church, in the heart of Eastbourn. They practise and teach the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, as handed down from St Augustine. It is a distribution site for the Eastbourne food bank and holds regular community events.



Muslim:


Eastbourne Mosque

Address: 40a Ashford Square, Eastbourne, BN21 3TX

Email: webmaster@eastbournemosque.com

Website: https://www.eastbournemosque.com/

Situated just outside Eastbourne city centre, Eastbourne Mosque provides a place of worship. They hold regular events and activities aimed at creating a community and provide teaching of the Quran.



Jewish:


Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community

Contact number:07376916920

Email: eljc.contact@gmail.com

Website: http://www.eljc.org.uk/#tplge_menu_anchor

The Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community is a constituent member of Liberal Judaism, a Progessive UK Jewish movement. Members come from the town of Eastbourne, but also from the wider East Sussex area. They meet once a month for services. For more information of when and where these services are, please look at their website.


Events


Spring Water Festival

A 10 day festival celebrating water in Eastbourne. This event is usually held in May and offers free events and activities to get you to immerse yourself into Eastbourne seafront. The main focus is on walking to visit and use the Refill station along Eastbourne's coast. There are a variety of free events, including walking, conservation, arts, and health and wellbeing events.


Eastbourne Carnival

Eastbourne has historically been a town carnival and Eastbourne Carnival is the biggest Seafront Carnival in the South East. The main event is a parade along Eastbourne and ending at the seafront, usually held on the last Bank holiday in May. Afterwards, there are a series of other events, including music, but these may cost. There are also events before the parade, with a series of costume makes and dance workshops leading up to the event in May. Over 25,000 people attend Eastbourne Carnival, if you are afraid of crowds and noise, this is not the one for you!


Eastbourne Pride

Eastbourne Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, which is short for ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and more’ community. The event is split into two and held in July. The first is a parade which walks from Eastbourne Pier and heads towards Princess Park. The parade is free to join and everyone is welcome, it is not exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community. The second is a concert, where music acts perform to celebrate Pride. This is no longer free and it does cost to enter. If you are afraid of crowds or loud noises, this one might not be the one for you.


Eastbourne Walking Festival

Eastbourne Walking Festival is a 10 day celebration of the great outdoors, held in September. It acts as a springboard to promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of walking outside. The event is curated to provide something for everyone, despite age or mobility. It brings together knowledgeable volunteers and industry experts to programme walks and talks. The majority of the walks are free although some may include a charge for transportation. Please look at their website for more information.


Free activities


Eastbourne beach

Eastbourne offers a fantastic stony beach, sit or take a walk along the beach, to relax and enjoy the sight of the sea. You can also swim in the sea, which has many benefits and is free.


There are safety conditions if you want to swim in the sea, which is highly advised you follow:


  • It is highly recommended that you swim during the lifeguard season, where in case of an accident or emergency, they can rescue you. Lifeguard season is from the 1st of May to 30th of September. During this season, always swim between the red and yellow flags on the beach, which mark a safe place to swim. Lifeguards are located near the Wish Tower.

  • In some areas of Eastbourne Coastline, yellow buoys have been placed 200m from the shore. Do not interfere with the buoys in anyway as they have been placed for safety reasons.

  • Always check the weather and sea information before swimming, you can look online at https://www.tidetimes.co.uk/.

  • Always swim parallel to the shore and stay within your depth.

  • If you feel like you are being pulled out to the sea by the tides, stay calm! And swim diagonally across to the nearest point on the beach.

  • When it is high tide and with the strongest onshore winds, it is highly recommended that you do not swim during these times as it is hard to enter and leave the water. This weather also leads to severe shore dump waves, where the waves suddenly rise and crash with great force. These waves are considered an extreme risk to swimmers therefore you are advised to not swim during these conditions.

  • Northerly winds, also called offshore winds, can make it dangerous for swimmers, as it causes the risk of being swept out.

  • Avoid swimming near the piers and groynes, these areas difficult to swim in due to them having their own fixed currents.

  • For clothing, it is recommended for you to wear a wetsuit for warmth and a bright coloured swim hat so that you are visible. Due to the beaches being shingle beaches, it is also recommended that you wear suitable shoes to avoid cuts and falls.

  • It is encouraged to not use inflatables along Eastbourne beaches, as they can get caught in coral winds or be pulled out to sea by strong currents.

  • Do not jump from piers and groynes as it is extremely dangerous.

  • Even if the weather is sunny and warm, the sea temperature can cause a drop in your body’s temperature. It is recommended that you acclimatise to the water temperature first. To do this, slowly increase the time spent in water. Start with only a few minutes in the sea, at a time and build up the time.

  • Do not drink alcohol and swim in the sea, as alcohol decreases your capabilities and can cause hypothermia in cold waters.


If you are on the beach, never place yourself at the base of the cliff, as there is a genuine risk that the rock above could collapse down on you. This is due to the cliffs being made of chalk and they can crumble very easily.


If you witness anyone in danger or entering the water in dangerous sea conditions, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.


Eastbourne Pier


Eastbourne Pier opened in 1872 and is an example of a Victorian pier. You can walk along the pier and take a look at Eastbourne from this fantastic and unique vantage point, for free. The pier also has shops and cafes.


Beachy Head Cliffs


The dramatic 530 feet high cliffs of Beachy Head provide stunning views over Eastbourne and the English Channel. It is the UK's highest chalk sea cliff at western end of Eastbourne Seafront in the South Downs National Park and Seven Sisters Country Park. Walk you from the western end of Eastbourne seafront at Meads Village.


Please note that you should never stand close to the cliff edge, as it can collapse underneath you very easily, as it is made of chalk.


Getting out into nature every day is really good for mental and physical health. Vitamin D in daylight is protective against Depression. Try to go out every morning, especially if you have disrupted sleep, to reset your body. Not only does Eastbourne have a beach but it offers multiple parks and nature reserves:


  • Butts Brow

  • Beachy Head Ringing Station

  • Carpet and Seafront Gardens

  • Gildredge Park and Manor Gardens

  • Hampden Park

  • Meads Parks and Gardens

  • Old Town Recreation Ground

  • Princess Park

  • Sovereign Park


If you don't feel like being outside in the fresh air or it's a rainy day, don't worry! Eastbourne has free museums for you to explore:


Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum

Address: Eastbourne RNLI Museum, King Edward’s Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4BY

Contact number: 01323730717

Website: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/museums/eastbourne-museum

Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum exhibits the story of nearly 200 years of life boating in the town. It covers the lifeboats involvement with the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War to the development of search and rescue.


The Beachy Head Story

Address: Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7YA

Contact number: 01323729926

Website: https://www.visiteastbourne.com/heritage/visit

The latest project from Heritage Eastbourne, it allows visitors to discover the story and formation of the South Downs. Discover the importance of Beachy Head for people thousands of years ago and the people who have shaped the landscape. They also have a local art exhibition invoking key themes of heritage, environment and folklore.


Towner Eastbourne

Address: Towner Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

Contact number: 01323434670

Website: https://townereastbourne.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/townergallery/

Towner holds a collection and exhibits contemporary British art. It is best known for its modern art collection and has a growing collection of international contemporary art. Towner is a free and welcoming community space that also provides a place for study and relaxation. There can be a cost for temporary exhibitions at the museum. Please check their website for up to date information.


Activities and Life in Lewes


It is important as an asylum seeker or refugee to try to connect to your new home through meeting people and getting out of the home, seeing new things and trying out new activities. This is great for your mental health. It is important for all people to have a community that they form part of and have a sense of belonging.


Religious Centres


Christian


There are dozens of Christian churches in Lewes, all practising different denominations. Some of which offer specific support to asylum seekers, and some also have a food bank. Here's a list of some of the churches in Lewes:


Christ Church, Lewes

Address: Prince Edwards Road, Lewes, BN7 1BL

Contact number: 01273488237

Website: http://christ-church-lewes.org/

A Methodist church holding regular meetings and events to create a welcoming community.


St Michael

Address: 158 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XU

Contact number: 01273473463

Website: https://www.stmichaelinlewes.org.uk/

An Anglo-Catholic church based within the wall of Lewes, holding services weekly.


Trinity Church

Address: Trinity Office, The Trinity Centre, St John sub Castro, Abinger Place, Lewes, BN7 2QA

Contact number: 01273474377

Website: https://trinitylewes.org

An Anglican church meeting across 3 locations and 6 congregations throughout Lewes. They have regular events and meetings to create a welcoming community.


Muslim:


Peace Community Centre & Mosque

Address: 8 Phyllis Avenue, Peacehaven, BN10 7HY

Contact number: 07809879482 or 0741289148

Website: https://www.peacehavenmosque.co.uk/

Outside Lewes City, Peace Community Centre & Mosque in Peacehaven is the closest Islamic Centre to Lewes. Holding weekly meetings and regular events to create a welcoming community.

Events


Artwave

Artwave is held annually in September, across Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and the surrounding villages. It provides the chance for people to discover new art and meet artists. All exhibitions are free to visit.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days hosted in September is England's largest festival of history and culture. In Lewes, some country homes, estates and historical houses open their doors, free of charge, to bring people together to celebrate heritage, community and history.


Free activities:


Twittens in Lewes


Twittens are narrow paths or passages between two walls or hedges. Explore Lewes town twittens which date back to the Anglo-Saxon times, offering some fantastic scenery.


Ruins of Lewes Priory

The priory dates back to the 11th century where it remained for 450 years until the Dissolution of Monasteries. Now a part of Priory Park, you can take a walk and explore the ruins of Lewes Priory.


Getting out into nature every day is really good for mental and physical health. Vitamin D in daylight is protective against Depression. Try to go out every morning, especially if you have disrupted sleep, to reset your body. Lewes offers multiple parks and nature reserves:


  • Bell Lane recreation ground

  • Landport recreation ground

  • Landport Bottom Nature Reserve

  • Malling recreation ground

  • Railway Land Nature Reserve

  • Southover Grange gardens

  • Stanley Turner ground


Activities and Life in Worthing


It is important as an asylum seeker or refugee to try to connect to your new home through meeting people and getting out of the home, seeing new things and trying out new activities. This is great for your mental health. It is important for all people to have a community that they form part of and have a sense of belonging.


Religious Centres


Buddhist:


Triratna Buddhist Group in Worthing

Address: Meeting House, 34 Mill Road, Worthing, BN11 5DR

Email: hello@worhtingbuddhistgroup.info

Website: http://www.worthingbuddhistgroup.info/

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/Triratna.Buddhist.Worthing/

A part of the worldwide community of Buddhists called the Triratna Buddhist Community. Running weekly meetings, they place the emphasis on friendliness, meditation and bringing our understanding of Buddhism to our daily lives. Everyone is welcome.


Christian


Maybridge Community Church

Address: 77 The Strand, Worthing, BN12 6DR

Contact number: 01903700522

Website: https://maybridge.org.uk/

Maybridge Community Church is a friendly and informal church for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and live the Christian faith. They are a part of the Worthing 4 Refugees organisation.


West Worthing Baptist Church

Address: 45 South Street, Tarring, Worthing, BN14 7LU

Contact number: 01903212760

Website: https://westworthingbaptistchurch.org/

A Baptist church in Worthing that is open to anyone from any background. They have weekly meetings and regular events to create a welcoming environment.


St George’s Church

Address: St George’s Road, Worthing, BN11 2DS

Contact number: 01903219672

Website: https://www.stgw.org.uk/

An evangelical parish church in east Worthing. Along with weekly mass, they have regular events and meetings to create a welcoming community.


Broadwater Parish

Office address: 117 Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8HT

Contact number: 01903823916

Website: https://broadwaterparish.org.uk/

Broadway Parish is one church over three sites. A part of the Church of England, the three sites operate multiple meetings and events.


Muslim:


Worthing Masjid

Address: Ivy Arch Road, Worthing, BN14 8BX

Contact number: 01903215163

Website: http://worthingmasjid.co.uk/

Worthing Majid provides Muslims and non-Muslims the opportunity learn and understand Islam, through a mixture of dialogue, discussion and social interactions.

Events


Worthing Pride

A three day event celebration the LGBTQ+ community, LGBTQ+ is short for ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and more’ community. The event is held in July, and the parade is free to enter and watch. You do not have to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community to enjoy Pride, everyone is welcome! This event can be loud, as many people join the parade, so if you are afraid of loud noises or crowds, this event may not be for you.


Worthing Summer Seafront Festival

Held and run by the Worthing Lions to support the Worthing community, this festival spans three days along Worthing Seafront and Steyne Gardens. There are a variety of events and activities held, including Fireworks, car shows and music events, all of which are free to attend.


Worthing Rotary Carnival

A 3 day festival held in August with the main event being the Parade on the last day. Where people walk along the Promenade towards Steyne Gardens. There are a series of other events, including music, but these may cost. This event can be loud, as many people join the parade, so if you are afraid of loud noises or crowds, this event may not be for you.


5th November Firework Display

Remember, remember the 5th of November! Celebrating Guy Fawkes on Bonfire Night, the Worthing Loins set off fireworks at 7:30pm at the pier. You are able to view these from the beach or promenade, for free.


Free activities:


Worthing beach


A mixture of shingle and sandy, Worthing beach provides a great opportunity to sit and relax or take a walk and observe the scenery. It is recommended that you do not swim in Worthing sea as there are no lifeguards present.

If you witness anyone in danger or entering the water in dangerous sea conditions, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.


Worthing Pier

Built in 1862, Worthing Pier offers the opportunity to see Worthing from a different angle, enjoy the views of the chalk cliffs, Brighton & Hove to the East and Beaches to the West. You can also try fishing off the pier, or relax in a deckchair. Do not jump from the pier into the sea, as this is a risk to your life and you can be fined for doing so.


East Beach Studios

A series of colourful studios in the artist quarter of Worthing, near the beach. You can find a variety of artwork from fine arts and silver jewellery, explore the artwork and the views of Sussex coast.


Getting out into nature every day is really good for mental and physical health. Vitamin D in daylight is protective against Depression. Try to go out every morning, especially if you have disrupted sleep, to reset your body. Lewes offers multiple parks and nature reserves:


  • Amelia Park

  • Beach House Gardens

  • Bourne Close

  • Broadwater Green

  • Brooklands Park

  • Charmandean Open Space

  • Church House Grounds

  • Denton Gardens

  • Dominion Road Open Space

  • Durrington Recreation Ground

  • Field Place Park

  • Fernhurst Recreation Ground

  • Foxglove Walk Park

  • Goring Hall Recreation Ground

  • Heene Terrace

  • Highdown Field

  • Highdown Gardens

  • Homefield Park

  • Ilex Way

  • Marine Gardens

  • Palatine Park

  • The plantation

  • Steyne Gardens

  • Victoria Park

  • Waterwise Gardens

  • Windsor Lawns

  • Winterbourne Way Park.


Is it a rainy day? Or do you not feel like being outside? No worries! Worthing has free or cheap museums for you to explore:


Worthing Museum and Gallery

Address: Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HP

Website: https://wtm.uk/museum/

Worthing Museum and Gallery is at the heart of Worthing. Having a selection of exhibitions including architecture treasures, custom collection and artworks. Explore the story of Worthing, for free.


High Salvington Windmill

Address: Furze Road, Worthing, BN13 3BP.

Website: https://highsalvingtonwindmill.co.uk/

High Salvington Windmill is an example of a working post mill dating from the 1750-1770. The mill was able to restart grinding in 1991. It is open to the public for about 14 days throughout the year, with free timed tours. Entrance for adults is £1 and for accompanied minors it is free.




Library Service

Libraries are free to join and free to roam around, offering books, newspapers and sometimes DVDs for you to borrow. (Please note that it is free to use the library computers for one hour, after that there is a small fee. For the exact price, ask the library staff as it can vary)


Brighton & Hove


Here is a list of libraries in Brighton and Hove, and the services they provide:


Jubilee Library

Address: Jubilee street, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/jubilee-library

The main library in Brighton offers free Wifi, computers and even has newspapers in Arabic, as well as some books in Arabic, Hebrew, and Hindi.


Hove Library

Address: 182-186 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EG

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/hove-library

This library has facilities including free Wifi, computers, newspapers and magazines.


Whitehawk Library

Address: 179A Whitehawk Road, Whitehawk, BN2 5FL

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/whitehawk-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers, there is also a toy library to borrow toys for children.


Woodingdean Library

Address: Warren Road, Woodingdean, BN2 6BA

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/woodingdean-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers with internet.


Moulsecoomb Library

Address: The Highway, Moulsecoombe, BN2 4PA

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/moulsecoomb-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers with internet.


Coldean Library

Address: 12 Beatty Ave, Brighton BN1 9ED

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/coldean-library

This library has free Wifi, access to computers and a small collection of toys to borrow.


Hollingbury Library

Address: Old Boat Corner Community Centre, Carden Hill, Brighton, BN1 8GN

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/hollingbury-library-old-boat-corner

This library has free Wifi and access to computers.


Patcham Library

Address: Ladies' Mile Rd, Brighton BN1 8TA

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/patcham-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers


Westdene Library

Address: 24 Bankside, Brighton BN1 5GN

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/westdene-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers


Hangleton Library

Address: 19 West Way, Hove BN3 8LD

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/hangleton-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers


Mile Oak Library

Address: 35 Chalky Rd, Mile Oak, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2WS

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/mile-oak-library

There is no Wifi or computers available at this library but you can still borrow books here.


Portslade Library

Address: Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, BN41 1XR

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/portslade-library

This library has free Wifi and computers with internet access.


Rottingdean Library

Address: The Grange, The Grn, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HA

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/rottingdean-library

This library has free wifi and access to computers


Saltdean Library

Address: Saltdean Lido & Community Centre, Saltdean Park Rd, Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8SP

Contact number: 01273290800

Website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries/saltdean-library

This library has free Wifi and access to computers

For information on up to date opening times, please visit: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/directories/local-libraries


Eastbourne

Here is a list of libraries in the Eastbourne area, and the facilities they provide:


Eastbourne Library

Address: Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL

Contact number: 03456080196

Website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/local/locations/eastbourne

The main library in Eastbourne, offering free wifi, computer access and photocopier (this may have a charge to use).


Hampden Park Library

Address: Brodick Close, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9NQ.

Contact number: 03456080196

Website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/local/locations/hampden-park

Situated outside Eastbourne city centre in Hampton Park, this library offers free wifi and computer access.


Old Town Community Library

Address: 191 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, BN20 8QJ

Contact number: 01323649964

Email: oldtownlibrary@hotmail.com

Website: https://www.Facebook.com/OldtownlibraryEastbourne/?ref=page_internal

Not a part of the East Sussex council libraries, Old Town Community Library is a charity library run by volunteers, which offers books, free internet, laptops and printing.


Lewes


Lewes Library

Address: Styles Field, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LZ

Contact number: 03456080196

Website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/local/locations/lewes

This is the only library in Lewes and offers free Wifi, computer access and a study area.


Worthing


Worthing Library

Address: Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HD

Contact number: 01903704709

Website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/library-details/worthing-library/#

The main library in Worthing, offering access to free Wifi, computers with internet access.


Durrington Library

Address: Salvington Road, Worthing, BN13 2JD

Contact number: 01903260439

Website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/library-details/durrington-library/

This library offers free Wifi, access to computers with internet access and a study space.


Findon Valley Library

Address: Lime Tree Avenue, Findon Valley, Worthing, BN14 0DH

Contact number: 01903872212

Website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/library-details/findon-valley-library/

This library offers free Wifi, access to computers with internet access and a study space.


Goring Library

Address: Mulberry Lane, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, BN12 4NR

Contact number: 01903244300

Website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/library-details/goring-library/#

Located not far from the seafront, Goring Library offers free Wifi, access to computers and study spaces.


Library Cards

To access computers at any of the council libraries you will need a library card to get one you only need your current UK address. You can order a library in the library or online.

To get access to a Brighton and Hove Library card online, please look at this website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-arts/libraries/register-library-card-online

To get access to an East Sussex library card online, including Eastbourne and Lewes, please look at this website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/local/library-membership/join-the-library

To get access to an West Sussex library card online, which includes Worthing, please look at this website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/




Transportation


To get around Sussex here is a list of key bus and train companies:


Brighton & Hove Buses

Brighton & Hove Buses is the main bus service provider in Brighton & Hove. Operating buses citywide and to Eastbourne and Lewes, they have an app available that can tell you which buses can get you to your destination. For all information including bus fares, bus routes and timetables, look at their website.


Compass Travel

Compass Travel operated Bus Services throughout East & West Sussex, including Eastbourne, Lewes, Worthing and Brighton & Hove. Their buses do not run every day so please check their website for bus timetables and bus fares.


Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway operates from the West of England and South Wales to London. They operate trains from Brighton and Worthing train station. For more information on their travel routes, including timetables and fares, please look at their website.


Metrobus

Contact number: 01293449191

Email: feedback@metrobus.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/gometrobus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/metrobus

Metrobus operated across Sussex, as well as Kent and Surrey, this includes Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Lewes, and Worthing. For all information including bus fares, bus routes and timetables, look at their website.


Southern

A train company operating across Sussex, Southern services cover London to the south coast. For more information on their travel routes, including timetables and fares, please look at their website.


Stagecoach South

Stagecoach South operates across Sussex, including Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Lewes, and Worthing. For all information including bus fares, bus routes and timetables, look at their website.


Thameslink

A train company that operates services from Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Lewes and Worthing passing through London and further north. For more information on their travel routes, including timetables and fares, please look at their website.


The Big Lemon

Address: Protran House, Boundary Road, Brighton, BN2 5TJ

Contact number: 01273681681

Email: hello@thebiglemon.com

Website: https://thebiglemon.com/

Operating solely in Brighton & Hove, The Big Lemon has 7 public bus services. For all information including bus fares, bus routes and timetables, look at their website.


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