Diocese of Chichester

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Ukraine Resources

East Sussex County Council this document outlines how best to welcoming our Ukrainian guests to East Sussex. Including registering them with a local GP, accessing urgent treatment or mental health support, and keeping them safe.

East Sussex County Council this video ‘Welcome to East Sussex’ in Ukranian

Sussex Ukrainian support this Facebook group provides support for the Ukrainian people in Sussex

Lewes Helps Ukraine this Facebook group is to share resources, information and support, for hosts and Ukrainian guests specific to Lewes, although information may be useful for surrounding areas. Further information can be found on their website.

Diocesan wide resources

Voices in Exile works with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants with no recourse to public funds across East and West Sussex.

Sussex Partnerships - NHS Foundation Trust this page aims to help refugees understand what they might be struggling emotionally with and how they can access the National Health Service (NHS) for help.

Sussex Aid for Refugees is a Facebook page which collects donations for children and vulnerable adults and works with aid convoys.

Brighton, Lewes and surrounding areas

Articulate is a Creative Safe Space to help young people with refugee status be creatively vocal, providing them with a positive environment where they are free to explore, express themselves and enjoy themselves in the process.

Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LGSRAS) is working with local government, other charities and community groups to secure welfare, housing, education and other support for the successful settlement of newly arrived refugees in the local area.

The Migrant English Project provide free and informal English lessons for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants

The Hummingbird Project as a grassroots organisation in Calais, they are now a Brighton based charity working locally with young refugees & campaigning nationally. Their Brighton based services listens and responds to the needs of local young refugees.

Crawley and surround areas

Refugees Welcome Crawley is registered charity offering welcome and support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in need of extra help in the local area.

Eastbourne, Hastings and surrounding areas

The Refugee Buddy Project for those in Hastings, Rother & Wealden support refugees through buddying, advocacy and financial and emotional support

Hastings Supports Refugees Group

Links Project provide access to support and advice in a range of areas including asylum support (NASS), EU Settled Status scheme, accessing healthcare, general immigration advice, housing and welfare benefits. We also run a number of time limited personal development projects such as gardening, sewing and English classes.

Rother Voluntary Action is helping the local Ukraine support hubs across Rother in Battle, Bexhill, Robertsbridge, Burwash and Rye, supporting host families and Ukrainian guests.

NetworX – Eastbourne are available to welcome and befriend refugees and immigrants to Eastbourne. Part of the Eastbourne Christian Agencies Network.

Sanctuary Café, Eastbourne - supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Eastbourne.

Chichester and Surrounding Areas

Sanctuary provides wrap around support for newly arrived refugee families.

Chichester Council this page contains a ‘Survivors network - Ukrainian self help guide’

National resources

Welcome Churches as been set up to help churches welcome refugees into their communities and parishes, this is a national scale project.

Safe Passage (in collaboration with Citizen’s UK) website will be able to give advice on what help is available for refugees and asylum seekers.

Barnardo's free helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

There are also many local communities working to resettle and befriend refugees who are coming to the UK under the government’s resettlement scheme. They are responsible for overseeing the resettlement of refugees under the Government programme and they will be able to give more advice regarding the needs in each community.

Local Council

East Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Chichester District Council