Help and support for asylum seekers and refugees

If you're a refugee or an asylum seeker, there's a range of support available to you. 

Benefits and cash support

View benefits available for asylum seekers or refugees.

Housing support

Get help with housing costs or housing problems.

Local support

You can access a number of helpful services in Rochdale borough:

  • Rochdale Women's Welfare Association - a community of women looking to help and support other women, including refugees and asylum seekers.
  • NESTAC - Rochdale based community organisation offering support to refugees and asylum seekers, particularly to those from African backgrounds.
  • Caring and Sharing- supports asylum seekers in Rochdale borough by finding education, training and services for community integration.
  • Talk English - offers FREE English classes for refugees in Rochdale borough.
  • Manchester Refugee Support Network - work with refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester to help find education and training opportunities, help you build a community and find friends.

National support

There are many national organisations that offer support to asylum seekers and refugees across the whole of the UK:

  • British Red Cross - care and support for refugee and asylum seekers.
  • Childline - support for children who are refugees and asylum seekers. They offer support and advice if you're being bullied, feel scared or feel like you don't belong.
  • Refugee Action - gives help and advice for refugees and asylum seekers on issues, including the asylum process.
  • Migrant Help - support if you're a survivor of human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • City of Sanctuary - aims to provide a community for refugees and asylum seekers.