Useful websites

Alice Kettle

Paper People – Resilience of Beauty on a Monumental Scale

Refugee Resilience Collective – whose therapeutic work inspired the ‘Stitch a Tree’ Project

Counterpoint Arts – engaging with refugee and migrants experiences through the arts

For national statistics on asylum 

Migration Observatory for facts and public policy 

Migrants Rights Network – weekly newsletter with up-to-date policy news and comment 

Free Movement – very useful for updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law

International Organisation for Migration – they have interactive maps and inspiring campaigns

City of Sanctuary – a source of information as well as a network of hospitality

UNHCR – Guardians of the Refugee Convention. Resources on refugee law and protection issues as well as the latest figures and statistics

Refugee Council – Founded in 1951, the year of the Refugee Convention – the semi-official lobbying group on refugee issues in the UK. 

For information about how to practically support people in Calais.

APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migrants

STAR Network – A network of students campaigning to improve the lives of refugees in the UK

Migrant Voice  giving voice to migrants


Hughes, Gillian. “Finding a voice through ‘The Tree of Life’: A strength-based approach to mental health for refugee children and families in schools” Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2014, Vol 19(1) 139–153 © The Author(s) 2013

Interested in doing more to support asylum seekers and refugees?

Here are some ways you can help:

Do you have a spare room in your house? Consider hosting a refugee through Refugees At Home or Housing Justice, or as part of your community through the Community Sponsorship Programme.

Do you have some spare time?

Consider befriending a displaced person. Or you could visit people in detention.

Otherwise you might like to volunteer at a local support centre for migrants and refugees, such as these ones in London, Bristol, Southampton. There are many more groups across the country doing amazing work that you can join in with.

Want to learn a language?

Try Chatterbox’s language lessons.

Perhaps you could organise a fundraising event – a pub quiz, a clothes swap, a music event, or a sponsored swim, and donate the proceeds to a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees.

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