Where to get help

 

 

Legal information

  • We highly recommend that you seek the help of a lawyer for your asylum claim. You can find a list of
    lawyers here.
  • You can also attend one of UKLGIG’s monthly meetings to hear information on the asylum process
    from volunteer lawyers.
  • Information on the process is also available on our asylum overview and asylum procedure pages.

If you have a question about your asylum case which has not been answered at one of our monthly meetings or you are not able to attend a meeting, our Legal Officer can provide one-off advice. The advice is free, confidential and independent. We will keep some records of your case but these will not be released to anyone else without your
permission.

If you wish to speak to the Legal Officer, see contact details here.

We do not have a drop in advice service at our office. Please do not attend the office hoping to speak to someone without an agreed appointment.

The Legal Officer is also able to give some second tier advice to Legal Representatives seeking advice on any aspect of an asylum case based on sexual orientation or gender identity. They can also provide advice to other organisations who are supporting an LGBTQI+ asylum seeker.

Support

UKLGIG provides one-to-one support and peer support groups for the most vulnerable LGBTQI+ asylum seekers. Please come to one of our monthly meetings to register your interest. You will hear from us within two weeks of the meeting if we are able to help. Sadly, we cannot help everyone who needs our assistance.
UKLGIG also visits LGBTQI+ asylum seekers in Yarl’s Wood, Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration removal centres. If you would like a visit, please email admin@uklgig.org.uk with your phone number, or call 020 7922 7811.

Hate crime

Stop Hate UK

A charity providing independent and confidential reporting services for people affected by Hate Crime including those motivated by hostility towards your disability; race, ethnicity or nationality; religion, faith or belief; sexual orientation or gender identity.

You can report 24 hours a day by phone 0800 138 1625, SMS 07717 989 025 
or on the website www.stophateuk.org  The services cover several areas of the UK including some London Boroughs. The full list can be found on the website.

Other sources of support

London

London Friend

London Friend is working with Say It Loud Club to provide social, emotional, and educational support to LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. We provide regular workshops, social groups, conversational English classes and counselling.
Address: 86 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DN
Workshops: 4th Friday of the month from 2 – 5pm
Say It Loud social group: 1st Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm.  More info about other social groups.
Conversational English group: Every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm.
Counselling: By appointment – Please call +44 (0)20 7833 1674
http://londonfriend.org.uk

Micro Rainbow International (MRI)

MRI provides therapeutic and social inclusion activities for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
• We have an LGBTI choir, theatre group and dance group. We are committed to using the arts and creativity to heal trauma from the asylum process. Our aim is to explore our full identities.
• We have a number of tailored support groups for refugees including life coaching, employability workshops and one to one support while navigating life after seeking asylum.
• Our safe housing programme provides temporary accommodation for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
Note: we do not offer legal advice for asylum seekers but do offer peer support.
Contact us: jpower@micro-rainbow.org or mgoba@micro-rainbow.org
https://www.micro-rainbow.org/united-kingdom-project/

Birmingham

Asylum Seekers Social

Address: Birmingham LGBT Centre 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ
Group meets: 3rd Friday of the month from 1 – 4pm.
Info: Just turn up.
http://blgbt.org/asylum-seekers/

Croydon

Rainbows Across Borders

Address: CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB
Group meets: First Friday of the month at 1pm.
http://rainbowsacrossborders.org.uk

Glasgow

LGBT Unity

Address: The Unity Centre Glasgow, 30 Ibrox Street, Glasgow G51 1AQ (Mon – Fri)
Group meets: Bi-weekly at LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 12 Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow 6pm-8pm.
Info: This is a closed group and requires referral through Unity Centre or the Scottish Refugee Council. http://unitycentreglasgow.org/about-the-unity-centre/

Leeds

ReachOUT

Address: Please email or call
Group meets: Every other Tuesday from 2 – 4pm.
Contactreachoutleeds@gmail.com or Jess MacIntyre on 07707809925.
http://www.reachoutleeds.org/

Manchester

African Rainbow Family (ARF)

ARF is a not-for-profit organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage. ARF provides:
1) Support to LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum
2) Stand against hate crimes
3) Support to communities who face harassment, hate crimes and discrimination because of their sexuality, sexual preferences or transphobia.
Address:  83 Ducie Street, Manchester. M1 2JQ
Contact: +44(0)7711 285567 or info@africanrainbowfamily.org
or through https://africanrainbowfamily.org/

First Wednesdays

Address: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Group meets: First Wednesday of the month from 3:30 – 6:30pm.
Contactcontact@firstwednesday.lgbt 
http://firstwednesday.lgbt/

Lesbian Immigration Support Group

Practical and social support for lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters.
Address: The Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson St, Manchester, M13 9WP
Group meets: We have closed monthly group meetings. Potential members please call.
Contact: 07503 351922 or lisg.manchester@yahoo.co.uk
http://lesbianimmigrationsupportgroup.blogspot.co.uk/

Nottingham

KAIROS – Nottingham Lesbian Immigration Support Group

We are a friendly and supportive group of lesbian and bi women incl. asylum seekers, refugees and their supporters in the local community. We offer help and support through the asylum application process.
Group meets: Please phone or email for more information
Contact: 07938 556788 or lisg.nottingham@gmail.com

Sheffield

LASS – Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield

Support group for self identifying LBTQ women and non binary people who are also seeking asylum or are refugees in Sheffield. We also run outreach activities and trips for service users.
Address: c/o Together Women Project, 106 Arundel Lane, Sheffield S1 4RF
Group meets: First Thursday of the month from 6 – 8pm.
Contact: 07522 956284  lassheffield@outlook.com, tweet us @lassheffield
or find us on Facebook at Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield.

Swansea

No Going Back

Address: Unity LGBT Centre, 71 High Street, Swansea SA1 1LN 
Group meets: Every Wednesday from 6 – 8pm.
Contact: 01792 346299 or info@unitygroup.wales
http://www.unitygroup.wales/