Free legal services as part of the UK legal aid system used to be available for refugees pursuing their rights under UK and international law to see k asylum or to be reunited with their families. The rights of refugees to access legal aid was, however, scrapped in April of 2013, leaving many of those seeking refuge or humanitarian protection in the UK with the prospect of permanent or, at the very least, prolonged separation from their loved ones. Without expert help, refugees are often unable to navigate the long and complex process they are required to follow to be in with a chance of being reunited with their families, a scenario that has become increasingly common since their access to legal aid was scrapped. The provision of legal advice and support to those who need it the most, yet who are often least able to afford it, is at the very heart of our visiting Solicitors pro bono philosophy. They believe that they can use their legal expertise to ‘give something back’ to their local communities.
For the past few years we have had the privilege of having a team of pro bono solicitors from different firms of solicitors who provide legal advice every fortnight at our main office.
At present Ata & Co is providing legal immigration advice every other Wednesday of the month at Hyde House. This service is By Appointment Only.
To book an appointment please call:
Position: Office Manager
Telephone: 0208 905 9002 EX 4
Telephone: 0208 905 9002 EX 7
Through our day-to- day work with refugees we recognise how essential it is to secure employment when people are in the process of rebuilding their lives in an unfamiliar country. We also understand how difficult and confusing the process of finding a job in the UK can be. Our Job Club provides crucial 1-2-1 support to our clients to empower them to take their first steps into employment. We work with our clients to explore ways of removing individual barriers to employment and help to find ways in which their skills and qualifications can be recognised in the UK.
Our volunteer Employment Advisors meet with clients on a 1-2-1 basis to provide support in CV writing, searching for jobs and training opportunities, making personal decisions and how to manage expectations.
We also deliver workshops on job interviews which include UK culture and body language, how to answer difficult questions, and mock interviews.
To book an appointment please contact:
Position: Operations Manager
Telephone: 0208 905 9002 EX 4
Advice for Unaccompanied Minors
Young refugees and asylum seekers and in particular unaccompanied minors are one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. Their needs are largely unmet by existing services. These young refugees and asylum seekers need support with a number of issues. Most are new arrivals who arrived here alone with few resources and do not understand the system in the UK. Some are in care; others are living with an elder sibling or relatives who are themselves traumatised.
In partnership with the Refugee Council, we started a drop-in advice project In December 2016, where an advisor from the Refugee Council visits our office to provide advice to unaccompanied asylum seekers.
The adviser works directly with separated children seeking asylum, helping them through the asylum system and ensuring that they get the help and advice they need. The adviser also offers advice and information to carers and other professionals working with children and young people.
The drop-in runs every Thursday from 10:00 to 16:30 at Barnet Refugee Service’s office – 8th Floor Podium, Hyde House, The Hyde, Colindale, London, NW9 6LH
To find out more please contact:
Position: Refugee Youth Worker
Telephone: 0208 905 9002 EX 5