The Refugee Council

The Refugee Council

The Refugee Council supports people seeking refuge from persecution and human rights abuses. We provide tailored support to people who are at their most vulnerable and we advocate for a UK system that is fair and humane so refugees can rebuild their lives in a welcoming place of safety.

Facts about our job

  • Since 2013, we have led the campaign which saw the UK Government commit to welcoming 20,000 Syrian refugees to our shores
  • Last year, over 3000 unaccompanied children were supported by Children’s Services
  • Our Building Bridges programme supports the retraining and requalification of refugee health professionals. It costs £25,000 to support a refugee doctor to practise in the UK. Training a new doctor is estimated to cost over £250,000.

The world is in the grip of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Many of us have seen the images of refugee families fleeing for their lives, and taking desperate risks to save their children.

For 65 years, the Refugee Council has been a beacon of hope for refugees fleeing war, torture and persecution. We are on hand guide people through the asylum process and help those who are deeply traumatised by their experiences to overcome them.

We support refugees to find homes, education and employment and we provide vital support and specialist care so they can rebuild their lives in safety.

Over recent years we have helped thousands of refugee children forced to flee to our shores without family, friends or a guardian to look after them. Our specialist advisors ensure they are protected and cared for and offered a safe place to go in times of distress, the chance to make new friendships, help with school and learning a new language.

We speak out for the rights of refugees and we challenge government policies to bring about positive change for refugees and asylum seekers to give them a second chance in life.

Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    Could go towards the cost of showers and hot meals for destitute asylum seekers with nowhere else to go.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    Could go towards the fees of an interpreter, giving a family the reassurance their worries and needs are understood

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    Could help fund our vital advice services to help refugees find homes

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    Could fund one-to-one therapy sessions for those traumatised by war