A social centre for asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants
All of London Welcome Project's services and activities are free and open to everyone. Every week, a volunteer or visitor will cook vegetarian and halal food to share together. We have a computer with internet access, and a library where books can be borrowed. Indoor and outdoor activities are available so there are things to do, whatever the weather! We also run ad hoc workshops and skillshares - we draw on the skills, knowledge and passions present among the users of the project. You do not need a referral to join us, just come along on Sunday afternoon.
The Bike Project
With the help of our volunteers, visitors can fix up donated bicycles to keep and ride in London.
Many of the visitors to LWP come to have a hot meal and to socialize - or to share their traditional food and cook for everyone.
Opportunities to practice your English with informal conversation classes led by our volunteers, and one-to-one support
Activities for all ages
Every week we have a range of activities available - from drawing and colouring, to scrabble and table tennis. Books can be borrowed from our library, or you can brush up on skills with ad hoc workshops
What our Visitors Say
News and events
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London Welcome Project (LWP) seeks two new voluntary Project Coordinators to work in a small nonhierarchical team. The new Project Coordinators will need to be able to commit for a period of 6 months, and will need to be available on Sundays to coordinate sessions, as well as for some informal meetings and administrative tasks during the week. The[…]
We’d like to say a big thanks to the MSN Fund, who provided us with some funding to put on a series of photography workshops, and supply some of our visitors with cameras to make photo diaries. After a series of workshops with a photographer friend of the project, our visitors could take their cameras[…]
Some of our visitors will be participating in this great new series of events by Unfinished Business, called Our Journeys. Its aim is to share stories and humanity through storytelling workshops and making and eating food together. For more information see the attached flyer.
We had some lovely coverage this week in the local paper – the South West Londoner. We really enjoyed chatting with Alex about the project and the wonderful friends we have met there. Full text of the article below – you can read the original here. “People ask us, ‘how do you do it[…]
A big thank you to our friends Tamsin and Totes for their work welcoming refugees in London. As well as putting on a great fundraising event with Massive Arms, they also made these lovely bags and zines containing messages of welcome, as well as some of the stories our visitors have to tell. “We Welcome[…]
Yesterday we had an amazing day at Brixton Splash, Brixton’s annual all-singing, all dancing celebration of culture and community. We took our map with us, and some of Ali’s art, and had an amazing day engaging with the local community and making new friends.
How far would you go to escape your past? Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the precarious juncture of having his refugee status decided, when the arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be the difference between life and death, his only[…]
Watch this amazing story! Roudi used to cook for the London Welcome Project last year! We are very glad that he is settled down now and happy! Roudi Chikho narrowly escaped death after the Syrian government learned he had been secretly filming the atrocities committed by President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces. He left everything behind, and[…]
We’re raising money to continue paying rent so we can keep our social centre for refugees and asylum seekers open. One of our visitors, ‘Ali’, wanted to give back to the project using his art. He was an artist and photographer before he had to flee to the UK from Iran to claim asylum, because[…]
We had a lovely time at Southwark Refugee Week – meeting other local projects working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, drinking some amazing Eritrean coffee, and learning about the coffee ceremony! We took a map and some string, and invited visitors to our stall to trace their journey on the map – it was[…]