London Welcome Project was a non-profit, member-driven social centre for asylum seekers refugees, and other migrants.
As some of you know the London Welcome Project (LWP) has not been open for 2 months now, and we have decided to officially close the project. We have been in discussion about how best to move forward for a while and we didn’t come to this decision easily. We have done some research into the need for our project currently and as a result have decided that the resources we do have would be better distributed to support other local projects.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved in the project over the past 5 years, and encourage visitors and volunteers to get involved other initiatives. A small list of some other local projects is below.
For migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Action for Refugees in Lewisham
They run a supplementary school for children aged 4-11 from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds on a Saturday. They offer English for Speakers of Other Languages classes for adult refugees on Mondays and Thursdays. THey offer advice on housing and welfare, No Recourse to Public Funds and Section 17,
asylum support and access to education. They also support families to find jobs and support their children, find employment, and develop personal skills. They provide emergency support on a Saturday morning through their Foodbank. They also offer a range of activities at the Foodbank such as a sewing club and English lessons. They have a special support programme for destitute families.
F3 Leemore Community Hub
020 8297 4111
The Baytree Centre is a charity working with and empowering women and girls through education and skills development programmes. They run a number of services with a focus on education, training, employment, health and social support. This includes 1-to-1 mentoring, ESOL classes, employment support, literacy support, workshops, outings and visits, and celebrations. They have an Into School project for young people waiting for school places and children’s clubs on Saturday mornings in school subjects, photography, dance and more. They have activities throughout the week and on Saturdays.
The Baytree Centre
300-302 Brixton Road
Phone: 0207 733 5283
Streatham Drop-In Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
They are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They offer advice, information and signposting; English language classes; creche and play facilities; health and wellbeing support; women’s wellbeing activities; tea, coffee and refreshments. On Saturdays they have a homework club and a families learning project.
Streatham Drop-In Centre
2 Mitcham Lane
(Next door to English Martyrs Church)
PHONE: 0208 664 7432
South London Refugee Association, Streatham
They have advice drop-in sessions, ESOL classes and a food bank on Mondays and Thursdays; yoga classes for women on Fridays; a women-only English conversation group; casework, a youth club, trips and activities and a drop-in session for young people; and counselling services.
The Woodlawns Centre
16 Leigham Court Road
0203 490 3443
Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network
They provide ESOL classes, legal advice, a food bank, weekly women’s groups, sewing and knitting, gardening and are open Monday to Friday. They don’t provide travel expenses except to some people who are destitute or using the women’s programme.
341 Evelyn Street,
London SE8 5QX
Phone: 020 8694 0323
Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organization
They are community-led and offer education, training and employment services; advice and casework; and wellbeing services. They provide English classes, homework support and creative activities for children and organise trips for families. They have a youth-led initiative to help teenagers to become more actively involved in their community and run creative writing, workshops and mentoring for young people. They provide English classes, employment support, workshops, ICT classes for adults. Mentoring and workshops for women. Support for people in low-paid jobs and immigration, housing and social welfare advice. They are open Monday to Friday and have some classes, workshops and activities on a Saturday.
Unit 8, Warwick House, Overton Road, London, SW9 7JP
Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
They provide advice and advocacy services to help clients with issues relating to health, housing, employment and immigration issues at three day centres across Southwark from Tuesday to Thursday. There is a sociable atmosphere at the centre providing clients with the opportunity to build their own social networks. They support families and children with parenting courses in a number of languages, creche facilities and advice about school education. They provide a hot lunch and safe space where clients can socialise. They have outreach workers from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Health Inclusion Team and run drop-in group therapy sessions for men and women. They have a gardening project. They also run English classes for clients and organise social and cultural outings.
Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
London SE15 4AN
Tel: 020 7732 0505
On Tuesdays the drop-in centre is at:
On Wednesdays the drop-in centre is at:
Peckham Park Road Baptist Church
121 Peckham Park Road
On Thursdays the drop-in centre is at:
St Mary Newington
Kennington Park Road (opposite Tesco)
Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project
They offer ESOL classes, Back to Employment surgery and social activities. They are struggling with cuts and have been for the last three years.
Sojourner Truth Centre.
161 Sumner Road
Tel: 0207 703 4046
Open to all
Brixton Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen is open to the public on weekdays for hot meals and drinks; and just somewhere to get in out of the cold!
Our doors are open between 10am to 2pm on Mondays to Fridays
(297-299 Coldhabour Lane, SW9 8RP).
Norwood and Brixton Foodbank
Brixton Bank (must have voucher contact https://norwoodbrixton.foodbank.org.uk/contact-us/ for info on how to get vouchers)
St Paul’s Church
184-188 Ferndale Road
56A Bike Space
People with help you fix your bike.
56A Crampton Street,
Elephant and Castle
Open: Wednesday 3-7pm and Friday 3-7pm
Clapham Park Bike Project
Runs bike building classes for those on low income
Address 1-4 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1HJ
Phone: 020 8678 5900
We were set up in 2013 by three volunteers at Hackney Migrant Centre, who noticed that drop-in centres and public places where asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants could meet and seek support were often closed on Sundays. They wanted to create a space which would be welcoming and would provide food and friendship to visitors each week.
LWP aimed to challenge the injustice and discrimination that many of our former members and visitors face by providing a place of welcome in London. We seeked to empower our visitors, offering them the opportunity to socialise and break the isolation they so often face.
Our space was open to anyone and everyone.