The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants works to create a strong, positive, community for people who have been displaced from their countries of origin due to persecution, war, and poverty.
We create a sense of belonging and comfort for those who have left their homes. We provide practical tools and structure to help displaced people to rebuild their lives. We link asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants with local people to build a stronger community for everyone.
We are proud to be supported in our work through grants from funders including The People’s Postcode Trust, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief and The Henry Smith Charity. Find out more here.
Update on Coronavirus:
We have made the difficult decision to close the The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
The Centre will be closed until further notice from March 18th 2020. Please check here for updates.
We have taken this decision in line with Government advice to reduce social contact and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19.
We remain in close contact with our clients and are supporting them as much as possible. We are exploring all possible ways of continuing to support our clients using phones, video and the internet and looking at how we can maintain a level of distribution to get essential supplies to our most vulnerable clients. We are making progress but we are at the beginning of these developments and are watching news updates constantly to ensure that we are working in the best way for all those involved in Islington Centre.
Our appeal at this difficult time
The people who come to us are some of the most vulnerable in London.
They live in insecure accommodation – often homeless, sleeping on friends floors, in hostels or in some cases on the streets.
Many are legally barred from working and receive no financial aid. All are alone, having left their friends and families in their countries of origin.
We fully support the government’s actions to stop the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus, but for the people who rely on us, this new reality is going to be tough.
We spent the last days we were open supporting our clients with hardship, toiletries, food, comfort and phone top ups to help people to keep in touch while we are closed and throughout any isolation or time at home.
This has come at a time when we are already facing a shortfall in our budget for the year and are concerned increased need for direct support to our clients is under strain. As the weeks go buy the needs of our clients will not diminish and in order to continue to support them we are seeking financial donations wherever possible.
Regrettably we are unable to accept any physical donations in kind like food or toiletries at this time.
We need your support now more than ever before.
Please help us by donating here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1015304&stop_mobi=yes