Our mission

We welcome refugees and migrants who have been displaced from their countries of origin, wherever they have come from, whatever has happened in their lives.  Our mission is to offer people the emotional support, practical tools and sense of community they need to build a decent, happy life in the UK.

Leaving your country because of war, persecution or incarceration takes real grit, determination and courage.  But for many, arriving in London is just the beginning of a long journey towards settled status and a decent life. 

At the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, we welcome people, talk with them, listen to what they need and respond to that. Whether someone tells us they need English lessons, advice on housing, accessing healthcare, applying to college or any of the many challenges of being a migrant in London – we are here for them.

‘When I came to England, my friends, they told me if you want to learn English there is a Centre where you can learn and they help you with many many things, there are many activities. You can do gym, you can do choir. But what I like most at Islington Centre is meeting people. When we go to the Centre, we laugh, we joke, we take coffee, tea, we eat. The staff are ready to help, they help me too much.’


‘Islington Centre is a family to me. I don’t hesitate to share my personal concern with the staff. They are the one who help me with advice, orientation and make me comfort with the situation I’m going through. Islington Centre is my home.’

Raphael (not his real name)