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Support in the community

Whether you are still waiting for your asylum decision or have already received a decision on your application, there are places you can visit in the community who can support you in many different ways.

(Please check for updates on services due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Citizens Advice Tameside
The CAB Tameside service is free, confidential and open to everyone in the community.  Staff are trained to give information on virtually any issue, including:
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Debt
  • Employment
  • Consumer
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Health
  • Immigration (OISC Level1)
  • Human Rights
  • Family and Personal
CAB won't tell you what to do but  will arm you with all the facts and possible outcomes of different options to allow you to make the decision that's right for you. If needed, they can also offer practical support, such as help with filling in forms, writing letters or negotiating with third parties.  
St Peters Church Red Cross Drop in
Manchester Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0LB
St Peter’s church is a very large church situated on a roundabout visible to all as they enter Ashton. It is known locally as the ‘Gateway to Ashton’. St Peter’s is a very friendly, informal, flexible church where worship is modern, open and lively. The non-judgemental church congregation come together to worship God, to support each other and the local community
St Peters church host a designated Red Cross Drop-in Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Thursday, 10.00am – 2.00pm. ESOL may be provided.
Manchester Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0LB
Holy Trinity Community Centre
Dean Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7HD
Tel: 0161 339 0236
From ESOL classes, Women’s Health and Exercise classes and Life in the UK classes, Holy Trinity is at the heart of the Ashton Community. Check out the weekly provision on their website.
Weekly provision is subject to change
Infinity Initiatives
13 Wood St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6AT
Tel: 0161 339 6137
Infinity Initiatives - Support, Counselling, Pay What You Can Cafe

New Life Church
New Life | St James Street | Ashton under Lyne | OL6 6SF
 0161 339 7924           
New Life Church operates The Tameside East Food Bank with 2 other local churches and in conjunction with the Trussell Trust. The volunteers are church members or live in the local community. The drop in at the New Life Centre is on Thursdays from 1-3pm. All clients need a voucher from a recognised agency to get food. Foodbank is run by local churches to help local people in crisis. The food given is for a period of 3 days. All the food is donated. If you would like to donate food, please bring non-perishable foods to the church on any weekday morning (9:30-12:30) or on a Thursday afternoon. The people of Tameside have given excellent support to the food bank since it started in December 2012.
The Church of Nazarene
230 Stamford Street Central, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7LJ, UK
0161 330 3355

The Church of Nazarene is a welcoming and inclusive church in the centre of Ashton. The church provides much needed support within the community.
Please check the website for further information on events.
Red Cross- Refugee support, Oldham
Oldham Baptist Church Chaucer Street Oldham OL1 1BA
Wednesday 10am - 3pm or Thursday 11.30am - 3pm
Services include:
Advice, Wellbeing sessions, Employability sessions ,  English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) , Volunteering project, Casework and food parcels (on Thursdays), Emergency cash (on Thursdays)
Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN)
0161 868 0777
Rainbow Haven
Address: 113 Abbey Hey Lane Gorton, Manchester M18 8TJ
Rainbow Haven provides community drop-in sessions that offer support and activities for refugees, asylum Seekers and vulnerable migrants
Phone: 01613703472
Tameside Early Help team
The Early Help Team at Tameside Council can support parents and young children in the community.
Curzon Ashton Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is the charitable foundation associated with, but independent of Curzon Ashton Football Club.  The objectives of our Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered charity number 1178657) are to be of benefit of the general public, in particular, the inhabitants of Ashton under Lyne and the surrounding areas too;
  • Promote community participation in healthy recreation
  • To provide and assist in the facilities for sport, recreation or other leisure time occupation of such persons who have need for such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interest of social welfare and with the object of improving their conditions of life.
  • For the general purposes of such charitable bodies or for such other exclusively charitable purposes in each case as the trustees may from time to time decide
WAST- Women Asylum Seekers Together
Telephone: 0161 464 7374 during Office hours
Monday & Tuesday -leave message on phone 
Please check website for updates on Drop In activities, availability and times-
WAST wants women to share experiences, empower and support one another whilst fighting for women’s rights and raising awareness about the issues that force women to seek international protection and the effects of the injustices experienced through the UK immigration system.
WAST consists of women of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientation and disability. They speak many languages, practice many religions and accommodate for all.
Some of the women have children and spouses or partners with us, others face their families being split up by deportation and many are alone.
As woman seeking asylum we can often feel vulnerable due to isolation, trauma, ill health, facing destitution, homelessness, or deportation-WAST is a safe place where you can be and feel yourself.
Mustard Tree
110 Oldham Road, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AG
General Enquiries- Head Office, Manchester: 0161 850 2282
Salford: call 0161 505 0974
Website - please check the website for updates
Mustard Tree helps people to change their lives, secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing. Their focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness. Since 1994 they have created opportunities for people to help themselves through providing practical support, friendship, connections into work and improvements to health & wellbeing, alongside new experiences to encourage aspiration
Food club
Furniture and Clothes
The Freedom Project
Advice and Resources
Refugee Action in Greater Manchester
Address: 179 Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5TJ
Phone: 0161 831 5420
The Asylum Crisis Project supports individuals and families who are waiting for a decision on their asylum claim with assistance to access housing and financial support as well as those who have had their first asylum claim rejected but are unable to return to their home country
Please check the website for further projects.
  • A multilingual website
  • A telephone service 0800 464 3380.
  • To provide information to migrants living in the UK on 5 key topics: health, work, benefits, visas and immigration, housing and homelessness.
The website also provides a comprehensive overview of the various governmental and non-governmental support schemes that are available to migrants. Finally, it provides signposted information for users to get further information and/or begin the process of accessing support. The website is currently available in many languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic, Chinese, Albanian and Vietnamese, with Polish to be added soon. The telephone service provides information to callers in any language, and is available on Freephone 0800 464 3380

Freedom From Torture
Address: 1st Floor North Square, 11-13 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1JU
Telephone: 0161 236 5744
About the North West centre
Our centre was set up in 2003. It was our first centre outside of London, in response  to the dispersal of asylum seekers across the UK.
The centre offers therapy and other support to adults, children, young people and families, as well as medico-legal reports. Visit our ‘Help for Survivors’ section on our website for more information and to make a referral.
Clinicians also offer training and support to practitioners and services across the region.
Here is the link to make a referral online:

West African Development

West African Development leaflet

If you are at risk from, or have been affected by domestic abuse, you can contact us via telephone on either 08003280967 or 01613312552 or via
email at


Bridges leaflet for web

Asylum Matters
Asylum Matters campaigns on issues in the UK asylum system. We do not provide any services to individuals or advice on individual cases. If you would like our updates on campaigns and policy developments in asylum please get in touch.
email us on 
Phone: 0113 8800002.

The British Red Cross Ashton
Asylum and Refugee Support Drop in
Every Thursday 10-2pm
The Church Of Nazarene. 230 Stamford Street, Ashton OL6 7LJ
A safe and welcoming space for refugees & asylum seekers to enjoy a hot meal, ESOL, casework, support sessions and different activities.
07725205982 (Please check opening times during school holidays)

The Church of Nazarene
Breakfast club- Wednesdays 9.30-11.30pm
Thursday Feast- 4-6pm

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