Help for young refugees and asylum seekers

If you are a refugee, asylum seeker or vulnerable migrant aged 15 to 25, you may be able to get help from the British Red Cross.

The Red Cross offers a range of services for young refugees and people seeking asylum aged 15 to 25.

Depending on your needs and where you are in the UK, we may be able to help.

Use the search tool below to find your nearest service.

Help for refugees from Ukraine

You can also get help if you are a refugee, asylum seeker or vulnerable migrant over 25 years old.


Where we help

We offer support for young refugees in the following areas in the UK – Birmingham, Glasgow, Hampshire, Kent, Leeds, Leicester, London and Peterborough.

If you are somewhere else and need help, you can still contact your nearest Red Cross office. We may be able to put you in touch with another organisation that can support you.

How it works

To get our help:

  • you can contact us yourself using the search tool above  just type in your town or postcode
  • someone else can contact us for you, like a foster parent or social services.

Read: how to support young refugees, by British Red Cross head of psychosocial support, Sarah Davidson

Get help with your rights and responsibilities in the UK

We can help you:

  • claim asylum or find out more about how to do it
  • understand what you are entitled to, including healthcare and education
  • understand how age assessments work.

Help settling into life in the UK

Our projects can help you learn about life in the UK. For example, we may be able to support you with:

  • getting the healthcare you need
  • accessing social care support
  • starting your education in the UK
  • building confidence
  • gaining skills to get a job.

Learn life skills

We can help you find out the things you need to know to live in the UK, including:

  • learning life skills such as cooking, using public transport and contacting emergency services
  • understanding how to budget and manage your money
  • help with using your time well, such as keeping busy and developing a regular sleep pattern.

Meet other young refugees and asylum seekers

in some areas of the country, we offer opportunities for you to join groups with other young refugees and asylum seekers.

Our projects help you make friends and get support from other people going through the asylum system, and you can offer them support as well. Activities can cover: 

  • art, drama and photography
  • English, maths and IT skills
  • help preparing for exams
  • trips to different kinds of places, like the countryside, football matches and the theatre
  • getting involved with other community activities, for instance sports or gardening groups
  • wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness
  • help to feel less lonely and manage anxiety.

Our group projects for young refugees and asylum seekers include:

If you are somewhere else in the UK, contact your local service to check if there are other groups near you.


Speak out on refugee issues

The Red Cross also runs the VOICES network, a collective of refugees and people seeking asylum. As experts by experience, VOICES ambassadors have spoken to MPs, other government officials, the media and the public.

Many young people take part and speak out on issues that affect them and other people in their position.

Find missing family

The Red Cross offers help in finding missing relatives abroad through our international family tracing service.

You can use the family tracing service if you have been separated by war, natural disaster or migration.

In some cases, the Red Cross can also help with family reunion.