Get help as a young refugee or asylum seeker

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.

Changes to our services during the coronavirus outbreak

  • We are currently updating information on the availability and contact details of our services due to coronavirus, also called Covid-19. If you need refugee services, please keep checking this page.
  • We are sorry that we now have to stop our travel assistance service. This is because of travel restrictions and the risk that families could be stranded on their journey. We are monitoring the situation closely and hope to start the service again as soon as possible.
  • In the meantime, families should contact the Home Office directly to discuss visa extensions and re-issues. For information about coronavirus please visit the NHS advice page or read the translated leaflets

We will continue to offer our other services for refugees for as long as possible.

How we can help

We’ll look at your needs and may be able to give one-to-one support. Depending on what services are available in your area, this could  include help with:

  • understanding the asylum process
  • preparing documents, eg letters and applications
  • health, education and social care support
  • learning new skills
  • building confidence
  • knowing what support you can get and helping you to get it.

We also do group work with young people in some places, giving you the opportunity to:

  • meet new people
  • grow your talents and interests
  • learn and take part in activities, eg English, IT, maths, art and drama therapy and music (subjects depend on where you are)
  • get help preparing for exams
  • take day trips, eg for golf, football, cooking
  • get help adjusting to life in the UK
  • learn to live independently
  • understand what you’re entitled to and have help getting it. 

Where we help

We offer support for young refugees in a few places in the UK – Birmingham, Glasgow, Hampshire, Kent, Leeds, Leicester (no group activities), London and Peterborough.

How it works

To get our help:

  • you can contact us yourself
  • someone else can contact us for you, eg foster parent or social services.