Refugee Action Kingston is a local registered charity, providing advice and support for refugees, people seeking asylum and their families, living in the Royal Borough of Kingston and surrounding boroughs. RAK has been supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in Kingston and surrounding boroughs for over 30 years. People accessing our services face a real challenge to integrate and support their families. Challenges include language, complex immigration processes, social isolation, health & mental issues, financial difficulties and discrimination. RAK offers training, advice and advocacy on a wide range of these issues, as well as offering an Employment Service and Community English Classes and Counselling.Why the community needs us
We deliver a hardship fund to those clients who have no recourse to public funds or find themselves in temporary financial difficulty due to their immigration status. If you would like to make a much-needed gift to our Hardship Fund then please donate. We will continue to provide funds for refugees to buy food, pay for hostels, bus passes, and essential items for families with children who are destitute.Our impact on the community
RAK supported around 2,000 clients and their families in 2019. We resolved 1,749 issues for clients, mostly focused on immigration, welfare benefits, housing, access to healthcare and education. We helped 124 people who attended our Learning Centre improve their English and gain new skills. 44 people improved their employability skills, and we helped 48 people to improve their mental health.
RAK is always looking for volunteers!Please see our website for information:http://www.refugeeactionkingston.org.uk/volunteering/