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Community Services

The following is a list of all the local Health, Care, Counselling and other Local Services for our community

Some of these organisations listed are specifically for Black & Ethnic minorities ‘as they call it’ however the list is not restricted to only those, and includes general organisations that can be of use

 

 

Gangsline - Targeted Against Gangs: Confidential Helpline - 0800 032 9538 (Freephone helpline. No matter what the situation)

This is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture.  We work with individuals from the deprived parts of our communities and with deeply entrenched social, educational, spiritual and family issues.  Central to our ethos and success is a proactive, spiritual and non-enforcement led approach to gangs, and the gang violence embedded our local communities - http://www.gangsline.com/

BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC COUNSELLING SERVICES  

Asian Family Counselling Service | www.asianfamilycounselling.org
Set up to fulfill the needs of Asian families by providing a culturally sensitive marriage counselling service. They offer a counselling service for individuals, couples and families of Asian communities.  

Black and Asian Therapists On-line | www.baato.co.uk
This network seeks to reflect the many who are committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing, the psychological needs of Black and Asian people in Britain.  

Black Women’s Rape Project | www.womenagainstrape.net
Founded in 1991, this is one of the few Black women's organisations specialising in offering counselling, support and advice to Black women and other women of colour, immigrant and refugee women, who have suffered rape, sexual assault or other violence.  

REAP Therapeutic Counselling Service | www.reap-counselling.co.uk
REAP Therapeutic Counselling Service was established in 2007 as a cultural perspective organisation with a vision to improve the provision of therapeutic counselling, in order to meet the needs of all nations, particularly black and minority ethnic communities.  

Sandwell Asian Counselling Service | www.webwell.org.uk
The Sandwell Asian Counselling Service works with Asian men and women providing counselling in Punjabi and Hindi. This service is provided to the South Asian community whose GPs fall within the catchment area of Oldbury and Smethwick.  

The Bolton Council of Mosques | www.thebcom.org
This service offers free counselling to the local community through qualified and accredited counsellors.

Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime – Helpline

Stop Hate UK launched a new 24 hour helpline service, Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime, in England and Wales.

People in England and Wales who have experienced, witnessed or know someone who is experiencing Learning Disability Hate Crime can contact the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline on 0808 802 1155 for support and information. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It is free to call the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline from landlines and most mobiles and the number will not show on a phone bill.

The new service is  funded by the Ministry of Justice Victim and Witness Fund.

Click here for details.

Equality Advisory Support Service

The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) provides information advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Service is funded by the Government Equalities Office and replaces the helpline run by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which had operated in England, Wales and Scotland.

Contact details:

Click here for link

Click here for announcement on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website

Afiya Trust
The Afiya Trust is a London based, black and ethnic minority (BME) led, organisation with a nation-wide remit to reduce inequality in health and social care provision for racialised groups.

Tel: 020 7582 0400
Email: afiya@afiyatrust.org.uk
Web:www.afiyatrust.org.uk
Address: 27-29 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SY

Cope: Black Mental Health Foundation

Cope: Black Mental Health Foundation was formerly known as the National Black Mental Health Association. It exists to develop and network resources which would address mental health service users' needs, so as to provide treatments therapies and management techniques to promote a better quality of life.
Tel: 0121 356 9494
Address: 408 Aston Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6QL

National African HIV Prevention Programme (NAHIP) www.nahip.org

Pan London HIV Prevention Programme www.mambo.org

SHOUT LOUD: Helping you have a say about sexual health, contraception and HIV services in England. www.shoutloud.org.uk

  • NHS Direct: 0845 4647
  • SANE: 0845 767 8000
  • Samaritans: 0845 790 9090

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Aaina Women's Group - Advice service
Support, information and signposting for South Asian, Muslim and refugee women and their children. Includes welfare rights, housing, immigration, domestic violence, health, educational opportunities..

Aanchal Women's Aid - Advice service
Services for Asian women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Telephone helpline. Emotional support. Advice, practical help and casework on housing and matrimonial matters, welfare...

Action for Refugees in Lewisham - Advice service
Advice and support for refugees and asylum seekers. Issues dealt with include benefits, housing, health care, employment, education. Employment advice and business support alternate Wednesdays. ESOL..

African Youth Development Association (AYDA)
African Youth Development Association is a small local voluntary sector group founded by Lucy Njomo. It supports women and families who are or have experienced FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and advocate/campaign on their behalf at local and pan London level. 
Email:  lucy.njomo@aydacentre.org
Phone; 02082390009 

Age Concern - Lewisham and Southwark (Southwark) - Advice service
Central office for Age Concern Lewisham and Southwark services. Advice and information. Community care support. Day centre. Healthy ageing activities. Home care, palliative home care. Insurance...

Ambrose King Centre - Advice service
Range of sexual health services provided on a drop-in basis. Advice and counselling. Safer sex information, family planning. Checks and treatments for infections, HIV testing. Drop-in and...

An Viet Foundation - Advice service
Centre for the Vietnamese community, including refugees and asylum seekers. Advice on benefits, housing, immigration and nationality. Drop-in day care and lunch for older people Monday, Wednesday,...

Angolan Community Association - Advice service
Advice, information and casework for the Angolan community and refugees and asylum seekers from other African communities. Translation of documents and interpretation for service users. Work...

Angolan Community in London - Advice service
Advice and help on immigration, housing, education, welfare benefits and social services for Angolans inLondon, including refugees and asylum seekers. Interpreting and translation. Prison,...

Asian Women's Resource Centre - Advice service
Counselling, advocacy, outreach and support services for Asian women. Support and advice around domestic violence issues, forced marriage and 'honour' killings, child/contact residence, child...

Bangladesh Welfare Association of Croydon - Advice service
Advice, information and counselling on benefits, housing, employment, health, racial harassment. Interpreting and translation service. Nursery, mother and children's club, older people's coffee...

Broadway Homeless Support - Accommodation
The project's phone number is 020 8740 7040.

Central Africa's Rights & AIDS (CARA) Society - Advice service
Advice, information and representation for people facing disadvantage, including older and disabled people and those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Subjects dealt with include debt,...

Community Development Organisation - Advice service
Services for refugees and asylum seekers from sub-SaharanAfrica. Family crisis intervention. HIV/AIDS and sexual health promotion work. Help with access to social/health care services. Training and..

Community of Congolese Refugees in Great Britain (CORECOG) - Advice service
Advice, casework and information for Congolese and French speaking African refugees and asylum seekers. Casework in housing, immigration and welfare benefits. Maths and computing education project....

Congolese Voluntary Organisation - Advice service
Support and advice for asylum seekers and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Advice about arrival and settlement, immigration, welfare benefits and housing, education, employment and...

Dellow Centre - Advice service
Day centre for homeless people. Provides breakfast and showers. Drop-in from 10am - 12.30pm. Also open 1.30pm - 3.30pm for appointments. Drop-in advice on a first come, first served basis. Housing,...

Detention Action - Advice service
Advice and support for immigration detainees in theLondon area to help access asylum support and bail/legal advice. Volunteers befriend detainees who are help at Immigration Removal Centres and...

Doorstep Homeless Families Project - Advice service
Services for homeless families with children who have been placed in hostels and other temporary accommodation. Play and creative activities for under 5s, laundry facilities, toy library, health...

Eritrean Community in the UK - Advice service
Advice and information for the Eritrean community, including refugees and asylum seekers. Subjects include benefits, immigration, housing, social services, training, family issues and education,...

Ethiopian Community in Britain - Advice service
Advice and information for the Ethiopian community, including refugees and asylum seekers. Advice on housing, benefits, health, immigration, education, training, employment. Elders project offering...

Ethnic Minority Centre - Advice service
Centre & umbrella body for minority ethnic community groups & individuals in Merton. Advice session Mon-Fri for help with form filling & referrals to specialist services. Free impartial confidential.. Family Mosaic - Green Lanes - Accommodation
The project's phone number is 020 8802 6470. Fanon Resource Centre - Advice service
Day centre for African Caribbean adults with mental health problems. Advice on a range of issues, including housing and welfare rights. Tenancy sustainment. Mixed group and women's project....

HAYA - Horn of Africa Youth Association - Advice service
Information, advice and support for young people (13-25) from minority ethnic groups including refugees and asylum seekers. Advice on benefits, immigration, education and training, employment,...

Horn of Africa Community Group - Advice service
Advice and information on benefits, health, housing rights, immigration/nationality, accessing appropriate services, basic legal issues. Outreach support for older and housebound people. Family...

Horn of Africa Refugee Welfare Group - Advice service
Advice and information for refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa (mainlySomalia,Djibouti and alsoEthiopia). Subjects dealt with include benefits, housing, education, health and...

in touch - Mental Health Supported Housing - Accommodation
in touch run a range of small supported housing schemes for 54 people with mental health problems in Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. The majority of the housing..

Positively UK - Advice service
Peer support services for people living with HIV and their families. Advice, advocacy, information, support groups, helpline, children and family service. Work based training/volunteering to build...

Primary Health Care for Homeless People - Advice service
Primary health care sessions at day centres and hostels throughoutCamden. Health assessment and general health care. Well women checks. Hepatitis and HIV screening. Dental service. Alcohol and drug..

Southall Black Sisters - Advice service
Resource centre for mainly Asian, African and African Caribbean women. Provides advice, information on domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, matrimonial rights, family problems, racial harassment...

The Women's Day Centre - Advice service
Day centre for homeless women, including refugees and asylum seekers. Housing, benefits and immigration advice. 4 emergency beds (max 10 days). Showers, laundry, clothes store. Sandwiches Mon-Fri....

Trinity Homeless Projects - Advice service
Training and employment centre for people who are unemployed, homeless people, ex-offenders, asylum seekers/refugees or people with alcohol/drug problems. Housing information. Accredited training in..

Uganda Community Relief Association - Advice service
Advice, information and support BME communities. Advice on housing issues, immigration and representation for refugees and asylum seekers. Health promotion with the emphasis on HIV/AIDS. Training...

West Indian Ex-Servicemen's and Women's Association - Advice service
Advice and support for ex-service men and women from theWest Indies and their dependents. Provides information and advice on subjects including benefits, pensions, welfare rights, housing. Lunch...

EMERGENCY NUMBERS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE

• The police, ambulance and fire brigade: 999 (freephone, 24 hours)

• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (freephone, 24 hours) Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge

SPECIALIST HELPLINES

• Southall Black Sisters (for BME women experiencing domestic/sexual violence, forced marriage, dowry abuse, FGM, HBV and immigration/no recourse problems) Helpline: 020 8571 0800 Website: www.southallblacksisters.org.uk

• Forced Marriage Unit Helpline: 0207 008 0151 Website: www.fco.gov.uk/ forcedmarriage

• Stalking Helpline Helpline: 0808 802 0300 Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

• Rape Crisis (England& Wales) Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (free phone) Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

NSPCC Share Aware: offers lots of information about how to help children in your care stay safe online, explanations of different mobile apps, social networking sites and more.

Net Aware: developed with the NSPCC and Mumsnet, it offers a simple guide on the different apps and sites used by children and young people.

Barnardo’s  Spot the Signs:  Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe. Barnardo’s has published the set of advice leaflets, available to download below for parents, professionals and young people across the UK.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Think U Know: CEOP is a police led, child protection agency which specialises in tackling sexual abuse on and offline. Through its education programme, Thinkuknow, CEOP offers a range of safety information for children, young people, practitioners and parents/carers. For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) is an organisation that offers support to parnets/carers affected by Child Sexual Exploitation. PACE offers parents and carers access to an on-going and long term free telephone based support and information via a specialist team of National Parent Support Workers. Parents can be referred to PACE via the police, social services, third sector organisations and self-referral.

Anti Racism

Tyne and Wear Anti Fascist Association(TWAFA)
Aims to provide information and advice to the community about fascism and anti-fascist activism.

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns
Provides people facing deportation with practical help and advice on how to launch and run anti-deportation campaigns.

Runnymede Trust
Has been at the forefront of the fight against social injustice and racial discrimination for the last 36 years.

Kick it out
Works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change.

National Assembly Against Racism
An umbrella of affiliates and individual members who initiate campaigns, set agendas and raise awareness on the whole range of anti-racist issues affecting British society.

FGM

• Foundation for Women’s Health Research & Development (FORWARD) Helpline: 020 8960 4000 Website: www.forwarduk.org.uk

• Metropolitan Police (Child abuse Investigation Command/Project Azure) Helpline: 020 7161 2888

The following organisations also provide support and advice about FGM:
 The Orchid Project; Women's Resource Centre; Integrate Bristol

IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND NO RECOURSE

• Southall Black Sisters Helpline: 020 8571 0800 Website: www.southallblacksisters.org.uk

• Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants Helpline: 020 7251 8708

• Asylum Aid Helpline: 0207 354 9264

OTHERS

• Broken Rainbow (for lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) Helpline: 0300 999 5428

• Men’s Advice Line Helpline: 0808 801 0327

• Respect Advice line (Helpline offering information and advice to people who are abusive towards their partners and want help to stop) Helpline: 0808 802 4040

• Childline (24hr free helpline for children) Helpline: 0800 1111

• Samaritans (free 24 hours helpline if you are feeling depressed) Helpline: 08457 90 90 90

• The Ann Craft Trust (protect people with learning disabilities from abuse) Helpline: 0115 951 5400

• Respond (Supporting people with learning difficulties, their families, carers and professionals affected by trauma and abuse) Helpline: 0808 808 0700

• VoiceUK(supporting people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experience crime or abuse) Helpline: 0845 122 8695

Also you may want to review: http://www.teachigo.com/ - a completely free service for both students and tutors, where students we able to locate the nearest tutor to them who matches their requirements

This following is a directory of groups and organisations that work with BME communities, most of which participated in the BME Health Forum’s 2006 project: “Research into the participation of BME organisations in health consultations and activities in Kensington & Chelsea andWestminster”.  We have tried to make sure that all the details included in the directory are accurate and up-to- date and hope that you will find this to be a useful resource.

Only the organisation names are displayed below, however more information is displayed by clicking on each of the names (you will be taken to an external website)

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A Moveable Feast

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The Abbey Centre

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Abundance Arts

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Advocacy Plus

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Advocate for Mental Health

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Afghan Dosti Society (ADS)

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Afiya Trust

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African Caribbean Elders

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African People's Link (APL)

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Agape Christian Centre

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African Womens Group

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Al Madina Nursery School

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Al Noor Youth Association

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Albahdja

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Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre

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Anglo-Egyptian Society

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Anglo Czech Slocak Welfare Association

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Angolan Community

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An-Najaat project

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Arab Women's voice

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Arab Women's Centre

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Arabic Speakers Development Organisation

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Arabic Families Service

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Arabic speaking information and advice centre

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Asian Family Services

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Avenue's Youth Project

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Asian Muslim Women's Association (AMWA)

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Bangladesh Centre

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Baraka Youth Association

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Bayswater Families Centre

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Bayswater Social and Cultural Association

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Bengali Group (Soho Family Centre)

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Bengali Institute

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Bengali Women's Group

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Bengali Women's Network (BWN)

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Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association & Community association

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Black and Ethnic Minority Diabetes Association ( BEMDA)

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Black Disabled People's Association

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Black Unity Forum

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Blin Community

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Blin Language and Culture

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BME Residence Group

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British Arabs Resource Centre

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Buddha Light International Association (BLIA)

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Cardinal Hume Centre

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Camden & Westminster RTP

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Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha)

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Central African Help Centre

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Central London Youth Development Trust

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Centre for Filipinos

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Centro Cristiano - Casa de Adorores

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Chelsea Asian Women's Group

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Chelsea Methodist Church, Narthex Pastoral Centre

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Children and Victims of Poverty International

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Chinese Community Centre

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Chinese National Healthy Living Centre

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Chinese Information and Advice Centre

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Cluster Branches Ministry

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Community of Christ in London

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Comunidad Cristiana De Londres

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Confederation of African Organisations

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Consortium Of Bengali Associations

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Connexions (Westminster)

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Dadihiye Development Organisation

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Dalgarno Supplementary School

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Debanma heritage Forum

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Depaul Trust

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Diamond Life

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Earls Court Community Project

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East African Society

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Ebony Steelband Trust

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Egyptian Community Centre

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Egyptian UK Association

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Emanuel Evangelical Church

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Eritrean Community Support

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Eritrean Cultural Support Group in UK

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Eritrean Elders Association

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Eritrean Muslim Community Association.

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Eritrean Parents and Children Association

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Ethiopean Women Empowerement Group

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Ethipean Refugee Association

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Faik Coniga

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Family Friends

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Family Support Group

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First Georgian Supplementary School in the UK

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Forum of Faith

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Gambian Mandigo society

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Genuine Empowerement of mothers in society

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Harambee Development Group

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Havengrove

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Healthier Life 4 You

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Helping Hands for Refugees and Disabled

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Helping Hands Support Association

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Henna Asian Women's Group

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Hodan Somali Community

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Horn Reflections Ltd

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Hungerford Drug Project

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India Welfare Society

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Iranian & Kurdish Women's Rights organisation

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Iraqi British Centre

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Islamic Cultural Centre & Mosque

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Ivorian Advice and Support Group

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Jesus is Lord

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Kalayaan

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Kensington & Chelsea Africans Commonwealth Association (KCACA)

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Kensington Asian Women's Association

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Kensington Temple/ Portuguese Group

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Kongolese Centre for information & Advice

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Kono Women

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Kulan Somali Organisation

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Kung Ho Association

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Kurdish Exile Association

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Kyu-yo-bu-shin

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Latin American Elderly Project

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Latin-American Community Assoc (Latca)

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Latin-American Golden Years Day Centre

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Light ling community association

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London Care Connections

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London Kensington Moroccan Widadia

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London Tigers

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Making Communities Work & Grow (MCWG)

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Marylebone Bangladeshi Society

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Metropole College

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Midaye Somali Development Network

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Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum (MRCF)

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Migrants Resource Centre

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Moroccan Supplementary School

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Mother's Bridge of Love (MBL)

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Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

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National Coalition for black volunteering

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NCH Space for Change (Previously known as Family Service Unit, Queens Park)

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Naz Project London

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New Citizens Voice

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New Roots (Foundation 66)

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North Westminster Community School

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Notre Dame Refugee Centre

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Nubian Mothers Group

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Olabisi Olaleye Foundation

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Organisation for the Advancement of African Women (ORGAAW)

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Over 55 Well Being Project - MCHC

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Pad De Vida Apostolic Ministries

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Pamodzi

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Partnership for Supplementary Schools

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Persian Care Centre

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Photoworks Westminster

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Pimento

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Prospect Kensington Ltd

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Queens Park Bangaldesh Association

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Queens Park New Media Centre

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Rain Trust

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Refugee and Asylum Project Coordinator

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Relief Society for Poles Trust

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Response Community Projects

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Seicho -No-Ie

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Serbian Orthodox Church

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Sharp: The Chemical Dependency Centre

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Sierre Leone Youth Association

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Sixty Plus (part of Age Concern K&C)

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Soho Family Centre

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Soho Family Centre Chinese Group

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Somali Advisory Bureau

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Space KC

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Spanish Portuguese Speakers Elderly Group

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Spanish/Portuguese Speakers Parents Group

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St Anthonio Eritrean Refugee Women's Group

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Sudan People's Support Association

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Sudanese Supplamentary School

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Sudanese Women's Rights Group

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Takullo Community Centre

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The Passage

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The Pepperpot day centre

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Uganda aids Action Fund

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UK Coalition of people living with HIV and AIDS

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Unitarian Church

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VCW Refugee Project

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Victim Support, K & C

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WAND Westminster Action Network on Disability

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WECH Community Centre

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West London Moroccan Widadia

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West North West London Vietnamese Association

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Westbourne Park Baptist Church

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Westbourne Park family Centre

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Westminster Algerian Welfare Society

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African Sexual Health Network

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Westminster Bangladeshi Association (WBA)

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Westminster Befriend a Family

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Westminster Drug Project

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Westminster Mind (Flexicare)

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Westminster Partnership for Race Equality (WRPE)

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Westminster Refugee Consortium

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Wings of Hope Community Association

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Women in Prison

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WSPM Agape Community Project

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Yaa Asantewaa Arts & Community Centre

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Yika-Samba (Caphaa)

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You are not alone (YANA)

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Youth Project International


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