Good Practice and Partnerships

Rapid sector response to COVID-19

Our blog detailing the fast response to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis from organisations that support refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK.

Based on conversations with 40 partner organisations between 16 March and 16 April 2020, we outline the five biggest issues identified by experts in providing support. They range from increased destitution to effective communication and shifting to remote services.

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Organisations we are working with
Locations across the UK
Live Projects

The Asylum Good Practice and Partnerships team works to fulfill Refugee Action’s Vision:

  • Increase access to justice
  • Reduce poverty and homelessness for refugees and asylum seekers.

How do we do this?

Through direct services, as well as support and capacity building for other organisations.

Collaboration and partnership building is at the heart of everything that we do.

Together we will have the biggest impact by delivering services that are:

  • Planned, proactive and targeted
  • Grounded in expert and up to date knowledge
  • Linked up and well connected locally and nationally

Through this approach, we support our partner organisations to build capacity and deliver more life changing services to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Good Practice & Partnerships Projects


Brushtrokes learns the art of early action

Since 2017 Brushstrokes Community Project has become a much-valued partner of our Good Practice and Partnerships team.

Based in Sandwell in the West Midlands, Brushstrokes illustrated how good leadership and an appetite for change can enable projects to move from responding to crises to preventative early action, while retaining their community focus and spirit.

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PAFRAS: building capacity to fight destitution

PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), set up in 2003, is a longstanding anti-destitution project. Based in Harehills, Leeds, they respond to the needs of people experiencing poverty, destitution and homelessness following a final, negative decision on their asylum claim as well as other vulnerable migrants.

Refugee Action enjoy a successful partnership with PAFRAS having worked with them on our Frontline Immigration Advice Project (FIAP) and the Asylum Early Action Programme.

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Meet the team

James Conyers

Legal Trainer and Student Support Manager

Lora Evans

Early Action Charter Programme Project Manager

Rachel Ward-Newton

Asylum Guides National Programme Project Manager

Carolina Albuerne

Good Practice & Partnerships Manager