Portsmouth Law School
Further details of assistance available from the British Red Cross
Students help clients with issues such as:
- access to housing
- financial support
- volunteering opportunities
- their legal rights and entitlements
The British Red Cross Refugee Support Project supports asylum seekers and refugees living in Portsmouth as they go through the asylum process. The majority of our clients will have made a claim for asylum and be awaiting a decision from the Home Office.
What you can expect from the clinic
The British Red Cross offers emotional and practical support and students will complement this by adding legal skills to the various issues.
The majority of the work involves making assessments of clients’ needs and providing advisory support to asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants on issues involving immigration advice, accommodation, financial support and other rights and entitlements. Students provide information, signpost to other organisations and make referrals where appropriate to local services. Students liaise frequently with the Home Office, DWP and other statutory, non-statutory and legal services. Examples of regular work include assisting clients to make asylum support applications and appeals, applying for mainstream benefits and signposting to legal aid solicitors.
What will it cost?
The BRC Service is free
What service can British Red Cross offer?
The office runs drop-in sessions on Mondays and Thursdays where clients are seen by volunteer caseworkers (University students) who work one on one with them on a range of concerns relating to their legal rights and entitlements, access to housing, financial support, healthcare, education and volunteering opportunities as detailed above.
Further information and contact details:
For further information, advice, and appointments;
If you need to contact the British Red Cross, please go to www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Contact-and-help/Contact-us and select the best option for you.