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Community Outreach Groups

Local services for and open to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

* If you are looking for a national Refugee organisation, UNHCR provide an excellent list HERE.  

Anglo – Chinese Cultural Exchange

Encourage cross community exchange of culture and arts.
Address: c/o Volunteeing Matters, The Old Crown Count, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2DX
Email: [email protected]
Tel: Lydia Tse 07867 614 349 or Natalie Chu 07903 165 039


Bangladeshi Support Centre
Provides information, help and support; advances the education of individuals and the community as a whole. Address: Bangladeshi Support Centre, Ipswich, IP1 3BE
Tel: 01473 400081


British Red Cross
Provides support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers from their centre in Chevallier Street.

Address: 15 Chevallier St, Ipswich, IP1 2PF
Tel: 01473 219260British Red Cross are offering 

  • British Red Cross coordinate  the International Family Tracing service For further information please visit
  • The British Red Cross also offer free courses aimed at tackling the stigma faced by Refugees, Asylum Seekers and other migrants. These courses are aimed at young people aged 10-19 and can be booked by schools and youth groups in Ipswich and the surrounding area.  You can read more about these workshops in the Red Cross course leaflet ( Stigma workshops leaflet ) or HERE For further details and to book please contact Ruby Clift (Youth Education Coordinator) on 07834 525352 or [email protected]



Emmaus offer homeless people a safe home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment.

[email protected]


Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE)
Provides information, advice and support to individuals and families who have experienced or are experiencing discrimination/harassment.
Address: 46A St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich IP1 3EP
Tel: 01473 408111

Email: [email protected]
Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm


Ipswich Suffolk Indian Association
Promotes cultural events, activities and workshops across Ipswich and Suffolk including the Indian Summer Mela, Diwali and Holi Festivals.
Address: PO Box 757 Ipswich, IP1 9ND
Tel: 0844 8844 825
Email: info​@isia​.org​.uk


Ipswich & Suffolk Muslim Council
The Ipswich and Suffolk Muslim Council (ISMC) is the umbrella organisation of Muslims in Ipswich and Suffolk. It aims to promote cooperation, consensus and unity on Muslim affairs, and to establish a position for the Muslim community within British society that is fair and based on due rights.
Address: 50 Grimwade Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1LP

Julie Begum: 07990 735330


Ipswich and Suffolk West Indian Association 
Meet on Tuesday’s. 10.00am till 2.30 pm St Margaret Church Hall next to the school, Bolton Lane Ipswich IP4
Telephone: 01473 723997 mobile: 07980 979132
Contact: Mr Albert Grant


Karibu African Women’s Support Group
Provides information, advice, help, support and signposting.  Also runs activities for children.
Address:Burlington Baptist Church Hall, Burlington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk PostcodeIP1 2EU

Tel: 01473 289330; 07757 660 833
Email: karibu_wsg​@yahoo​.co​.uk


Newsflash East of England

The Newsflash is a weekly round up compiled by the Strategic Migration Partnership from the East of England LGA of publications, information, events, funding and jobs relating to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and migrant workers, for anyone who wants to keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

You can subscribe by emailing [email protected] or sign up Here


Marginalised Adults Team

70 -74 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2LA

Tel: 01473 341750



Promote health,opportunity, equality, benevolence & empowerment for black and ethnic minority women and children.

Address: 19, Tower Street, Citizen Advice Bureau Building, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3BE.[email protected]
Tel: 00 44 1473 231566


Suffolk Refugee Support Runs a drop-in advice and advocacy service for Asylum Seekers and Refugees to receive free advice and support on a broad range of subjects from housing and employment to how to make friends and learn English.
Address: 38 St. Matthews Street, Ipswich IP1 3EP

Tel 07847 111865

Martin Simmonds – [email protected]

Twitter @suffolk_refugee


Suffolk Inter Faith Resource (SIFRE)
Promotes understanding between people of different faiths.
Address:The Inter-Faith Centre, Brightspace,160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0HH

Tel: 01379 678615
Email: aa​@sifre​.org​.uk[email protected]