Refugee Council Frontline Services
They deliver services for resettled refugees, people granted refugee status, people seeking asylum and separated children, across integration, employment, therapy, immigration casework, age disputes, social and educational activities, homelessness and access to healthcare. The past year has been extremely turbulent. 174,000 Ukrainians are now in the UK. Both the Nationality and Borders Act and the Illegal Migration Bill are considered by UNHCR to breach international law. Debates have flared over Rwanda, the treatment of Afghans, the asylum backlog, substandard accommodation, children disappearing from Home Office care, and people drowning in the English Channel. At the heart of this storm can be found Refugee Council’s services team. Working in an intentionally hostile environment, their warmth and courage is inspirational. •They rapidly responded to the Ukraine war •Their therapeutic support has had huge demonstrable impact in keeping clients safe from hopelessness and suicide •An antidote to division and hate, they have been championing respect, solidarity and empowerment •They have achieved all this and more during a year when we made extensive changes to our structure, processes and strategy, showing impressive flexibility.