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Action for Refugees in Lewisham

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AFRIL is a grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation.

We are a small locally run charity based in Lewisham, one of the most deprived local authority areas in England, with a very high refugee and asylum seeker population.

We work to relieve poverty and isolation amongst this vulnerable group, advance their education, and provide services to improve social integration.

Since our creation in 2006, we continue to help an average of 120 people in our local community each week - with education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies. 

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  • AFRIL Pub Quiz Special Edition

    Oct. 24, 2016

    We are hosting a Special Edition Pub Quiz in aid of the London Legal Support Trust's Great Legal Quiz. It will be a fantastic evening where you can compete with teams across the country in a fun night of general knowledge whilst helping support those most in need of specialist free legal advice and help.

    All donations will contribute towards funding AFRIL's advice service for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham. With its holistic service to refugees and asylum seekers, AFRIL provides advice on Debt, Welfare, Employment, Consumer concerns, Education and Housing.

    AFRIL's challenge is to survive these difficult times and secure funding for its core costs in running the charity. We continue to rely heavily on the support of volunteers who enable us to provide our services.

    Even the smallest donation makes a difference and we thank you for your support!

    Details :

    Wednesday 9th November, 7:30pm start

    No need to register in advance

    Entry: £5 per person (£25 for teams up to 6)

    Fantastic prizes to be won!

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  • AFRIL at One Sweet Social, Thursday 20th October

    Oct. 16, 2016

    Tunes, spoons & community unity - scoop your tickets now!

    AFRIL will be joining local community groups for One Sweet Social, organised by Ben & Jerry's and HOPE Not Hate's Lewisham More In Common group. 

    One Sweet Social aims to bring the community together and celebrate everything that unites us, with the help of tantalising tastes and tunes.

    Hosted at Wunderlust on Thursday 20th October, One Sweet Social will feature music from Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle and actor and musician Josh Whitehouse, plus DJ sets from South London’s Twinkat Soul, Rude Not To and Ross Allen.

    Free Fairtrade ice cream will be a-flowing (music to those taste buds), and it will be whipped into never-tasted-before combinations. In between scoops and tracks, guests can speak to a host of community groups, all working hard to create inclusion and celebrate diversity in Lewisham. They’ll be able to hop on Wunderlust’s iconic red bus to find out more about how to get involved with their local groups.

    The event is the latest instalment in Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World campaign, launched to bring people together and create a positive outlook within our communities at a time of increasing division.

    To scoop up your tickets, head to It’s fastest-finger-first, so keep an eye out! Tickets cost £3 with proceeds going to support HOPE Not Hate’s charitable work. 

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