Advice & Advocacy

We offer non-judgemental professional advice for Housing & Welfare, No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) & Section 17, Asylum Support, and Access to Education.

Asylum Support

Our advice workers can signpost clients to receive help with Section 95 and Section 4 Asylum Support.

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and Section 17

Our Advice Outreach Officer can assist destitute migrant families to approach their local authority for housing and subsistence support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. She can inform families of their rights and entitlements, help to prepare evidence, help to access legal support from community care solicitors and provide ongoing casework support.

Housing and Welfare Advice

Our advice workers can assist you with mainstream housing and welfare issues, applying for benefits and local authority grants, as well as assisting you to find hosting schemes and emergency accommodation. We can help to find pro bono housing solicitors to assist our service users who are facing Illegal evictions, landlord harassment and evictions under Section 8 and Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

Access to Education

At AFRIL we can assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to access compulsory, further and higher education as well as ESOL classes. We can assist families with referring their children to educational support and mentoring schemes.

Other Services Contact Information

Citizen's Advice Lewisham - Welfare benefits, debt, housing
0800 231 54 53

Lewisham Refugee Migrant Network (LRMN) - Immigration, generalist advice
020 8694 0323

REFUGE - Domestic Violence
020 7395 7771

Southwark Law Centre - Immigration, housing, housing eviction
020 7732 2008

Shelter - Homelessness
0808 800 444


999 Club Lewisham - Homeless shelter (must be able to claim benefits)
020 8694 5797

Laurence House - Local Authority (Lewisham)
020 8314 6000

Bromley lewisham and Greenwich Mind - Mental health services
020 8289 5020

Room for Refugees - Hosting Scheme
0141 353 2220

Women's Aid - Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247

For a list of organisations offering free legal advice click here:
Free Legal Advice and Solicitors.pdf

Advice Manager