Content: About us


AFRIL opened to the public in July 2006.  We began by providing a free advice service for refugees and asylum seekers, as well as a supplementary School - The Rainbow Club - for children aged between 4 and 11. We now work with an average of 120 clients per week, and over 40 different nationalities.

In 2016 we continue to provide:

  • ESOL classes for adults on Wednesdays 10-12 at St. Margaret Church, Thursdays 10-12 at Bradram SE13 and classes at Leemore Centre To Be Confirmed. Provided by our partner Community Education Lewisham (CEL), with a creche for children aged 1 to 4 years old.


  • A supplementary School for children - the Rainbow Club 9:30-1:30, aged 4-11 years old.


  • Advice Services on Tuesdays 9-5 (Appointment only), Thursdays 10-12 (Tamil, Drop-in) and 12:30-3 (Immigration Advice, Appointment, Drop-in) and Fridays 10-12:30 (Appointment only).


  • Support destitute families with clothes, food and other essentials.

    ESOL Class   Rainbow Club

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

Please do volunteer - we need people to donate their time and skills to run our projects.  We are also recruiting for the management board and would like to hear from people with a fundraising background to assist with funding applications.

Our mission

It is our mission to help refugees help themselves by:

  • Empowering them to acquire skills and knowledge.
  • Finding out about and accessing services.
  • Providing volunteer experience to build their skills.

 As part of our service, we offer the following guarantee:

  • We treat all information provided as strictly confidential.
  • We strive to deliver a service that recognised equal opportunities for all.
  • We empower users to get involved in the planning and delivery of our services.

Our Partners