Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

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  • Refugees / migrants

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Our Story

Notre Dame Refugee Centre has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for more than 25 years, thanks to the generosity of those who share our aims and beliefs.​ Originally, it was set up by Notre Dame de France  in 1996, in response to changes in asylum and immigration laws that year. It was then registered as an independent charity in 2007.

​Like many of our supporters, many of our visitors are French speaking, but we have welcomed visitors from 98 different countries over the five past years. We remain a bilingual English and French speaking refugee centre.


We have four Office of the Immigration Services Commission (OISC), qualified part-time staff members and a team of 40 volunteers. ​We hold an Advice Quality Standard mark.

​Thanks to the commitment of our staff, volunteers and donors, we offer emotional and practical support to people who often find doors closed to them elsewhere.  Whlle our primary concern is free legal advice, as described above, we also run a drop in centre which offers hot meals, ESOL classes and other activities to address other needs of our clients, none of whom have recourse to public funds. 

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