About Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. We also speak up for refugees using our direct work as an evidence base, and ensure refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them. We work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure we can best support our clients.

The charity was founded in 1951 in response to the UN Convention for Refugees, which was created after World War II to ensure refugees were able to find safety in other countries. Since then, the Refugee Council has provided practical and emotional support to refugees from across the world to help them rebuild their lives and play a full part in society.

The Refugee Council is governed by a Board of Trustees , which includes strong refugee representation. We  regularly consult with our members, a significant number of which are refugee community organisations.

The Refugee Council receives funding from local, central and European Government to deliver some services, however it is reliant upon voluntary income – including grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and donations from individuals – to deliver a range of specialist projects that support refugees.  This  includes: employment and move on advice;  therapeutic support; destitution services; support for separated children whose special needs are not covered by mainstream services; and our work to achieve a fairer and more humane asylum system.   

To find out more about how we raise funds please click here.

We are a strongly independent organisation and registered as a charity (Charity No. 1014576. Company No. 2727514).