Support available for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees

Friday, 13 April, 2018

ELOP provide services for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees from boroughs including Redbridge. The support they currently have available for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees are:

  • Weekly peer support & social networking group
  • Weekly skill development & volunteering group (12 week programmes)
  • Volunteer development workshops and support sessions

Please find below some more detailed information on these groups that can be passed on to any LGBT asylum seekers and refugees you work with.

Peer support & social networking group

This group is for our LGBT asylum seekers who are waiting to join the skill development & volunteering group programme and for those new to ELOP who would like to meet other LGBT asylum seekers in a safe supportive and social environment.  During group sessions you will get to share your experiences, hear and learn about others journeys, offer and receive peer support, and participate in facilitated activities and sessions, whilst also building you confidence and self-esteem and developing your skills for getting involved in LGBT and wider community living and participation.

Depending on restrictions and waiting lists, you will either be booked weekly for this group or for 4 week blocks, where you must attend each of the 4 weeks booked.  You will be given details of how to book at your first session.    

This group runs on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm – 4:30pm.  N.B. the first 30minutes is for new members attending their first session or for others advised to attend this part to deal with a specific enquiry.

Skill development & volunteering group

This group is for people who have been attending the peer support and social networking group and who would like to work more specifically on their confidence and skills development, and particularly gain assistance and support to volunteer, attend workshops and become more involved.

This group runs in cycles of 12 week programmes and you will need to be able to attend each week or you may risk losing you space.  You may be invited to join this group as spaces become available, or you need to request to join.  The group takes new members four times a year, subject to restrictions and waiting lists.

Please not that due to ELOP's funding, services are restricted to people from these specific postcode areas, plus some areas have limited capacity or waiting lists due to a high demand for these services. 

In addition to the above, LGBT asylum seekers and refugees can also participate in ELOP’s other LGBT groups, activities and events.

For more information please contact ELOP on 020 8509 3898 or email

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