Annual General Meeting

The Welsh Refugee Council will be holding its Annual General Meeting on March 30th, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3pm at the Wales Millennium Centre.  

The event will start with a registration and networking event and lunch from 12:00 pm followed by the AGM at 12:30 pm.  The Welsh Refugee Council is growing and we have a lot to share relating to meeting the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales.

Join the Welsh Refugee Council's Trustee Board

Join the Welsh Refugee Council

The Welsh Refugee Council is looking for interested individuals to join us as a Trustee to our board.

Join the Welsh Refugee Council's Board of Trustees


Christmas 2016 Opening Times

The year 2016 is coming to an end and the Welsh Refugee Council would like to wish everyone a great ending to 2016 and wonderful season. Below are the details of our opening times of service during this period. We look forward to welcoming 2017 with a sense of hope, inclusivity and peace.

Opening and Closing Times


Monday December 19th, 2016 

Tuesday December 20th, 2016 

Wednesday December, 21st, 2016

Thursday December 22nd. 2016 

Wednesday December 28th,  2016

Report Hate Crime

Hate Crime Leaflet

Report Hate Crime

October 08th - 15th, 2016 is hate crime week and to commemorate the week, we are pleased to introduce the new Hate Crime Booklet.

New Welsh Refugee Council Leaflet


Free Interpretation Course starting October

We are pleased to announce a new course in Public Service Interpretation, to be delivered by the Welsh Refugee Council in partnership with Cardiff University. This course is aimed towards speakers of two or more languages who are interested in developing their interpretation skills and working towards a career in interpretation. The course will be free of charge, starting  October 4th October, 2016.

Course detials 

Welsh Refugee Council

120-122 Broadway



Tuesdays from 2-5pm for 6 weeks 

Services in Cardiff for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Are you new to Cardiff? Would you like to know where you can find the services you need to help you navigate your journey in Wales?  Then download a copy of the service directory with information on where to go to do your biometric enrollment or where to get access to public services.



An Award for our ESOL Classes

Welsh Refugee Council Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year

The Welsh Refugee Council's is the proud recipient of the Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year 2016.

Seven Steps to Sanctuary: Welsh Refugee Coalition Manifesto

Making Wales a Welcoming and Prosperous Nation: Influencing the National Assembly for Wales Elections 2016. Read the Manifesto below 

Seven Steps to Sanctuary: Welsh Refugee Coalition Manifesto

Asylum seeking women get a sporting chance

Every week, about 15 asylum seeking and refugee women attend the women's only Women Get Active sporting class at YMCA Cardiff hosted by the Welsh Refugee Council in partnership with YMCA Cardiff and funded by Sports Wales.  Many of the women are survivors of very difficult situations and feel the class provides an opportunity for them to escape, get back in touch with sport and have fun in the process.

Welsh Affairs Select Committee Briefing

A briefing from the Welsh Refugee Coalition

In preparation for the MPs from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee visit to Cardiff's Lynx House accommodation, we produced a briefing to help explain some of our key concerns. You can find this briefing below, which was circulated to all members of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in advance of their visit.


Statement on Red Wristbands

The practice of forcing asylum seekers to wear brightly coloured wristbands in order to receive food is abhorrent and a regressive step away from Wales’ long history as a nation of sanctuary. The bands were introduced in late 2015 as a cost-cutting measure by Clearsprings Ready Homes, a private company responsible for the provision of asylum accommodation under their COMPASS contract with the Home Office.

ESRC Funded Studentship in Human Geography

From City to Nation of Sanctuary: Examining the Political Geographies of Citizenship

Closing date: 15 February 2016
First Supervisor:  Dr Angharad Closs Stephens (Department of Geography, Swansea University)
Project Description:

The Economic & Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and Swansea University are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in Human Geography in collaboration with the Welsh Refugee Council.

Wales: Nation of Sanctuary

The Welsh Refugee Council is working with organisations across Wales, including DPIA, Oxfam, City of Sanctuary, EYST, Oasis Cardiff and Trinity Centre to call for Wales to be the first Nation of Sanctuary. We are asking for people and organisations in Wales to:

  • Offer your support
  • Offer your voice
  • Offer your friendship

Watch our short film to find out more about Wales as a Nation of Sanctuary.

Students teach English to asylum seekers and refugees

Final year English students at the University of South Wales are working with the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC) to deliver English lessons to refugees.

As part of their undergraduate degree, students at the University are offered a unique educational opportunity to teach refugees and earn an extra qualification, while gaining invaluable experience.

Sanctuary in the Senedd

“Every refugee coming to Wales is escaping fear, and has a dream. If we can make this country a place of safety and welcome, we have a chance to make that dream come true...”

BETTY NYAMWENGE - Co-Chair of the Sanctuary in the Senedd Event, Chair of Cardiff City of Sanctuary

Nation of Sanctuary Action Briefing

The Welsh Refugee Coalition

We are a coalition of organisations working in Wales with asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their journey, and with the communities in which they live.  We work together in the interests of asylum seekers and refugees, to ensure that our limited resources can be used to best effect and to speak with one voice on policies and practices affecting people seeking safety in Wales.


Bake Sale - Cardiff University

On Wednesday 25 November 2015, Social Work MA students from Cardiff University held a bake sale in order to raise money for the Welsh Refugee Council’s hardship fund.
The hardship fund is for asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers and refugees who are destitute. It provides emergency payment to help people access food, clothing, and essential transport.

Women's Asylum Project

This Welsh Refugee Council project is crucial to the lives of asylum seeking women in Wales who have been the victim of gender based violence. These women often have complex legal cases due to their gender specific issues.

Welsh Refugee Council is recruiting a Migration Policy Officer

This is an important, interesting and exciting role to work on our Migration Services in Wales project, funded by the Welsh Government. It is a great opportunity for you to be a key player in increasing understanding of migration policy and practice in Wales.


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