The official site for ARKH (Asylum Seekers & Refugees of Kingston upon Hull) / Northern Refugee Centre (Hull and East Riding)


The following causes align well with our ethos and our objectives as an organisation. We have listed them here in order to lend our support to them and to encourage visitors to our website to follow links to them.

Fight Proposed Cuts to ESOL

Please find below a template letter produced by Ben Butler (ARKH Projects Coordinator) asking MPs to confirm their position on Early Day Motion 1706 which seeks to preserve funding for ESOL in the face of proposed cuts. Please feel free to copy/ amend/ personalise this letter and send it on to your MP.

Dear [Insert MP’s Name] MP,

I am particularly concerned about proposed funding changes to ESOL courses. ESOL has already seen a cut of 32% in funding in the last two years, and if the proposed cuts are to be enacted, approximately 100,000 students, three-quarters of whom are women, will be hit with unaffordable fees somewhere in the region of £400-£1,200.

We believe that these cuts, alongside the recent withdrawal of the Refugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES), widespread local authority cuts to the third sector, and a 60% funding cut to the Refugee Council will militate against the successful integration of new migrants and lead to them being further vilified, not least by the Prime Minister himself who recently accused non-English speakers in the UK of creating ‘discomfort and disjointedness’ in our communities.

I would be grateful if you could confirm your position on Early Day Motion 1706 tabled by Paul Blomfield MP which expresses concerns about ‘funding changes to [ESOL] proposed in the Government’s Investing for Skills for Sustainable Growth’ with a particular focus on their equality impact.

Yours Sincerely

[Insert Name]

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCDAC)

NCADC is a voluntary organisation providing practical help and advice to people facing deportation on how to launch and run anti-deportation campaigns.

NCADC provides objective and confidential advice on all pros and cons of campaigning work. They can help small campaigning groups to design leaflets, organising first campaign meetings and write letters and petitions etc.

Click here to visit their website.

Medical Justice

Medical Justice exposes and challenges inadequate healthcare provision to immigration detainees.

They deal with individual detainee cases at a rate of about 1,000 a year.  Most of this work is done by volunteers who include ex-detainees, doctors, lawyers and other experts.

Click here to visit their website.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees.  They not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.

Click here to visit their website.

Refugee Action

Refugee Action has over 28 years’ experience in the reception, resettlement, development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

Refugee Action’s Asylum Advice teams provide a reception service for newly arrived asylum seekers, as well as advice and advocacy.

Click here to visit their website.


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