Useful Websites

ASYLUM/REFUGEES

We are an independent, national charity assisting refugees in the UK. We help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people seeking asylum in the UK by giving them free legal advice and representing them in their asylum application. We also combine our advice work and policy work with campaigning for the fair treatment of refugees in this country.

Information and support for anyone using online communications among refugee communities in the UK.

ECRE is an umbrella organisation of 76 refugee-assisting agencies in 30 countries working towards fair and humane policies for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. They aim to promote the protection and integration of refugees in Europe based on the values of human dignity, human rights, and an ethic of solidarity.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Along with two other government departments we are responsible for ensuring that justice is done in the UK. Justice means ensuring people who break the law are punished fairly and rehabilitated if possible, victims of crime are supported, and our communities and families are safer and happier as a result.

We’re reforming the justice system to make sure we achieve these goals, moving the focus away from the offender, and towards the needs of victims and witnesses.

The justice system – meaning the process that starts with a crime being reported and ends with an offender being punished – is a complicated process. This section outlines each major part of the system, explaining what happens when, and who the main agencies are that are involved.

CCJF works across the Christian churches. All main denominations are represented on the Full Members’ meeting. CCJF is a Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

DEBT/MONEY MANAGEMENT

Credit Action is a national money education charity established in 1994. We are committed to helping people manage their money better. Our passion is to help people stay in control, rather than let money control them and disrupt their lives through over indebtedness. We produce a range of resources which help everybody handle their money well.

At National Debtline we are committed to answering your call and then discussing your debt problems with you and the options available to you. The specialist advice that we give over the telephone is backed up with written self-help materials which we can send out to you for free. If your circumstances meet certain criteria, we can, if you are interested, assist in setting up a Debt Management Plan for you, for free.

Stewardship is the Christian financial support services charity, connecting people and resources to advance the Kingdom of God.

DRUGS/ADDICTION

ENVIRONMENT

We are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It’s our job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.

To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Defra works for the essentials of life – food, air, land, water, people, animals and plants. Our remit is the pursuit of sustainable development – weaving together economic, social and environmental concerns. Defra therefore: brings all aspects of the environment, rural matters, farming and food production together; is a focal point for all rural policy, relating to people, the economy and the environment; has roles in both European Union and global policy making, so that its work has a strong international dimension.

HOMELESSNESS

We help 100,000 people a year fight for their rights, get back on their feet, and find and keep a home. And we also tackle the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis by campaigning for new laws, policies and solutions.

A new website for advisors and the public and the leading source of information about services that help homeless people. You can find information on over 8,000 services across the UK, including hostels, advice and support services

Since ChildLine started in 1986, over 31,000 children and young people have phoned or written to us about running away and being homeless. These young people often call in desperation at night, from risky public places, alone, with nowhere to go. The longer they remain homeless, the more they are exposed to the dangers of street living – physical violence, sexual exploitation and drugs.

Crisis opens six shelters between 23 – 30 December offering homeless or vulnerably housed people companionship, access to essential services, learning opportunities and a programme of entertainment.

RACIAL JUSTICE

CCRJ monitors trends and developments in the field of racial justice in Britain and Ireland and in Europe. Where appropriate, it co-ordinates the Churches’ response on key issues. It enables the Churches to develop theological reflection and exploration, using various traditions and experience including those of the black and minority ethnic communities.

Our job is to create a fairer Britain and a society without prejudice, to raise awareness of your rights and implement an effective legislative framework for the future.