West London Welcome is a free weekly drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and is the first of its kind in the area. The centre caters primarily to individuals and communities who have settled in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and neighbouring parts of the city. We were set up by local people active in Hammersmith’s Refugees Welcome Group, and opened our doors in January 2018 thanks to the generous provision of a wonderful space from the Hammersmith Quaker Meeting House.
We know that it takes time to find a way to belong, especially after leaving one’s own country under traumatic conditions, so we strive to give people that time. We work together to build a safe, positive experience of community where strangers can become friends. The centre provides a warm space for people to come in out of the cold, have a cup of tea and socialise, learn English, share ideas, get advice, and escape often chaotic accommodation and isolation.
The Centre is open every Thursday from 9.30am-4pm, except during school holidays. No prior registration is required to drop in.
The drop-in centre offers:
- A safe social space. Refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants will find warmth, shelter and companionship at the centre. We aim to reduce the isolation people often feel while living in chaotic housing arrangements and with little structure in their lives.
- A wide range of classes, activities, and support:
- English classes
- Book club
- Exercise, including yoga and meditation
- Advice from lawyers on immigration and housing
- Advice and signposting to other services on employment, further education, and psychological support
- IT training
- A hot lunch. Refugee chefs from Welcome Kitchen serve everyone free, delicious food at lunchtime.
West London Welcome is a registered charity: Registered Charity Number 1183261