CULTURALLY SPECIFIC ORGANISATIONS
(see also our list on Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers)
This list includes a range of services, mainly in Hackney, that can offer support and advice to families and members of specific communities, including African Caribbean, Turkish, Kurdish, Afghan, Latin American and Irish adults, children and families. You can find this and other lists at https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/additional-support-in-hackney/
Offers range of free services to Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Kurdish communities.
Mental health service: bi-lingual face-to-face or telephone counselling/individual support intervention or zoom (webcam) sessions. 07956495427 Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00
Health advocacy service: bi-lingual health advocacy service at 13 different GP surgeries. To make an appointment/enquiry call 07921327476 Fridays 09.30-1300
Advice service: Telephone advice Mondays 13.30-16.30; Wednesdays 09.30-13.00; Fridays 09.30-13.00 07921327476
DAY MER COMMUNITY CENTRE
Advice and information services on welfare, health and housing needs for Turkish, Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot, and Alawite communities 020 7275 8440
HACKNEY CYPRIOT ASSOCIATION
Long established community centre for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, running a lunch club and offering an advice service. 5 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4AX 020 72547920
CLAUDIA JONES ORGANISATION
Range of services for African Caribbean heritage women and families, children and older people, including family support, violence against women and girls, therapeutic interventions, and practical and emotional support in areas such as school exclusions, welfare and food poverty.
0207 241 1646 Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00 email [email protected]
Drop-in Tuesdays 09.00-11.00 and Thursdays 14.30-17.00
AFRICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Runs a range of affordable and sometimes free accredited educational and training programmes, plus a summer school and a Saturday school. Aimed at 5-16 year olds, adults and families. Programmes include revision classes, tuition, youth programmes, parenting classes, sport and cultural activities.
0207 9238 350 / 07484 356541
WOMEN’S INCLUSIVE TEAM (WIT)
Supports Black and ethnic minority communities mainly in Tower Hamlets but also in Hackney, through youth programmes, education support, women’s empowerment projects and mental health support.
BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC FAMILY COVID-19 HELPLINE
Barnardo’s helpline for young people aged 11 and over. Provides emotional support, practical advice and connection to other organisations who can provide further help.
0800 151 2605 Mon-Fri 13.00-20.00
Helpline for people experiencing a mental health crisis 0800 151 0023. Open 24/7
BEERSHEBA LIVING WELL
Community organisation providing peer support for BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee) people living with or at greater risk of type 2 diabetes
Call 07972 603026
Mental health services for the Black community of Hackney.
Call 07554 451296 or 07515 575664, Mon/Thurs/Fri 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00; email [email protected] or fill out a referral form at
HACKNEY CHINESE COMMUNITY SERVICES
28 Ellingfort Road, E8 3PATelephone 020 8986 6171
Services include but not limited to health advocacy, welfare advice, a lunch club for older members, classes, outings and events. You need to pay £10 a year to access their services. 020 8986 6171
NORTH LONDON MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTRE
66 Cazenove Road, N16 Telephone 020 8806 1147 (Extension 2)
Runs a nursery, children’s centre, youth service, lunch club for older people, and advice and advocacy service on welfare benefits, housing, debt etc
Drop in service Mon, Wed, Fri; appointment only Tues/Thurs 14.00-18.00
HALALEH TAHERI (Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation)
Advice on housing, benefits, domestic violence, mental and physical health, LGBTQI issues and more. Advice workers speak Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Turkish and English.
IMECE WOMEN’S CENTRE
Support for Turkish, Kurdish, Cypriot Turkish women and Black, Asian, refugee and migrant women experiencing financial and emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, rape and other sexual abuse, harmful practices (namely forced marriage, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence and FGM), as well as trafficking for sexual exploitation and prostitution. Currently offering phone support only.
0207 354 1359 Mon-Fri 09.30 – 17.30
Help for Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan women and girls who are living in the UK. They can speak Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, and Turkish and give confidential advice on issues including domestic violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation, separation and divorce, child custody, housing and benefits.
0207 920 6460 Mon-Fri 09.30-17.30
KURDISH AND MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN’S ORGANISATION
Free advocacy and signposting on wide range of issues including domestic abuse, mental health, employment, housing, debt and immigration.
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S AID
For Latin American women and children escaping gender-based violence. Offers advice and support, a creche, English classes, counselling and services for children and young people.
0207 275 0321 09.30-17.30, Mon-Fri
AGUDAS ISRAEL COMMUNITY SERVICE
Gives help with claims for benefits, immigration and employment as well as general advice to the Charedi community. Helpline 020 8800 6688
Offers support, facilities and services to relieve the effects of sickness, poor physical and mental health and old age, for people of the Orthodox Jewish community in North London. 020 8800 7575 09.30-17.00 Mon-Thurs; 10.00-12.00 Fri
For Black, minoritized and migrant women and families. Services include welfare, advice and advocacy for offenders in prison; reintegration assistance and support for people in detention and those released from immigration removal centres; community resettlement support for ex-offenders; and identification of potential victims of trafficking.
020 7697 4120
IRISH ELDERLY ADVICE NETWORK
Helpline: 020 7428 0471 10.00-16.00
LONDON GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS
Provides an accommodation and advocacy service; adult training in literacy, IT and practical skills; activities and training for young people.
call 0208 533 2002 or e-mail [email protected];
Mildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, N16 8NA
KANLUNGAN FILIPINO CONSORTIUM
Support for Filipino, Indonesian and Vietnamese migrants with restricted and/or no access to recourse to public funds, including groceries and essentials. Services include support for victims of gender violence, exploitation, employment, immigration, mental health and wellbeing, advice and referrals.
0203 893 1871
Provides support and advice to vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have been or are at risk of being disowned due to abuse or persecution. This could be partially or wholly as a result of forced marriage, potential, perceived or real threats and acts of domestic abuse, honour-based abuse; dowry violence, sexual identity or other forms of cultural conflict.
Urgent enquiries 0844 504 3231
SUPPORT SERVICES IN HACKNEY
Comprehensive list of voluntary and community support in the borough.