OpenARMs / Asylum seeker,
refugee & migrant support

The OpenARMs (Asylum Seekers, Refugee and Migrants) Programme aims to empower guests to become independent and to build a new life in our local community. We work with each guest to develop a Personal Support Plan, which identifies their specific needs, long term challenges and personal resettlement goals. Tailored welfare advice will be provided, as well as signposting and referrals to specialist services. In addition, access to supplementary initiatives, activities and events will be arranged, building on the unique experiences and needs of the local refugee and asylum seeker community.

Through the programme, guests will access:

Tailored advice to ensure guests have access to all eligible entitlements and services available to them, such as information about their local area and key locations, GP registration, support with school admissions, NASS applications, Home Office Fee Waivers, benefits and grants applications, and referrals to specialist support services.

A programme of resettlement activities that meet the specific needs of refugee and asylum-seeking families, including conversational English classes, trips and events, mental wellbeing sessions, coffee mornings and more.

Organise and contribute to local and national advocacy efforts to promote migrant rights.

If you would like to donate funds to support refugee families in crisis, of if you would like to know more about the programme, please contact us at

If you would like to donate funds to support refugee families in crisis, of if you would like to know more about the programme, please contact us at

  • Coffee Mornings

    Our OpenARMs Coffee Morning is also back on

    Every Friday from 12.00 – 13.00 at Sufra’s main building (160 Pitfield Way, NW10 0PW).

    Open to any asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Have a chat with fellow guests, share recipes and be a part of the Sufra community – no registration required, just show up!

  • FREE English Classes

    Our ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) are back on! First session starting this Friday 15th September at 10.30-11.30. Our Accredited ESOL Teacher Anaam will be teaching the students conversational English each week. Every session is entirely free.

Supper Club

In 2022, Sufra started hosting Sufra Supper Clubs to honour the guests on our OpenARMs programme. For each event, we work with a few of the guests to curate a menu, cook the food, arrange the activities and design the night. The Supper Clubs allow the guests to share their culture and the meaning behind the food with Sufra supporters. Click the pictures below to read about each of our events:

To learn more about Sufra’s history of embracing refugees, watch our short film titled #MoreThanAFoodBank:

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