Why do we run this service?
Access to computers and a basic ability to use the internet help asylum seekers and refugees to understand better their rights and the opportunities available to them in Oxford. It enables them to communicate with lawyers, search for housing, complete schoolwork and apply for jobs, so that they are able to re-establish a normal life. Access to Skype meant they can keep in touch with family and friends far away, while the internet allows them to read news or listen to music from their own country. Getting paid work helps refugees use their skills and feel part of the community.
Who is this for?
Access to computers and IT help is available to all asylum seekers and refugees.
Jobsearch support is for those with the right to work in the UK – normally those with UN Refugee Status or Leave to Remain.
How to find out more
Contact our Welcome Centre. Computers available when the centre is open – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Expert help with computers is available on Wednesdays.
What does the service offer?
- Access to computers for internet searches, SKYPE, email and for writing and printing letters, CVs etc.
- Help from volunteers with computer skills who teach asylum seekers and refugees how to make best use of computers.
- Support for those who struggle to use computers because of limited English language skills.
- Assistance for those seeking and applying for jobs, for example giving feedback on job applications and helping with online submissions.
- For young asylum seekers and refugees, assistance with homework using computers.
- For young asylum seekers and refugees, guidance on safe and appropriate use of social media.
Who are our partners?
We refer refugees to ASPIRE for further advice on accessing employment.
Asylum Welcome is in discussion with voluntary organizations within the OAAST partnership (Oxford Advice Agencies Stronger Together) to look at ways of jointly expanding services for job-seekers from disadvantaged groups.