We’re volunteering to support refugees in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Welcoming refugees

We’re Refugees Welcome in Richmond (RWinR). Since 2015 we’ve been responding to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers who settle or pass through Richmond in London.

Our volunteers provide befriending and language support to help people to settle into the community and access services they need. We’re always looking for more supporters to join us.

We work alongside Richmond Council’s Resettlement Team to supplement the support offered by caseworkers.

We’re also finding homes in the Borough for people fleeing crises, conflicts, or persecution around the world. We urgently need more rental properties. In collaboration with the Council, we’ve developed a package of commercial benefits for landlords.

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, we have a dedicated subgroup to support refugees from there and local residents hosting them in Richmond upon Thames.

Ways to volunteer

Richmond OpenStreetMap

Finding homes

Let your property on favourable terms and help us bring more refugees to safety.


After safety checks and training, join our welcoming party and make new friends.

Weekly food collection


Fundraise, donate items or your time, and help refugees in our neighbourhood.


Latest news

  • The Night Before Christmas (Ніч перед Різдвом)

    Thanks to the Ukrainian Social Club and Orange Tree Theatre for hosting a wonderful live performance of The Night Before Christmas (Ніч перед Різдвом) on Sunday 11th February. Based on a 1932 short story by Mykola Hohol and set in an 18th century Ukrainian village, this classic fairy tale follows a poor blacksmith and the…

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  • 23rd Feb, 7pm: Ukrainian music, poetry and dance at St Mary’s Church, Twickenham

    Richmond’s Ukrainian Social Club invites you to a charitable evening of classical music, poetry and dance at the “Ukrainian Evening of Invincibility” from 7pm on Friday 23rd February at St. Mary’s Church, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ. The programme features familiar pieces by Chopin and J. S. Bach, as well as Ukrainian composers, Lysenko, Barvinsky and Hulak-Artemovsky,…

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  • Sleep workshops in Farsi for ten weeks

    Richmond and Hillcroft Community College is offering free support workshops for Farsi speakers starting from 10 January for ten weeks, every Wednesday between 3-4pm. Thanks to Refugee Action Kingston for organising. Book via SMS text message at 07754 856 932.

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