RISE: helping refugees to find work

RISE is a free service to help refugees find jobs.

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How can RISE help me?


With RISE, you can get:

Free English lessons

Help applying for jobs

Support from a friendly adviser

Fun events, activities and social opportunities

Help with benefits and housing

Mentoring support to help you stay in your new job

Help with other issues or problems

Who is it for?


You can access RISE if you are unemployed or economically inactive and:

Are a refugee or asylum seeker with the right to work in the UK


Have been granted humanitarian protection


Have been granted discretionary leave to remain


Have had a family reunion application approved

Not sure if you can access RISE? Contact us

Where is RISE available?

RISE is available in 10 London boroughs:

Barking and Dagenham








Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

How can I join RISE?

To join RISE or find out more information, contact Emma. Alternatively come to one of our Coffee Mornings at our Haggerston office:

Emma Smail

email: e.smail@renaisi.com

phone: 020 7033 2624

About Building Better Opportunities


RISE is supported through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF). BBO is designed to support communities, families and individuals to gain the tools and skills necessary to find and sustain jobs they value – helping them to integrate, and increasing confidence and wellbeing.

Building Better Opportunities sees the Big Lottery Fund matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 – 2020, to provide joint investment in local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Over the next few years the funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities.

Our partners

Renaisi is working in partnership to provide RISE. Our partners are:


Hackney CVS

Redbridge CVS

Bridge Renewal Trust

Enfield Racial Equality Council

Greenwich Inclusion Project

Mind in the City


Volunteering Matters

Business in the Community


Work for an organisation that supports refugees? Click here to find out how you can get involved in RISE.