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The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!



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Camden CAB Service Legal Advice

141a Robert Street, London NW1 3QT

03444 889 626

Monday–Friday: 10am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/VKbzhh

Covers immigration and nationality and employment.

Legal advice

Caveat Solicitors

363 Ripple Road, Barking, London IG11 9PN

0203 249 1177

Monday–Friday: 9:30am–11:30am (free legal helpline - 020 3249 1179)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1CUxBNH

Free legal advice clinic on housing, homelessness, immigration etc. Freephone: 0800 050 9730.

Legal advice

Enfield Evening Advice Service

c/o Enfield Foyer, 279–281 Fore Street, Edmonton, London N9 0PD

0203 232 2135

Wednesday: 6pm–8pm (drop-in)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1w0ldNB

Initial legal advice, form-filling and guidance. Covers asylum, children, landlord & tenant issues, employment, debt, domestic violence, immigration, housing etc. Please arrive early.

Debt advice, Legal advice

Eritrean Community in the UK

The Holloway Neighbourhood Group (NHG), 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT

020 7700 7995

Map   Website: bit.ly/XjA6uy

Advice, information, support, advocacy and referral: education, training, employment/business start-ups, welfare rights, housing, immigration, health and culturally-based counselling etc.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Education/training, Legal advice, Outreach worker links

Greenwich Migrant Hub

Woolwich Common Community Centre, Leslie Smith Square, London SE18 4DW


Tuesday: 10:30am–1:30pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1UiAjYA

Drop-in advice centre offering free immigration, housing and domestic violence advice and a hot meal to vulnerable migrants in Greenwich and neighbouring boroughs.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Benefits advice, Food (free), Legal advice, Step-free

Hackney Migrant Centre

St Mary's New Church Rooms, Spenley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES

Wednesday: 10am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1DEJqd9

Free advice and support for refugees and migrants. Free immigration advice. First 40 visitors only; arrive early with documents or paperwork.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Legal advice

Iraqi Community Association

Unit 1 Cavell House, 233 Wood Lane, London W12 0HL

0207 023 2650

Monday–Friday: 10am–5:30pm (Thursday phone only)

Map   Website: https://binged.it/2rgLAOy

Advice and information for the Iraqi and Arab communities. Support and guidance for children and young people. Day centres for older people. Bilingual newsletter. Cultural and social activities.

Accommodation/housing advice, Benefits advice, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Medical/health

Kiran - Asian Women's Aid

Community Pl, 806 High Rd, Leyton, London E10 6AE

020 8558 1986

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1pl0KxD

Refuge accommodation, advice and support for Asian women experiencing domestic violence. Help with benefits, legal issues, housing, health and training. Works with women with children from the Indian sub-continent, and from Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Malaysia etc. Outreach and resettlement services, including outreach for children. Drop in or phone.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Benefits advice, Education/training, Legal advice

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Maison Pierre Chanel, 16 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE

020 7440 2668

Monday & Thursday: 11am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1n4MdkD

Immigration advice for refugees / asylum seekers; drop-in on a first-come-first-served basis, you must come early to reserve a space on the day.

Legal advice

Plumstead Community Law Centre

36 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London SE18 6PE

020 8854 8848

Thursday: 10am–12am (phone advice – immigration)
Monday: 11am–12:30am (Drop in – employment advice)
Tuesday: 10am–1pm (phone advice – employment & benefits)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1uwzAYS

Advice, casework & representation for welfare benefits, employment and immigration matters for people who live, work or study in Greenwich. Works closely with other local social welfare agencies. Outreach services at other venues.

Benefits advice, Legal advice

Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Legal Advice Centre, School of Law, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

020 7882 3931

Tuesday: 6pm–8pm (appointments only; term-time only)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1Sbx9CP

By appointment only; term-time only. Asylum, domestic violence, employment, family issues, immigration, LGBT hate crime etc. Pink law gives free and impartial advice to the LGBT community.

Legal advice

Royal Connections

The Hub Studios, 90 Monier Road (off Wick Lane), Bow, London E3 2ND

0300 111 1111

Sunday: 4pm–6pm (hot meal on 4th Sunday of the month)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1NFtjnh

Christian charity dedicated to helping people who need help. Works with other local organisations.

Accommodation/housing advice, Barber, Careers advice, Dentist, Education/training, Food (free), Legal advice, Medical/health

The Manna at St Stephen’s

17 Canonbury Road, London N1 2DF

020 7226 5369

Tuesday: 7pm–9pm
Friday: 9am–11am
Wednesday: 1pm–3pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1SNVUVU

A drop-in and key work service for homeless and marginalised people in Islington, offering food, showers, laundry (£1), pool, table tennis, singing, art, poetry and gardening alongside targeted key work appointments.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Ex-forces, Ex-offenders, Food (free), Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Step-free, Tenancy support

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT)

144 London Road, Brighton, South East BN1 4PH

01273 645400

Map   Website: bit.ly/qUcCv

BHT works in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings, with additional services in Wealden and Lewes districts, as well as elsewhere in Sussex. Its mission is “combating homelessness, creating opportunities, promoting change”. There are too many projects to list, so please visit their website for further info.

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Foot care, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Luggage storage, Medical/health, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Sexual health, Tenancy support


102–116 Windmill Road, Croydon, South East CR0 2XQ

0207 9938498

Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1oDq39n

Supports and offers supported housing to BAME women who have been through the criminal justice system, or are homeless or fleeing domestic violence. Helps with education and employment, health and benefits.

Accommodation/housing advice, Counselling, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food (free), Legal advice, Outreach worker links

Against Forced Marriage


0800 141 2994

Monday & Thursday: 10:30am–4:30pm

Confidential helpline to support people who fear being pressured into a forced marriage or are already in one. Provides information and support every step of the way. Advice in Urdu and English. Male victims are welcome to call. The helpline is FREE. Outside hepline hours, leave a message and you will be contacted. In an emergency, call 999.

Counselling, Legal advice

Asylum Aid


020 7354 9264

Tuesday: 1pm–4pm

Website: bit.ly/3RMHqB

Free legal advice and representation for asylum seekers. Phone, email info@asylumaid.org.uk or visit their detailed website.

Advocacy, Legal advice

Community Legal Helpline

143 St John’s Road, Huddersfield HD2 2FA, Nationwide

0845 2 699799

Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm

Text (07867794620 – ring back service) or email info@communitylegalhelpline.org.uk in your preferred language to get a translator if your English is not good enough to wor with the UK legal system.

Advocacy, Legal advice

Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS)

PO BOX 46199, EC1M 4XA, Nationwide

020 7253 3323

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am–5pm (advice line, closed 1pm–2pm)
Monday–Friday: 9:30am–5:30pm

Website: bit.ly/2whwSgU

Free legal advice and support to adult prisoners through a telephone advice line, letters clinic and legal outreach sessions.

Advocacy, Legal advice

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