RISE is a free service to help refugees find jobs.

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
  • Work support for those in employment

Who is RISE for?

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

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

Where is RISE available?

RISE is available in 10 London boroughs:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Havering
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest

Our partners

  • Redbridge CVS
  • Bridge Renewal Trust
  • Enfield Racial Equality Council
  • Greenwich Inclusion Project
  • Mind in the City
  • TimeBank
  • Volunteering Matters
  • Business in the Community

Work for an organisation that supports refugees? Get in touch with Gerrar Ahmed to find out how you can get involved in RISE.

Gerrar Ahmed

About Building Better Opportunities

RISE was supported through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is funded by the National Community 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 National Community 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.