Refugee Resource

To build meaningful lives as part of the wider community for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.

Company size Size: 11 - 20
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About us

Who we are

We provide psychological, social and practical support for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to help them heal from trauma and suffering, and to build new lives as part of Oxfordshire’s diverse community. 

How we do it:

A holistic approach:  Our range of therapeutic services works holistically together to relieve mental and emotional distress, improve well-being and empower people to connect with the local community and resources.  Our services include counselling and psychotherapy, mentoring, specialist services for women, men and young people, advice and advocacy support, a hardship fund for destitute clients and an employment service, including bursary funding, so people can access training and employment.

Client-centred: Our clients’ needs are at the centre of all decision-making. We achieve this through regular consultation with clients to shape our ways of working and service provision and via external evaluations. In 2016/17, we re-established our Refugee Advisory Board to give us feedback on our services. 

Partnership working: We work with, and through, other organisations to provide the best possible end-to-end service for vulnerable people. We take time to plan our services and talk to other providers to avoid duplication and ensure join-up. In the past 12 months, we have worked with multiple partners including: Oxford City Council, the British Red Cross, Oxford Spires Academy, Social Services, EMBS, CAB, Oxford University Museums, Emmaus, Shelter, Oxfordshire MIND, Abingdon and Witney College, Crisis, Asylum Welcome and Oxfam.

Sharing our expertise: We provide training for other organisations on mental health, and effective ways to work with refugees and migrants, to ensure our clients are treated with understanding and compassion when trying to establish themselves in the UK. In 2016/17, we trained up staff teams from the Oxford Job Centre and  Oxford City Council Housing Office, as well as professionals from educational and mental health bodies.

Our culture and values

Our Mission 

To build meaningful lives as part of the wider community for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.

Our Aim 

To relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Oxfordshire by providing psychological, social and practical support. 

Our Values

We are guided by the following values or behaviours, which we will adopt to be a trustworthy FRIEND:



F - Flexibility and responsiveness

Collaborating with stakeholders through professional conduct and engagements to deliver quality customer service.

R - Recognition of the intrinsic value of all individuals

Respecting everyone we work with, leveraging individual skills, knowledge, and contributions.

I - Inclusiveness and client-centred

Actively listening to clients' needs and concerns to consistently provide quality service.

E - Empathy and Compassion

Providing emotional support aligned with our mission.

N - Non-judgemental and non-condemnatory

Respecting clients' situations without judgment.

D - Diligence – the process we will adopt to deliver ‘Our Values.’

Regularly evaluating service delivery and implementing critical processes to achieve overall objectives.

Equality, diversity and inclusion policy

Due to our focus on working with refugees and asylum seekers, Refugee Resource has a particular commitment to equal opportunities and diversity. As refugees and asylum seekers, by definition, have already experienced discrimination in their countries of origin, Refugee Resource is committed to challenging discriminatory practices in their new communities in Oxfordshire. The organisation will take positive action to employ and make its services accessible and culturally appropriate to refugees and asylum seekers, with a view to challenging existing discrimination and social exclusion.


Enhanced annual leave

Enhanced annual leave

25 days plus bank holidays plus 3 days for Christmas Closure

Free tea and coffee

Free tea and coffee

Mental wellbeing support

Mental wellbeing support

Training opportunities

Training opportunities

Enhanced pension

Enhanced pension


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Refugee Resource £37,440 per year FTE (£22,464 pro rata) Oxford, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)
Closing 09 June 2024