Adviza is a passionate and committed registered charity that inspires and helps young people and adults to progress in learning and work. We are more committed than ever to support anyone finding themselves new to the UK to the very best of our ability during such challenging times.

How we help refugees 

Our team is here to support refugees who are finding their lives being affected by unforeseen, terrible circumstances.

We provide careers information, advice and employability support to those seeking work across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the South West of England.

Our support includes:

  • Writing CVs, cover letter and applications
  • Help to find jobs
  • Identifying skills and qualifications 
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Guidance in finding learning and training courses: at colleges, universities, training and apprenticeship providers
  • Careers information, advice and guidance for young people
  • Connecting with employers.

Further information and support

We work with local and national partners to ensure careers and employability support is joined up and that you can find what you are looking for easily and quickly.  

The following information/links may be of assistance: 

Oxfordshire:

National Careers Service - careers information, advice and guidance to help anyone aged 13+ to make good career choices, no matter what stage they are at in their career. Appointments available face to face at a local venue or via telephone, webchat and video call.

Asylum Welcome - information, advice and practical support to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in Oxfordshire. 

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action - a resource for asylum seekers and refugees as well as health professionals, charities and volunteers. 

Oxford University Ukrainian Society - a society which promotes Ukrainian culture and intellectual heritage within the University of Oxford who are currently fundraising towards humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. 

Refugee Resource Oxford - an organisation working collaboratively to relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire.

Aspire Oxford - employment and housing support for refugees. 

Connection Support Oxfordshire - support for refugees in Oxfordshire to overcome homelessness and achieve independence. 

Buckinghamshire:

Bucks Skills Hub - support and information for refugees seeking work in Buckinghamshire.

Skill Up Bucks - employability programme providing opportunities for people aged 17+ to meet and interact with employers across Buckinghamshire. 

Connection Support Buckinghamshire - support for refugees in Buckinghamshire to overcome homelessness and achieve independence. 

Wycombe Refugee Partnership - support for refugee families with finding rental accommodation, helping with job-seeking and registration with schools, doctors, dentists and English classes. 

Community Impact Bucks - a comprehensive resource explaining all community support available to Ukrainian refugees in Buckinghamshire. 

Marlow Refugee ActionThis group can offer support in finding sponsors for Ukrainian families and vice versa; assistance in the completion of visas, and translators and interpreters for calls with Ukrainian families. Going forward they are also looking to help people find jobs and, with the help of other organisations, support families to settle in the UK.

Berkshire:

National Careers Service - careers information, advice and guidance to help anyone aged 13+ to make good career choices, no matter what stage they are at in their career. Appointments available face to face at a local venue or via telephone, webchat and video call.

Reading Ukrainian Community Centre - a single point of contact for all essential information for Ukrainians arriving, settling and long-term living in Berkshire.

West Berkshire Ukraine Support HubThe Support Hub is open five days a week - 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Fridays. To get in touch, please call on: 01635 503579 or email us on: [email protected]

Bracknell Forest Council: Information for Ukrainian Guestsinformation about the local services and organisations that can offer support to help Ukrainian families settle in the borough. 

Slough Refugee Support - helping refugees and asylum seekers across the Thames Valley. 

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Ukraine Support - telephone support line for anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine is open Monday – Friday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-2pm. The Helpline number is 0203 514 8117 at which point you will be able to select the relevant option.

The Sanctuary Foundation - Promoting welcome and welfare for Ukrainian refugees. 

Wokingham Support for Ukraine - a dedicated webpage to keep people up-to-date on how the council and local partners are supporting Ukraine.

South West: 

National Careers Service - careers information, advice and guidance to help anyone aged 13+ to make good career choices, no matter what stage they are at in their career. Appointments available face to face at a local venue or via telephone, webchat and video call.

Somerset Support for Ukraine - support and guidance, plus what to expect for Ukrainians arriving in Somerset.

CHARIS - Christian help and action for refugees in Somerset. 

Taunton Welcomes Refugees - a charity that has come together to welcome the refugees that are living in Taunton, Wellington, Bridgwater and the surrounding area.

Devon Support for Ukraine - Team Devon working together to provide a safe and welcoming community for Ukrainian refugees.

The Bristol Refugee Resettlement Team - information about the resettlement of refugees in Bristol. You can email them directly on [email protected] for help and support.

Bath Welcomes Refugees - a charitable organisation supporting and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to Bath. 

Refugee Programme in Dorset - Dorset Council and partners working together to provide a safe and welcoming community for Ukrainian refugees. 

Help and Kindness Dorset - Here you can find out more about Dorset's local community response to the conflict in Ukraine.

Gloucestershire County Council - Ukrainian support - helpful information regarding the crisis that is ongoing in Ukraine.

GARAS - Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Cornwall Council

The Cornwall Refugee Resource Network - working across Cornwall to mobilise support of refugees and asylum seekers, both within the county and beyond.

Swindon Borough Council - support for refugees arriving from Ukraine. 

The Harbour Project - an organisation that provide advice, support, practical help and friendship, so that refugees have the best possible chance of a fair hearing, a fair outcome from their asylum claim, and a fair future in the UK.

Get in touch

If you don’t find what you are looking for above, please contact us so that we can discuss how we can support you:

UK Government Support

Free travel for Ukrainians 

Ukrainian nationals travelling to the UK are offered free travel on National Rail services, to help them get to a safe place.  

To make use of this scheme, Ukrainians will need to show a Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing their arrival into the UK. The offer is valid across all train operators in England, Scotland and Wales, and they will have 48 hours from arrival in the UK to complete their journey. 

They will also be able to use London Underground and Docklands Light Railway services if their journey requires them to travel between London national rail stations. 

See National Rail website for more information.