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North East Refugee Integration Support and Employment

Information and support for newly recognised refugees in the North East of England

We help to prepare, inform and support refugees with housing, community integration and employment. 

North East Refugee Integration Support and Employment – NE RISE – is a service for newly* recognised refugees across the North East of England. NE RISE delivers support across Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.

Our mission is to support Refugees and their families build the foundations for a stable and happy life in the North East of England. We help Refugees to secure suitable housing, find employment and integrate into the wider community. 

How will joining NE RISE help you? 

Can I use this service?

*The NE RISE programme is open to anyone who has been granted Refugee Status and/or equivalent leave to remain in the UK in the last 18 months.

You must be willing to take active steps towards securing work.

Unfortunately, this programme cannot help you if you came to the UK by resettlement or family reunion.


Please ask us about other help you can get.

In addition to the partners below, we work with many local councils. Local councils represent the local community and are responsible for public services in the area. They work to improve the quality of life which local residents experience. They also work to provide better services which are needed locally. This includes services in areas such as health & social care, housing, schools, jobs & careers, environment, leisure etc.

The Other Perspective is a community interest company focussing on integration and employment support for refugee and asylum seeker communities, making best use of the education, skills and knowledge of each individual, to help them prepare for work in the UK either as an employee or through self-employment. 

Our success is built on:

  • established links with local businesses 

  • excellent connections within grassroots refugee communities and 

  • the lived experience as refugees of our workforce 

The North of England Refugee Service is a charitable organisation which works to meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived or have settled in the North of England. NERS acts to create positive change and improve the everyday living conditions of asylum seekers and refugees. It facilitates integration and equal participation within British society, for refugees’ immediate and long-term needs.

Open Door North East is a charity, founded on Christian values, serving asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire. We provide a range of services supporting the wellbeing and integration of those seeking sanctuary in the UK including housing (for both new refugees and accommodation for refused asylum seekers), benefits advice, asylum support casework and other holistic support services. Our mission is to support those seeking sanctuary to move out of poverty and destitution and be empowered to achieve their full potential.

World Jewish Relief is the British Jewish Community’s international humanitarian agency. It was established to rescue refugees from Nazi Europe in 1933, and today is committed to helping refugees rebuild their lives, particularly through the Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP).


STEP provides personalised, one-to-one support for refugees in the UK, enabling them to enter regular and sustainable employment. The bespoke programme is adapted to each individual's needs and helps refugees gain language skills, qualifications and training, as well as practical support to find and apply for work. STEP began in 2016, and now works in a range of locations across the UK.

Gateshead Council represents the local community in and around Gateshead, UK. Focusing on providing local services and supporting local residents, it works alongside various service providers and partner organisations to improve the quality of life for those in the area. Services include functions in areas like health & social care, housing, schools, jobs & careers, environment, leisure etc.

Supporting Organisations

Bridges Outcomes Partnerships is a not-for-profit social enterprise. It works with Government, community groups and specialist partners to create more collaborative, more flexible services. BOP partnerships support people across ages and circumstances to help improve their lives. 

The North East Migration Partnership (NEMP) provides strategic leadership and local support across the North East region. It is hosted by Middlesbrough Council. NEMP works with national, regional and local partners to ensure that the region can deal with, and benefit from, migration. 

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