About Us

CLEAR stands for “City Life Education and Action for Refugees” and has been a project of City Life Church since 2001 when Southampton became a dispersal city for asylum seekers and refugees. For more than 20 years, CLEAR has supported people through the asylum-seeking process and helped them rebuild their lives and integrate into the UK

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The Need

It is difficult to imagine a group of people whose lives have been as comprehensively destroyed as asylum seekers. They arrive here usually with only the clothes on their backs; traumatised by persecution or military conflict in their home country or by the circumstances of their journey to safety. On top of this, there is the sense of uncertainty, insecurity and loss – of country, family, status, career or property.

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Partnerships

Advice in Southampton is a partnership of high-quality accredited advice, information and guidance services for Southampton residents. The current partners are Citizens Advice Southampton, CLEAR, Age UK, No Limits, the Environment Centre and SEND ISS (provided by the Rose Road Association).

We work together to provide a seamless service between generalist and specialist advice services, so the people who need our help don’t have to repeat their story to get the support they need.

All our services provide free, confidential and impartial advice.

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We are part of the FIAP provided by Refugee Action and set up to help organisations provide accurate, good quality advice to vulnerable migrants. Without it they face injustice and destitution.

FIAP train advisers and help organisations to register with Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), then we continue to support them in their practice.

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Avenue Multicultural Centre (AMC)

AMC is a longstanding partnership between CLEAR, British Red Cross, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) and Avenue St Andrews church. The partnership delivers a multicultural drop in service for asylum seekers and refugees each Friday.

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Our vision is to see churches increasingly playing a major role in welcoming, loving and supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, both through practical action and as a voice for justice, so they can integrate, flourish and play a full part in society.

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Our vision is for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church.

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City of Sanctuary is a national movement with the vision that everywhere in the UK will become a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. CLEAR was a founder member of City of Sanctuary Southampton Group.

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Funders

We are so grateful for the support of the following organisations: