Provides Advocacy and Befriending for Vulnerable Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Become a Volunteer Befriender

Santé works with refugees and asylum seekers who have social care/ health issues. Befrienders will help people to link to services, rebuild confidence, overcome practical problems such as language barriers, and better understand UK culture.

Find out more and download an application form here

Contact Us

Santé Project
c/o Training Link
54-56 Phoenix Rd
Phone: 020 7482 2903

About Us

Our vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to have the freedom and opportunity to lead independent lives in a community.

Our mission is to empower refugees and asylum seekers in the London region, particularly those with mental health issues, to gain equal access to health and other essential services.


ruth150Ruth Appleton launched the Santé Project in March 2005 with the assistance of Harriet Garland, former Mayor of Camden, and Helen Bamber, founder of the Medical Foundation, with whom we work closely. Since then, the Santé Project has helped dozens of asylum seekers and refugees with the difficult tasks involved with seeking asylum, accessing services and integrating into community and society. In the process, befrienders have gained valuble skills and knowledge and a greater understanding of what it means to be an asylum seeker and refugee in London. Santé Project continues to support service users through assignment to volunteer befrienders for one-to-one support, assistance and befriending.

If you know someone who might benefit from our service, you can download a Referral Application, or send Ruth an email.