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



Ruth 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 valuable 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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the Befriending page.

Office address

Sante Project Training Link 54-56 Phoenix Road London NW1 1ES

Sante Project is a Community Interest Company. Registered Number: 07577787