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Refugee Integration Service (RIS)

The Refugee Integration Service aims to provide meaningful support for all refugees who, having been granted leave to remain, need assistance to settle well into mainstream society.

Four existing service providers have formed the Plymouth Refugee Partnership. This partnership delivers the Refugee Integration Service:

  • Plymouth Access to Housing (PATH)
  • Students & Refugees Together (START)
  • Open Doors International Language School (ODILS)
  • Plymouth & Devon Race Equality Council (PDREC)

There are many aspects of the service which we group under 3 main headings:

  • Housing & Resettlement
  • Language & Learning
  • Community Engagement

This service is aimed at:

  • Syrian families arriving through the SVPR programme
  • Refugees granted leave to remain and living in Plymouth
  • New arrivals coming through family reunion

The service provides housing related support for refugees at significant stages in their journey towards integration. It aims to aid the transition from homelessness through to resettlement, assisting refugees to become safe and secure in their homes, facilitating their move from 'people in need' to self-reliant contributors in their local communities.

Access is through referral via other refugee organisations, by the client attending one drop-ins on a Tuesday morning or through self-referral. The referral form is available on the Path website.

Who to contact

01752 255200

Where to go

Students and Refugees Together (START)
Unit 4
HQ Building
237 Union Street


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