We offer a range of support through our activities, asylum support worker and befriending service.

Our office is open Tues, Wed and Thurs 10am – 4pm


Wednesdays 1.00pm to 5.30pm

Drop in service from 1pm, offering a rotation of support each week from our food bank, clothing bank (in partnership with Sharewear) advice drop in and a monthly meal.

Weekly English conversation tables and lessons from 3pm

Regular activities and workshops.

Refreshments each week and food as often as we can!

Cooking Together

Monthly cooking group the fourth Wednesday of the month, mixed group male and female.

Women’s Group’s

Tuesday mornings at The Vine Community Centre, 10.30am to 12.30pm.  A varied programme of activities, a safe social space for asylum seeker and refugee women.

Good Neighbour

A befriending project of Nottingham Rainbow Project.

We want to tell you about our exciting befriending project. We have befrienders who have been trained and are able to support participants with conversational english, accompaniment, signposting, finding volunteering opportunities, accessing local community groups, and more.

One-to-One: One to one befriending for an agreed period of time, weekly sessions.

Typically befrienders meet befriendee’s weekly for anything between 3-6 months, going out and about around Nottingham. They have a small allowance to cover any costs for tea/coffee, activities and/or travel. Getting out and about promotes knowledge and awareness, grows confidence and empowers participants to discover their city and community. Befriending improves English speaking and provides opportunities to speak English, meet new people and communicate with confidence. We also encourage participants to find volunteering opportunities. 

Short / One off:  For accompaniment  to reporting, hearings, appointments.

We are also offering one off / emergency accompaniment to reporting for nervous or first time reporting requests, hearings, solicitors, GP’s and hospitals. We have seen the impact of how going with someone can make appointments and journeys like these more positive for our participants.

An Example: Mary was due to move house and began meeting one of our volunteers a few weeks before her moving date. They met a few times before our volunteer accompanied them to Housing Aid and also helped transport her belongings. Mary felt supported and less isolated as a result. 

How does it work? We accept referrals and make contact with the referrer and referred client. We explain the project to the potential participant and if they wish to proceed we make a amtch. Our coordinator facilitates the first meeting with the match and provides support throughout the befriending relationship. 

Resource Friends:

Join our resource friends mailing list for opportunities to provide resources as and when we have needs. This may be your time to do some DIY,  cleaning, gardening, it may be to donate food items or clothing to ShareWear, donating to the hardship fund.

Food Parcels

We provide food parcels for asylum seekers and refugees that contain some basic food items and toiletries. We can accept referrals.

Information, Advice and Guidance

Our asylum support worker can provide information, advice and guidance for asylum seekers and refugees. We may signpost to other organisations for certain things. We can accept referrals.

Cooking with the windmill gardens

A post shared by rainbow project (@nottsrainbow) on

Get our Rainbow Project Referral Form