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Stronger Communities Middlesbrough

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Welcome to Middlesbrough

"Welcome to Middlesbrough, a city with a rich and dynamic history and culture, built on migration. Middlesbrough is home to friendly people and offers a lot of opportunities in terms of employment, education, and leisure. This makes it a great place to live and work, and to raise a family.

The information you will find on these pages will tell you about the services and support we offer to our asylum seeker and refugee community. We also invite you to explore the rest of our website to learn more about the council's services and departments, and find out how our town's government operates.

Finally, we hope that the following pages will also be an opportunity for you to become involved in our town. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, and we always encourage community participation in any issues that matter to all of us."

- Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough has a reputation for being friendly, warm, and welcoming, and for offering everybody a real sense of community. We have lots of activities all year long that celebrate our cultural diversity, and we really try to get the people of our town involved in telling us what they like and don’t like. We hope that the following information will make you feel welcomed and home.

You can contact Stronger Communities Middlesbrough by emailing if you have any questions.

What does Stronger Communities Middlesbrough offer?

Asylum support

We support people in Middlesbrough who are seeking asylum, and work closely with the Home Office accommodation provider, Mears.

We support people seeking asylum to report anti-social behaviour and hate crime.

We also work closely with asylum-seeking mothers and babies. We support them with regular coffee mornings, registering with a library, taking part in activities led by voluntary organisations, and more.

Our asylum support guidance includes information about where you can get help, and getting a decision on your application for asylum.

Specialist training and employment programme (STEP)

The specialist training and employment programme (STEP), part of NE Rise, offers refugees support to find employment.

Find out more about the specialist training and employment programme.

Afghan resettlement

Stronger Communities Middlesbrough delivers the government's Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). The team helps people arriving from Afghanistan to adapt to life in Middlesbrough, and become part of the community.

For more information about Afghan resettlement, contact Stronger Communities Middlesbrough by emailing

Ukraine response

Since the war in Ukraine started in February 2022, the people of Middlesbrough have opened their hearts and homes to those fleeing the country. The team works with those arriving from Ukraine to help them settle into Middlesbrough.

Find out more about Middlesbrough's Ukraine response.

Living in Middlesbrough

If you're living in Middlesbrough, we have lots of information to help you settle in. This includes things to do in Middlesbrough, and how to get around on public transport. It also includes information about how to stay safe and report crime.

Find out more about living in Middlesbrough.

Mental health support

We know that events around the world might be making you feel more upset, scared, or angry than usual. It's just as important to look after your mental health as your physical health, so we've put together a mental health support package to help. It includes links to websites where you can get help and advice, and apps you can download onto your phone to help with your mental health.

Contact us

You can contact Stronger Communities Middlesbrough by emailing if you have any questions.

Feedback about the service (read feedback we've had from people and organisations we work with).