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Family Refugee Support Project (FRSP)

FRSP is a counselling service for asylum seekers and refugees living in exile having survived trauma and persecution. It provides therapeutic work with adults in families. Work in the garden/allotment is integral to our therapeutic work.

Clients find healing through the therapeutic use of horticulture. Practical support and signposting to other services helps clients gain independence through engagement in education, employment and integration with the host community.

Clients will receive the following once accepted on the programme:

  • Access to growing space/land for between one and three years
  • Weekly counselling whilst working on the land
  • Horticultural advice and guidance
  • Access to practical support (this includes; support in securing legal advice, education and training, benefits and asylum support issues)




Who to contact

Contact Name
Jason Ward
Contact Position
Director/Senior Counsellor

 Who we work with:

  • Clients who meet the project referral criteria
  • Clients who have complex difficulties and a need for longer term counselling. As the  project’s resources are limited, people who may benefit from shorter-term therapeutic work, or who can access or are accessing therapy elsewhere will not be accepted on the project.
  • Where there is a waiting list, priority will be given to people who have limited access to other support due to mental health needs, asylum status, language barriers and childcare needs.

Who we don’t work with:

  • Clients who are receiving ongoing counselling elsewhere
  • Single people without children
  • People who are not refugees or seeking asylum
  • People who are unable to commit to weekly sessions
  • People who have not experienced trauma
  • People who do not require long-term counselling

Where to go

Family Refugee Support Project
Toxteth Town Hall
15, High Park Street
L8 8DX

There is a wheelchair accessible toilet and Induction loop available.

Other sites are used by the project for gardening and counselling work.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
by appointment
Time of day

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details


Who can refer?

  • Any professional working with the child or parent
  • Self referrals (Anyone making a self-referral should be aware the assessment process will involve contact with the family G.P. where there is one, and / or other health professionals involved with the family)


Referral Criteria

  • Potential clients must be either refugees or people seeking asylum and a member of a family with a person under 18. Family may be defined in terms of strongly supportive, long-term roles and relationships between people who may or may not be related by blood
  • The project is for families where one or more individuals experiences mental health difficulties that seem linked to their experiences of being a refugee/as such as severe mood disturbances, severe symptoms of the psychological effects of trauma or severe psychosomatic symptoms that interfere with their  functioning to the extent family relationships are affected
  • We would not normally see individuals with psychosis unless under a psychiatrist or previously assessed and referred by a psychiatrist. We might refer to a psychiatrist or other health professional for further assessment if concerned about an individual’s health. This would not necessarily prevent ongoing work with FRSP
  • Potential clients will be assessed on their interest in improving relationships and functioning in the family
  • Potential clients will be assessed on their capacity/willingness to attend weekly for therapeutic support and work on the garden


Other notes

We provide interpreters to all clients requiring language assistance.


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