English Classes (ESOL)

ESOL Classes For Adults

Paiwand offers Free ESOL classes to help people study, find work and speak more confidently. The course helps people to learn to communicate through speaking, listening, reading and writing.

By studying with Paiwand, you'll gain a recognised qualification and can move through the levels as your skills improve.

You can join a Paiwand ESOL course if you're a resident or seeking asylum in the UK.

Find a course near you:

At Edware, Harrow
Entry 1: Thursday 6-8pm
Entry 2: Saturday 10am-12noon

For more information or to book on to a course, email info@paiwand.com or contact our team on 0208 905 8770

Youth Advocacy


Our youth advocacy service supports young people to be heard and empowered.

We will advocate for and with you in as many areas as we can
- such as assisting with gaining accommodation, access to entitlements such
as training and education courses, welfare benefits, and help with the
immigration process. Assistance can include explaining processes, filling in
forms, and advocating for entitlements and services with local authorities
and landlords. We will also support young people at age assessments.  If you
need help and you're not sure if we can assist you - please contact Emily on
emily.underwood@paiwand.com or 02089058770 and we'll be in touch.


Emotional Wellbeing

Culturally sensitive therapeutic support

Paiwand offers individual therapeutic services which respect, and work with, the cultural and linguistic needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Importantly, we provide people with the opportunity to be heard and receive help in their own language, where possible, or in English. We provide talking therapies in Dari, Farsi, Pashtu and English.

Our purpose is to help refugees and asylum seekers to feel empowered to deal with their psychological difficulties by providing specialist counselling, psychotherapy and support.

Some people prefer not to see a therapist because of feelings of mistrust, guilt, shame or embarrassment about what has happened to them, but also due to the intensity of feelings when talking about their experiences. In response to this we have set up psycho-educational community activities which get the community together in a setting where they can learn a new skill, and access support.

Paiwand’s Appointment Line: 0208 905 8770 (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm)

Paiwand’s Support Hubs:

To get free one-to-one support and advice, phone us to book an appointment at one of our clinics below.

Paiwand Afghan Association, 3rd Floor, Middlesex House, 130 College Road, Harrow HA1 1BQ

Greenfields Children Centre, Recreation Road, Southall, Ealing UB2 5PF

Edgware Primary School, Heming Road, Edgware HA8 9AB
Tuesday 12.30pm-4pm

Information & Advice

Call Paiwand’s Appointment Line: 0208 905 8770

We have been helping refugees, asylum seekers and migrants for 15 years. We are a charity, run by and for this community so we have first hand experience of the specialist support our friends need. Our trained and professional community advocates give people free advice on housing issues, welfare, debt and immigration.

For example:

  • Assisting with filling in forms, translations, phone calls as well as referrals to other specialist organisations and solicitors
  • Offering advice about, and help applying for, welfare benefits, loans and grants
  • Supporting people to find suitable housing and resolving problems with existing housing
  • Helping to resolve disputes with debt agencies
  • Providing immigration advice, including applications for travel documents and for indefinite housing and benefits
  • We also provide free workshops to people who would like to be empowered with the skills to overcome the above issues on their own, and support their friends and family too.

Paiwand offers information and advice in Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic and English

Paiwand’s Support Hubs:

To get free one-to-one support and advice, phone us to book an appointment at one of our clinics below.

Greenfields Children Centre, Recreation Road, Southall, Ealing UB2 5PF

Whitefields School, Claremount Road, Barnet NW2 1TR

Paiwand Afghan Association, 3rd Floor, Middlesex House, 130 College Road, Harrow HA1 1BQ

Supported Accommodation


A place to call home for young refugees alone in the UK, with some extra help

Paiwand’s Supported Accommodation service helps unaccompanied minors and former unaccompanied minors aged 16-21 to gain the life skills required to transition into adulthood.

We have three Supported Accommodations across NW London, collectively housing up to 20 young men. Each resident is assigned a Paiwand key worker who works closely with their social worker and other professionals to support the young person’s progression through their pathway plan.

These houses become ‘home’ for our residents, not least because of the support and care they receive from Paiwand staff, and the friendships they make with other residents. Our residents have differences in nationality, language and religion, all of which are recognised and celebrated through our work.

We offer a range of support and workshops through a tailored care plan which focuses on four key development areas:

  • Developing independence and key life skills
  • Health and well-being
  • Education and future planning
  • Learning about British culture and systems

We also provide support to vulnerable asylum seeking residents going through a daunting immigration system.


What Residents Say

I love living here, my best friends are here and my key workers understand me.”

"I’ve met people from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran – and more places too! We have different food, different culture, different skin colour. We are friends"

"When I arrived in the UK I didn’t know if I should trust my key worker. I was nervous and confused but she was so friendly and made me feel brave. Now, when new boys come and live with us they ask ME for help"



Uniting A Community Through Mentoring

Young refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants have often experienced trauma, war, separation from home and relatives, and often arrive in this country unaccompanied after travelling through several other countries over many months.

These experiences make them more vulnerable to academic underachievement, social exclusion, gang and criminal activities, radicalisation, mental health and emotional struggles.

Our team of committed volunteer mentors act as positive role-models for young refugees living in NW London. Our strategy is focused on working with local volunteers to empower young people to define and make positive steps to reach their own goals. We currently have three streams of mentoring support:

  • Schools: mentors meet in school settings and provide academic mentoring
  • Community: mentors focus on integration, wellbeing and adjusting to UK life
  • Employability: mentors provide practical careers guidance and motivation

Become a mentor and make a big difference to the life of a young refugee or asylum seeker. Contact mentoring@paiwand.com for more information.


Youth Groups & Trips


Being a young refugee or asylum seeker in London can be an isolating experience. At Paiwand, we have a host of activities designed to bring young people together.

Our regular programmes offer young people an opportunity to build new friendships, improve confidence, learn new skills and increase aspirations. We do this through weekly groups and one-off trips, including:

  • Weekly Girls Groups
  • Weekly Boys Groups
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Drama club
  • Life skills workshops (sexual health, nutrition, budgeting, mental wellbeing, drugs)
  • Residential trips
  • One-off trips (climbing, bowling, museums, cinema, aquarium, Brighton and more!)

We aim to lower the risk of social isolation for young people, and support them to become engaged and happy individuals.

If you want to refer a young person to any of our activities, please contact theo.fox@paiwand.com or fill out the form below.


Saturday Schools

Paiwand’s Saturday Schools are designed to inspire a love of learning in underachieving children, empower parents to gain new skills and foster happier communities.

500 children a year who are behind in their mainstream school, blossom in our smaller, nurturing Saturday School environment. Maths and English lessons are delivered by qualified teachers, as well as enrichment activities and mother tongue classes.

We deliver our inspiring education programme in partnership with a network of 15 schools across Northwest London. The engagement of our partner schools enables us to react swiftly and effectively to the needs of children and develop systems that work in the Saturday Schools.