Our story

Our story

Justice First is the practical expression of our vision to create a society based on a tradition of welcome, acceptance and dignity for those who seek safety in the UK. We have been in existence since 2006 and were created in response to a recognised gap in service provision to meet the needs of people who were in the final stages of the asylum process and facing destitution. We are a unique organisation in the Tees Valley who specialise in finding solutions for people who find themselves in this situation.

We look at the whole person and support people to build resilience in often the harshest of circumstances.  Our expertise is recognised within the local community and nationally and we promote understanding of asylum issues through our wide engagement with the media, statutory bodies, faith-based organisations and the voluntary sector.

All of our services to beneficiaries are free.

We are based in the centre of Stockton-on-Tees but we deliver services across  the whole of the Tees Valley. While rooted in the local community, we influence at a national level. We have positioned ourselves as a key resource for strategic stakeholders in the North East of England and we regularly provide consultation on issues of asylum at a regional level.

We fill the gap between statutory support and legal services by achieving fair and just outcomes for those who seek sanctuary.

Last year over 60 people were referred to solicitors for legal representation and 5 families were given leave to remain following an initial refusal.

Our local Partners

British Red Cross.
Open Door.
Methodist Asylum Project.
Mary Thompson Fund.
North East coalition for Asylum and Refugee Rights (NECTAR).
Refugee and Asylum Seekers Project (RASP).
Portrack Baptist Church.
Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.
St Patrick Church drop-in.
Migrant Help.
Freedom From Torture.
Newcastle Law Centre.
Immigration Advice Centre.
Investing in People and Culture.
Cultures CIC.
Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency.
North of England Refugee Service.
Everyday Language Solutions.
Regional Refugee Forum.
Arrival GP Practice.
Haven GP Practice.