NE Rise

North East Refugee Integration Support and Employment Programme

Open Door North East supports newly recognised refugees to establish themselves after they have received a positive decision on their asylum claim within their 28 day notice period across Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, Darlington) through the NE RISE programme.

NE RISE is open to anyone who has been granted Refugee Status and/or equivalent leave to remain in the UK in the last 18 months. If ODNE is not able to assist you, you find out who can here

Refugees must be willing to take active steps towards securing work. Unfortunately, this programme cannot help you if you came to the UK by resettlement or family reunion. 

NE RISE can help with Housing, Employment and Community Integration. 



When refugees leave their asylum accommodation, support workers from ODNE will help find them a new place to live. 


NE RISE Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP) advisors, delivered by World Jewish Relief in partnership with ODNE, will provide personalised employment support for refugees, enabling them to gain sustainable employment. 

Community Integration

A NE RISE integration coordinator from ODNE will support refugees as they settle into a new community, navigate UK systems including access to benefits and opening bank accounts, and form connections locally. They will also provide more general support based on refugees' interests and aspirations.