We offer legal advice (to the Tamil Speaking public in the UK Only)
Tamil speaking staff serve you.
We have been helping the community since 1986
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About TWAN

The Tamil Welfare Association (Newham) UK widely known by its acronym TWAN is a community organisation formed in September 1986 as a self help group by Tamil refugees.  We aim to relieve the Tamil migrant community from poverty and to assist the individual refugees in their resettlement in the UK.

The organisation became company limited by guarantee in 1992 and obtained charity status in August 1995. It has been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark status by the Legal Aid Agency and also has been exempted by the OISC to provide immigration advice.

Practice Areas

ADVISORY PROJECT

Providing information and advice to the Tamil community in the UK

LEGAL CASEWORK AND REPRESENTATION

While most of our casework and representation is with regard to asylum and immigration matters …

DAY CENTRE

Every Thursday the elder members of the Tamil community meet at the Manor park community centre.

SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION

Supplementary classes for English, Mathematics and Science..

FINE ARTS CLASSES

Fine arts classes are conducted for the Tamil children.

COUNSELLING AND FAMILY ADVICE

Counselling and advice and promote reunion of broken families.

Our history

APRIL 1985

Arrival in the UK
Fleeing Tamil refugees arrive in the UK.

MAY 1986

Group formed
Inaugural meeting of the organisation was held by refugees allowed to stay.

SEP 1986

Formalised
Formally constituted as a Community organisation.

NOV 1986

Work with Newham Council
Obtained some unused premises for occupation by refugees and helped bring in many other policies for Refugee families.

JUNE 1988

Office premises obtained
Shop obtained from Newham council for office based activities.

Sep 2003

Move to 602 Romford Road

Jan 2005

Ground floor premises purchased

May 2005

Legal Aid contract obtained with Specialist Quality Mark awarded

April 2018

Purchase of upstairs premises

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2 full-time & 2 part-time staff
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Years in operation
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Families & Individuals helped each day.