Support for Chagossians/Useful Links

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UK Citizenship

In November 2022, the UK government launched a new British nationality route for individuals of Chagossian descent. It allows them to become British citizens free of charge, and to build their future in the UK should they wish to.

The Home Office is working with ‘We Are Digital’ to help you with your application if you need assistance. Please follow the link:

We Are Digital:Chagossian Registration Route

Support and Enquiries for Citizenship Applications from Gov.UK

Apply for British citizenship as a person of Chagossian descent

Apply by post for British citizenship as a person of Chagossian descent

How to apply for British citizenship as a person of Chagossian descent

Nationality and Borders Bill: Chagossian Nationality Factsheet

Relocating to the UK: Gov.UK Advice

Moving to the UK: Guidance for Chagossians

British citizens of Chagossian descent: pre-departure information pack

British citizens of Chagossian descent arriving in the UK: information pack

Applying for a family visa (spouse/children)

Support for Chagossians: How to get UK Government Support

Chagossian Support Package projects list

Citizens Advice is an independent organisation specialising in confidential information and advice to assist people with legal, debt, housing, consumer and other problems in the United Kingdom

Citizens Advice website

Citizens Advice Crawley

The Orchard, GLENEAGLES COURT, 1-2 Brighton Rd, Crawley RH10 6AD

Citizens Advice Manchester

Face to face access in Manchester

Crawley Borough Council is a district council responsible for some public services in Crawley including housing, council tax, waste and recycling, community development and community facilities, business development

Crawley Borough Council website

Crawley Borough Council: Chagossian Community Pages

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is a county council responsible for some services in West Sussex (including Crawley) like education, social care, libraries, roads and transport

West Sussex County Council website

Crawley library

West Sussex Register Office (Crawley)

Sussex Community Foundation provides funding for local projects in Sussex addressing poverty, community cohesion, wellbeing, health and the environment. It has a fund to support Chagossian community groups and projects in Crawley and Sussex.

Sussex Community Foundation: Chagossian Fund

Social prescribing links patients with non-medical support to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. It can help people with nutrition, housing, employment issue, and much, much more.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including those:

  • who are 18+
  • with one or more long-term conditions
  • who need support with anxiety or depression
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially. 

Rehabilitation or Mental Health Assistance

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a wealth of resources and information about addiction and mental health issues. It also provides a helpline that offers immediate assistance to those struggling with addiction or mental health in West Sussex. They offer a comprehensive directory of treatment centres throughout the UK, making it easier for those in need to find help near them.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in West Sussex | Rehab 4 Addiction