Hosting Toolkit: A Resource for Hosting Schemes

NACCOM members including Homeless Link have recently launched the ‘Hosting Toolkit’, a comprehensive guide for schemes accommodating destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. The resource has been developed in response to growth in hosting provision across the UK (particularly over the last 2 years) and is designed to be a practical guide both for people exploring hosting for the first time and for existing schemes wanting to learn from others. You can find the toolkit here and partners are encouraged to share with their networks and promote on social media using #hostingtoolkit. Homeless Link have published a feature blog on their website, guest written by Vicki Harris from Action Hosting in Newcastle. You can read the blog here.

NACCOM: HOSTING TOOLKIT

A COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE FOR HOSTING SCHEMES THAT ACCOMMODATE DESTITUTE ASYLUM SEEKERS, REFUGEES AND OTHER MIGRANTS.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS GUIDE? This guide is primarily for people who are considering becoming a host, or people who are considering setting up a scheme in their area. The information in the guide has been put together from a number of NACCOM schemes, some of which have been operating for many years. It is a product of diligent research and experience…. Continue reading

Red Cross report: Can’t Stay Can’t Go

Conclusions:Life for refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned is bleak. They may be homeless or sofa-surfing, hungry or lacking adequate clothing. They may be struggling to access some form of healthcare. They are often experiencing all of these things. They currently have no, or an extremely limited, chance of regularisation of their status. Asylum support options are not accessible to them and this issue is likely to worsen under Section 95A. Without support, these people are vulnerable to exploitation and they are likely to drop off the radar, making it even less likely that they can be returned. Continue reading

Refugee Action report: Slipping through the Cracks

A report based on research from Refugee Action’s work with people seeking asylum in the UK highlighting the delays people face in the asylum support system while claiming asylum. Delays in correctly assessing people’s need for support, overturning decisions on appeal and in getting support to people have devastating consequences for people’s lives. This report outlines the changes we believe need to happen to make the asylum system fair. Continue reading

Some Key Questions on Forced Migration.

Why are people forced to migrate? The causes are many and complex.  Each persons reasons for migration are a unique combination.

One example. A couple with their two children who fled from Eritrea to Sudan, Eritrea has one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.. He is a member of a Pentecostalist church which is not registered with the state. Only Churches that are registered are allowed to practice. He went ahead of the family to seek sanctuary in the UK. His application for asylum was refused. The Home Office immigration officer did not believe he had faced persecution because of his religion. The office of the lawyer who had advised him had closed.  He lost his minimal asylum support payments and was homeless. He was forbidden to work.  When I met him he was sleeping in train stations, churches and occasionally with friends. He was under Hammersmith Hospital for diabetes.   Continue reading

Despite the headlines, people care

‘Despite the headlines, people care’ say team behind new refugee befriending scheme

Londoners are being asked to take part in a befriending scheme that matches people with spare time and goodwill, to asylum seekers and refugees who are in need of friendship

A befriending scheme has been launched to match Londoners who have spare time and goodwill, with asylum seekers and refugees in need of friendship. Continue reading