“Over the last 18 months we have started to become involved in the asylum sector. During this time NACCOM has provided us with invaluable support. Paul [Network Development] has been alongside us throughout the process of our introduction to the sector, and from the conception to successful outcome of our Comic Relief bid. The strategic support from NACCOM has enabled us to build relationships with partners, understand the wider policy landscape, draw on their expertise of best practice within the sector and rely on their support to manage complex partnership relationships. It has been particularly helpful when Paul has supported us through challenging conversations with partners, even if that has meant taking on the challenge on our behalf, allowing us to maintain vital partner relationships. Throughout this time NACCOM has been a consistent support and key asset to developing our collective work, so much so, that members of the devolved Government invite them to partner meetings and call on them, via us as members, for their expert advice.” ~ NACCOM member

“NACCOM is the (often invisible) backing that enables us to continue to feel confident in what we are doing. Getting to know other agencies and how they work is essential for us to develop and grow effectively. We’ve really learnt so much from other NACCOM member organisations and this has helped us to be confident and competent! Without the backing of NACCOM it is true to say we would not still be here. We would not have believed we could do it without the strength of the whole of NACCOM cheering us on!” Rachael, Bristol Hospitality Network

“We have a better voice as an affiliate of NACCOM. We share resources and information. Being a member of NACCOM has assisted us in addressing destitution in the asylum system and highlighted a national issue which is not being considered seriously. It has also been left to voluntary organisations who are strong when they are part of a big movement like NACCOM.” Reyhan, CAST Southend

“NACCOM is always encouraging and it’s good to know that even a small effort is part of effective efforts to bring change to people whose lives are among the most desperate; to hear of good news around the UK keeps hope alive and keeps things in perspective; to know others struggle with the same difficult issues; to know NACCOM is always willing to help deal with problems and someone will probably know what you need to know. … and … as a member, having to evaluate the years work. Thanks NACCOM!” Ruth, HOME4U, Cardiff

“Being a NACCOM member is really beneficial to us as we know we are not alone in this challenging and often capacity limited sector. We have found it really helpful to call other NACCOM organisations for help and get all the help and assistance we need. In situations where the referral is in a location where there is a NACCOM member we have often spoken to them on whether they accommodate or further assist a client who might be moving away from Nottingham.” Shingai, Host Nottingham

“Being a NACCOM member comes with a great wealth of benefits – the opportunity to build connections across other organisations doing similar work and learning from one another. I really appreciate the ability to pick up the phone and ask questions – whether it be about advocacy asks, or whether another member organisation has come across a particular situation before and how they have handled it.” Megan, Jesuit Refugee Service, London

“Access to knowledge, learning, workshops, support networks and resources. The fact that all of this is tailored to NRPFs and we can learn from experience of others and not make the same mistakes. We were not providing accommodation to failed asylum seekers prior to coming to a NACCOM event and finding out more about how we might be able to make it work.” Matthieu, Hope into Action Black Country, Wolverhampton

“We value being part of a network of like-minded organisations, working together to share information, resources, ideas and experience to bring about an end to destitution among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. Being part of NACCOM brings with it a host of benefits including networking, training and peer learning, which has helped us shape our provision and develop high-quality services to those we are working with.” Andrew, Upbeat Derby

“We are kept informed of developments, we can share information and pick up on new ideas.” Ewan, Asylum Link Merseyside

“Sharing practice, learning from others, able to ask questions and get answers from more experienced members, support and encouragement, training and networking opportunities.” Cath McGee, Refugee Survival Trust