At NACCOM we are committed to working with others from across the refugee sector and beyond to achieve our collective aim of alleviating destitution.
The Strategic Alliance aims to bring together representatives from both the homelessness and refugee sectors in order to share good practice and facilitate change.
Here’s what Patrick Duce, Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager at Homeless Link and coordinator of the Strategic Alliance writes about our input:
“NACCOM’s members have taken part in the national work of the Alliance, and work closely with the SAMD to share good practice and develop their profile. NACCOM’s involvement in the SAMD has brought innovative learning and sharing of good practice with homelessness and housing agencies across England.”
We also work with City of Sanctuary, a network that encourages practical ways for ordinary citizens to demonstrate solidarity with, and support for refugees in their own communities through local voluntary music, sports, education, health and arts initiatives. It has grown since it began in Sheffield in 2005, and now has groups established or starting up in almost 80 cities, towns and villages across the UK and beyond.
Sanctuary in Parliament is an annual event that NACCOM also contributes to, organised by City of Sanctuary. Taking place each year in Westminster, this is an important opportunity for MPs and members of the public to hear real life stories from those who have sought sanctuary in the UK.
NACCOM is a member of Asylum Matters (formerly Still Human Still Here), a coalition of organisations working in partnership locally and nationally to improve the lives of
refugees and people seeking asylum through social and political change. The coalition supports the Principles of the Birmingham Declaration.