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. Regional events have been taking place over the last year in key locations around the UK. Find out more about this work by clicking here
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 also a member of Still Human Still Here, a coalition of over 6o organisations campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK. The coalition believes that the current policy is inhumane and ineffective and is urging the Government to:
- Provide asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute with sufficient support so that they can meet their essential living needs until they are returned to their country of origin or are given permission to stay in the UK;
- Provide free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the UK;
- Grant asylum seekers permission to work if their case has not been resolved within six months or they have been refused, but temporarily cannot be returned through no fault of their own;
- Improve decision making and ensure that all those in need of protection receive it.