In 2016 NACCOM’s trustees and staff undertook a review of the network’s activities and developed a strategic plan and vision for the next four years. Below are the details of this vision and activities and the values that underpin them.
At the same time the combined effect of poor administration of the asylum and immigration system and frequent legislative change by successive UK Governments since the nineties has resulted in a rise in destitution. Policy has increasingly sought to create a hostile environment for asylum seekers and migrants who have no clear documentation to prove their right to remain.
Trustees and staff recognise the need for NACCOM to develop capacity to support its growing network of members.
This strategic plan sets out our vision, aims and objectives for development, and outlines a process for the organisation to become more effective and sustainable in the short, medium and longer term.
It also sets out staffing and resourcing requirements and a timescale for development including succession planning for the founder and current coordinator, Dave Smith.
NACCOM is committed to bringing an end to destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds living in the UK.
NACCOM exists to promote best practice in and support the establishment of accommodation projects that reduce destitution amongst asylum seekers. In addition, they may also support migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and / or refugees facing barriers to accessing affordable housing.
It does this by:
- Providing networking opportunities to encourage, empower and connect members
- Sharing knowledge and promoting best practice to provide pathways out of destitution
- Working with others (including those with lived experience) to raise awareness of destitution and campaign for a just and humane asylum system
- Gathering and disseminating data on the scale of destitution and positive outcomes achieved by members
- Enable members’ capacity to increase in order to accommodate more clients, and encourage growth of NACCOM membership, particularly in dispersal areas where there are no NACCOM members. We aim for members to be collectively housing at least 1,000 refused asylum seekers a year who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) by 2020 and at least 2,250 homeless asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants with NRPF a year by 2020.
- Develop support to member organisations, to become more sustainable and professional, by encouraging and sharing good practice as well as promoting and supporting partnership working.
- Improve data gathering from members to provide key stakeholders, influencers and decision makers with information that highlights the extent and effects of destitution, as well as the success of NACCOM members in achieving routes out of destitution.
- Empowering members’ clients to tell their story so that, working in partnership with other organisations, the human face of destitution has a raised profile.
We will achieve these objectives by engaging in the following activities;
- Encouraging and supporting the set-up of new / small projects or organisations to increase provision of bed spaces and support for asylum seekers and migrants with NRPF.
- Identifying and promoting good practice standards across the NACCOM membership, by producing and sharing resources, including via the member’s area on the website, and running training and capacity building events for member organisations.
- Supporting members to gather data on the extent of destitution and on their work. NACCOM will compile this data, ensuring it is robust and ready to be used to influence public opinion and policy making.
- Commissioning evaluation, advice or other work for the benefit of member organisations and their clients.
- Running an annual UK national conference as well as regional focus group meetings.
- Developing and implementing a communications strategy to promote the work of NACCOM and its members, disseminate case studies and good practice.
- Building relationships with sympathetic funders/social investors to channel capacity into NACCOM and its members.
- Engaging with strategic partners and networks to ensure collaborative working where appropriate and shared learning across the wider homeless and refugee/migrant sectors.
A thirst for justice
Collective working within and beyond the network
Shared resources, knowledge, ideas, expertise and best practice
Commitment to excellence
Openness and transparency
Empowerment for refugees and asylum seekers with lived experience of destitution