Author Archive | Lucy Smith


Legal Advice Conference on 17th Feb

On February 17th, we will be running our first ever Legal Advice Conference.  Taking place at the Victoria Centre in Sheffield, this one-day conference will feature input from Refugee Action, Haringey Migrant Support Centre, British Red Cross and the New Evidence Support Team Leicester, Asylum Aid, Liverpool Law Clinic, alongside NACCOM Member Hope Projects. The aim […]

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Sanctuary in Parliament- 29th Nov

Please see below for information on the upcoming Sanctuary in Parliament event organised by City of Sanctuary: Bookings are now open for the third Sanctuary in Parliament event which will be in Committee Room 14, Westminster on Tuesday 29th November from 12 to 15.30.  Arrival from 11.30. Our theme […]

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Job opportunity at Host Oxford

NACCOM Member Host Oxford matches destitute asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people with spare rooms and open hearts in the local community, who are prepared to have someone to stay with them rent free for a pre-defined period of time. They are now recruiting for a Service […]

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Fatima House welcomes its first women

This summer, Birmingham-based NACCOM Member Fatima House welcomed the first two women through its doors. In an open letter, Mauricio Silva wrote: “It is with joy that I would like to announce that today, Monday 25th July, we welcomed our first two guests to Fatima House. “It has been […]

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Defeating Modern Slavery

Dave Smith, NACCOM’s National Coordinator, published the following blog this week through WriteYou: Theresa May has set out her stall to end modern day slavery. As Home Secretary she brought in the Modern Slavery Act, and as Prime Minister she is following that up with a government […]

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Changes in London hosting provision

After 20 years of service, supporting forced migrants across London and South East communities, a decision was taken at their recent AGM that NACCOM Member Spare Room is merging with London Hosting for all offers and referrals inside the M25, and with Refugees at Home for all offers and […]

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Refugees Welcome Here March- Sept 17th

Last summer witnessed a remarkable rise in public support, across Britain and the rest of Europe, for those risking everything to escape conflict. This was demonstrated by the Refugees Welcome Here march which took place in London last September. This year, as world leaders prepare to meet to discuss […]

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Spare Room celebrates 20th anniversary

Spare Room for Forced Destitute Migrants has been finding hosts since 1996. It began as Wanstead Friends Refugee Support Group. Members felt moved to offer hospitality in their own homes. After many hostile changes in Immigration Rules and the ongoing refugee crisis people all over the UK have been moved […]

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Job vacancies across the network

This month there are a number of job vacancies being advertised across the NACCOM Network- please see below for further information: Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre is recruiting a Communications Officer- find out more here. LASSN is recruiting a Project Support Worker- find out more here. Host […]

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Coventry Migrant Women’s House Launch

Coventry Migrant Women’s Houses is a small project that has started up in the last few months. Thanks to Sarah Taal (Trustee) for the following update, and to Kate for the insight into her journey: ‘Coventry Migrant Women’s Houses is a small project to alleviate destitution of asylum seeking and […]

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APPG Inquiry – Refugees Welcome?

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees recently launched an inquiry into the experiences of refugees in the UK (including those who have been resettled here and those who have sought asylum here). To respond, we will draft a submission on behalf of members, and then circulate it for […]

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Update from Host Nottingham

Thanks to Gemma at Host Nottingham for this update about their work over the last few months… ‘We have one new host who has joined us and who is already hosting. We have met with 5 people who are interested in hosting which is great and we hope this […]

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Greenbelt Festival

In just less than one month, NACCOM will be packing up and heading off- to Greenbelt Festival in Kettering for the August bank holiday! Greenbelt is an arts, faith and justice festival and we’ve got an information stall in the G-source marketing area where we will be helping people find […]

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Action Foundation

Action Hosting launches this month

Newcastle based organisation Action Foundation has been developing its hosting scheme and they are now recruiting their first volunteer hosts, with an Open Evening on Tuesday 26th July. The scheme will be helping destitute refused asylum seekers in the Tyne and Wear area. Further information can be found at: […]

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New online directory from

Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) are launching an online directory of services for refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. The website which is called gathers details of over 175 different places that asylum seekers and refugees can find help in Leeds, from food and shelter to legal advice […]

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Job opportunity at St Augustine’s Centre

St. Augustine’s Centre in Halifax has been working with diverse communities for over 40 years providing support, sanctuary, community and information. We are looking for a Finance and Office Administrator (Maternity Cover) who will have responsibility for providing financial and administrative support to the Centre Leader, and working with staff and […]

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Update from NICRAS

Here is a update from Justin Koame, Chair Person at NICRAS, the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers, which became a NACCOM Member earlier this year. How does NICRAS work? ‘NICRAS was established in 2002 by the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), and […]

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Runner up in Britain’s Best Volunteer Award

NACCOM would like to extend its congratulations to Lucy, Project Coordinator at Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH), who was recently announced as the runner up in a national competition, Britain’s Best Volunteer. The competition, run by insurance company Markel, sought to highlight the work of community members […]

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