Author Archive | Lucy Smith


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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St Augustines Centre

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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Sanctus St Marks

Stories from Sanctus

Earlier this year, Sanctus, based in Stoke-on-Trent, joined the NACCOM Network. We recently caught up with the charity’s director, Rev. Sally Smith (below right), who shared some stories from the project so far. Sally writes: ‘Sanctus was officially launched in June 2014, and then registered as a […]

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Job opportunity at FODI in Sunderland

Friends of the Drop-in for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (FODI) in Sunderland are seeking a PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKER.  This is a full-time post, funded for two and a half years but we will seek to continue thereafter. Full details and application pack are available on the FODI website. […]

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Community Integration Awards

Nominations are now open for the Community Integration Awards, a new initiative celebrating striking examples of integration work in the UK. Sponsored by Migration Work CIC, nominations are invited for projects in communities across the country, but please note nominations close on Thursday 5th May. Email with your nominations, which are open […]

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New houses at One Roof Leicester

NACCOM Member One Roof Leicester have recently gained two new houses for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. They are currently in the final stages of preparing the leases and getting the keys, after which they hope to start furnishing and where needed carrying out repair work on the properties before moving residents in. Salma Ravat […]

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Welcome Boxes

Welcome Boxes Training dates

“Before you, no one knock my door. Now I feel I have family and support.” A Welcome Box recipient. Set up by Derby-based Upbeat Communities and supported by the Cinnamon Network, Welcome Boxes represent a practical way for churches to get involved with refugees and asylum seekers in their […]

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‘I am here, I am human’

NACCOM would like to extend our warm congratulations to Mariam, a Manchester-based Somali asylum seeker who won the Women on The Move Awards in March.  Nominated by NACCOM member Boaz Trust, Mariam recently said of her experiences: “If we did not speak out, no one would know what happened to us. It’s important […]

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St Augustine's Centre Halifax

Hosting scheme develops in Calderdale

For a number of years, destitute asylum seekers and refugees have been hosted on an ad-hoc basis across Calderdale, but following a preliminary meeting in January, NACCOM Member St. Augustine’s Centre has produced a hosting guide and is looking at ways of developing the scheme and recruiting […]

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Welcome to our new-look website

We would like to say thanks to our friends at Totaal for developing our new-look site, which launched this week. Here is a quick guide to what you can find: Get to know more about the team at NACCOM and the work we do via the About us page. Find […]

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Hosting Takes Off

Since September and the refugee crisis hitting Europe, there has been a upsurge in the offers of accommodation in spare rooms across the UK. Although many of these offers were specifically for Syrians, and often in rural areas where there are no asylum seekers, nevertheless it has […]

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