Meetings and Conferences

See below for details of all our upcoming events and activities

South West and South Wales Regional Hub

Date: Tuesday 22nd May

Time: 11.30– 4.00 pm

Location: Bristol (note this was originally advertised as Cardiff)

For more details, contact Rachel at BHN or Ruth at Home4U.

Plan for the day:

    • Tea and Coffee on arrival
    • Introductions and updates from each of the areas
    • Sharing hopes and plans from those of us who have received Naccom Guardian Grant funding.
    • Lunch
    • Sharing processes and procedures to learn from each other and develop best practice

Exploring Models of Accommodation and Support for Newly Recognised Refugees

Date: May 24th 2018

Time: 10:00-4:00 pm

Location: St George’s Conference Centre, Leeds

On May 24th, NACCOM is hosting its first ever one-day event focusing on accommodation and support for newly recognised refugees. The event will explore refugee accommodation models within the network and is aimed at refugee accommodation providers, both emergency and long-term, as well as those exploring how, when and if to get involved. Activities throughout the day will explore how providers can effectively meet needs, develop capacity and work with others.

Alongside workshops full of innovative ideas and top tips, there will also be an opportunity to learn more about changes to support pathways during the move-on period, with a representative from the Home Office speaking on the Post Grant Appointment Service.

Tickets for the event start from just £10, and will be on sale until the 16th May.


There are also a limited number of tickets available for people with no recourse to public funds, please contact us if you wish to know more.

Plan for the day (subject to minor changes and additions)

10.00- 10.15- Registration

10.15- 10.30am- Introduction to the day

10.30- 12.15pm- Choice of three workshops, led by experts in the field including NACCOM members and partner agencies

Session 1- Towards Strategic Solutions- How to engage with Local Authorities to prevent homelessness amongst refugees.

Input from: Julian Prior (Action Foundation), Rowenna Foggie (Newcastle City Council), Vicky Ledwidge (St Augustine’s Centre) and Cath Miller (Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council)

At the dawn of the Homelessness Reduction Act, more so than ever, voluntary organisations need to work with their local authorities to prevent homelessness amongst refugees. This session explores the benefits that can be found from joint-working initiatives, with input from Action Foundation and the Local Authority in Newcastle and St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax and the Local Authority in Calderdale. 

Session 2- Steps voluntary organisations can take with refugees after the 28 day move on period

Input from: Rossen Roussanov (Refugee Council) and Sam Forsdike (C4WS)

The period immediately after status can be very challenging and knowing how best to support people is crucial for voluntary groups helping people avoid crisis. This session explores how to offer effective support in different ways, featuring input from Refugee Council and NACCOM member C4WS, a Camden-based accommodation and support service, followed by time for discussion.

Session 3- Landlords, Lodging and Social Letting- unpacking what to be aware of and what the benefits are of becoming a landlord, being a landlord and working with landlords, including housing associations.

Input from: Paul Catterall (Open Door North East), Ros Holland (Boaz Trust), Chris Page (Arawak Walton Housing), Phil Davis (Hope Projects), Rachel Chiu (Spring Housing)

Interested in helping refugees with long-term sustainable accommodation? This session unpacks what to be aware of and what the benefits are of becoming a landlord, being a landlord and working with local landlords, including housing associations. A panel of NACCOM members and housing associations will share their experiences and answer questions.

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15- 1:45- Update about the Post Grant Appointment Service for newly recognised refugees followed by Q&A – Home Office representative

1:45- 3.30- Afternoon sessions (repeat of morning)

3:30- 4:00pm – Feedback session and final plenary


Contributors (A-Z)

Paul Catterall has served as the CEO of Open Door North East since 2009, a Christian charity providing accommodation and other services to asylum seekers and refugees with a focus on the Tees Valley. Previously, Paul worked as an integration officer supporting refugees in a local church and as a Landscape Architect delivering community and urban regeneration projects across various local authorities. Paul has served on the NACCOM steering committee since 2010 and as Treasurer since 2015, but has stepped down from this role as he prepares to take up employment as NACCOM’s full-time Network Development Worker from June 2018.

Phil Davis is Coordinator of Hope Projects in Birmingham, a charity supporting destitute asylum seekers with accommodation and legal advice. Much of the housing is provided through partnerships with housing associations and they work closely with Spring Housing. Phil has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, and since joining Hope Projects has helped sharpen its focus on a rights-based approach and brought an emphasis on challenging the flawed asylum decisions that lie at the root of much destitution.

Rowenna Foggie started her career in the field of refugee and migration integration in Glasgow in the early 2000’s, working with the Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow Regeneration Agency. She also completed an MPhil in Urban Regeneration which focused on refugee integration and the labour market. In 2007, Rowenna became the Regional Policy and Information Officer for the North East Strategic Migration Partnership and since 2012 has led on asylum, refugee and migration at Newcastle City Council. Since 2015 she has also coordinated the Local Authority’s Refugee Resettlement Programme, supporting the resettlement of over 200 refugees to date.

Sam Forsdike is the Welfare Manager at C4WS Homeless Project, a Camden-based charity in north London that supports those people experiencing homelessness secure accommodation and take the next steps forward with rebuilding their lives. Sam is part of the Welfare Team case-working with guests of C4WS’s winter night shelter and manages the Jobs Club and Mentoring and Befriending programmes. He also helped set up Home From Home, C4WS’s hosting scheme, which provides short-term interim accommodation for guests from the night shelter.

Ros Holland has worked for the Boaz Trust in Manchester for almost ten years, in a variety of roles, from Office Manager to Senior Case Worker and most recently CEO. Over the last five years, Ros has overseen significant changes in terms of the organisation’s housing provision, in terms of both quality and quantity. Boaz is currently proactively seeking to develop its housing and support provision for refugees in Greater Manchester, by working in partnership with local housing associations, which so far is offering a “win-win” for all involved.

Vicky Ledwidge is the Centre Leader of St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, the prime support charity for asylum seekers and refugees in Calderdale. Here she has oversight of the charity’s operational and strategic development and income generation. She has 20 years’ experience of running charities and major projects and is passionate about supporting marginalised people. Prior to joining St Augustine’s, Vicky worked for The Boaz Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Alpha. She is also a trustee of Solidaritech, a new charity passing re-purposed IT equipment on to asylum seekers and refugees.

Cath Miller has worked for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council for 25 years mainly within homelessness services, and currently manages the day to day running of the Housing Options Service which undertakes the statutory duty of making homelessness decisions. High on her current agenda is ensuring the Authority and its partners are up to date and working together following the significant changes the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 has brought. She holds a degree in Housing and has been a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for 10 years.

Rossen Roussanov is project coordinator for the Refugee Advice Project (RAP) at Refugee Council, providing specialist housing and welfare advice to newly recognised refugees. The front line experience gathered by RAP has been used to research and produce the Guide to Making Homelessness Applications and feed directly into Refugee Council’s parliamentary advocacy through the APPG on Refugees. Previously, Rossen worked as a caseworker for British Red Cross Refugee Services and Freedom from Torture.

Chris Page is the Operations Director at Arawak Walton, a housing association in Manchester. He started his housing career as a volunteer in a Young Unemployed Persons Housing Co-operative in Bolton 30 years ago and has been involved in regeneration projects and developing and managing housing for students, the elderly, families and for women fleeing domestic violence. Chris is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is passionate about providing affordable housing.

Julian Prior is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Action Foundation, a charity providing supported housing and community English classes for destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other excluded migrants in the North East of England. Action Foundation work closely with Newcastle City Council in their provision of refugee accommodation. Julian is also the Chair of Trustees for NACCOM and a fellow of the Westminster think-tank The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). Julian chaired the ‘Asylum Working Group’ for the CSJ that culminated in the report ‘Asylum Matters, Restoring Trust in UK Asylum System’.


NACCOM 2018 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

‘Pathways out of destitution’

Through partnerships, provision and policy change

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Time: 10-5pm

Location: Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX

Join us for a day of inspiring stories, insightful perspectives and innovative approaches to addressing homelessness and destitution.

This year the NACCOM Annual Conference focuses on promoting pathways out of destitution for people with no recourse to public funds.

Sessions will include accommodation provision, partnership working, fundraising, legal advice, self care and advocating for change.

The day will also include our AGM where we will share learning and developments within the network over the previous twelve months.

Full programme to be announced shortly.

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