See below for details of all our upcoming events and activities
NACCOM 2018 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting
‘Pathways out of destitution’
Through partnerships, provision and policy change
Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018
Location: Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX
This year the NACCOM Annual Conference focuses on promoting pathways out of destitution for people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
Join us for a day of inspiring stories, insightful perspectives and innovative approaches to addressing homelessness and destitution.
The day will also include our AGM where we will share learning and developments within the network over the previous twelve months.
Tickets start from £15 for members (early bird price until the 20th July) and £40 for non-members. There are also free spaces available for people with NRPF – please contact the office for more details.GET TICKETS TO THE 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE HERE
Plan for the day (subject to minor changes and additions)
10.00 – 10.15- Introduction from Hazel Williams (NACCOM National Director)
10.15 –10.30- Key Note Address from Mariam Yusuf
Originally from Somalia, Mariam Yusuf has been in the UK for a decade now. An advocate for the empowerment of women and children and a campaigner with WAST, she also raises awareness and campaigns on FGM. She was honoured as Woman of the Year in 2016 by the Women on the Move awards, which celebrates exceptional contributions by migrant and refugee women to UK society.
Mariam is a resident of a Boaz Trust house in Manchester, where she has been living since she became destitute in 2015, after her application for asylum was turned down. At the NACCOM conference this year, Mariam will be speaking about how people can be ‘built or destroyed’ by destitution, and how to draw strength in difficult times.
10.30 – 12.00- Workshops (see below for programme- delegates will be invited to choose workshops in advance)
12.00 – 12.30- Members’ Market – Information about Full Members of the network will be displayed on boards as part of our members market. If you would like to bring along leaflets about your work, please do so there will be some limited space to pin leaflets to the boards for others to take away.
12.30 – 13.30- Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 – Introduction to afternoon and launch of video
14.00 – 15.30- Workshops (repeated)
15.30 – 15.50- Future steps and final plenary from Julian Prior, Chair of Trustees
15.50 – 16.00- Break
16.00 – 16.30- AGM (see below for agenda)
1. Exploring Different Accommodation Models For Housing
Central to NACCOM’s mission is providing practical support to establish accommodation projects that reduce destitution. While hosting and night shelter provision has been a key area of growth in recent years the provision of housing remains vital. Led by our new Network Development Worker Paul Catterall, this interactive workshop will explore how, where and why a variety of different NACCOM housing projects operate as they do, and will help you be inspired to explore new things or develop what you are already doing in a more sustainable way.
2. Access to Justice
Accessing quality legal advice for member organisations’ guests is an ongoing struggle. Led by our National Director, Hazel Williams, this workshop will present findings from NACCOM’s national survey on members’ experiences of accessing legal advice. This will be followed by input from Hope Projects in Birmingham and Asylum Link in Merseyside with GMIAU on their solutions to enable guests to access legal advice, and Refugee Action’s Good Practice team will introduce how they can support members to develop their capacity in this area.
3. Lessons from Windrush in Championing Long-term Change
Earlier this year lobbyists and practitioners came together to campaign against the hostile environment by highlighting the suffering of people from the Windrush generation. This workshop features input from Praxis Community Projects and IMiX who were amongst those leading the campaign through media and advocacy. We’ll hear reflections on the partnerships and developments that made the campaign successful and look at what we can learn for future campaigning and lobbying work at both a local and national level.
4. Looking After Yourself
Facilitated by Mirjam Thullesen (UKCP registered Psychotherapist)
Working with people who have survived human rights violations can take its toll on you, hearing harrowing stories and bearing witness to the worst of humanity. Making sure you look after yourself is vital to ensure you don’t burn out, can continue to help those in need and enjoy life. This workshop will explore issues relating to vicarious trauma and help you to recognise how this may be having an impact on you, as well as giving you some tips on how to look after yourself.
5. Developing a Successful Hosting Scheme
Faciliated by Dave Smith (NACCOM) with input from network members including Refugees at Home
This will be an interactive workshop to enable existing projects to evaluate their operation and consider ways to improve their service, as well as help new or emerging projects to learn from others and start well. There will be contributions from Host Nottingham (a.m) and Sanctuary Hosting Oxford (p.m). Refugees at Home will explain how their scheme works (at both sessions) and NACCOM members Together Lancashire (a.m) and Share Dydd (p.m) will talk about how they are exploring local partnerships with Refugees at Home. There will also be a group session involving schemes at different stages of development.
Biographies of workshop facilitators
1- Apologies for absence from Members that cannot attend (if you would like to give your apologies please contact us to do so).
2- Chair’s report
3 – Financial report (see the annual report of accounts 2017-18)
4 – Election of trustees (Full members have been sent details about those standing for election this year. If you have not received anything please contact us).
#EndDestitution- Campaigning and Advocacy Day for NACCOM Members
We’re inviting you to help shape our strategy for the year ahead and explore new ways to evidence and campaign against destitution.
When? Wednesday October 23rd
What time? 11:30-3:30pm
Where? Union St in Sheffield (a five minute walk from Sheffield Train Station)
Guests/residents as well as workers/volunteers from member organisations are welcome to attend- please contact Lucy if you have any questions about tickets or arrangements for the day.
Plan for the day
11am- Refreshments and introductions
11.30- Exploring evidence around Section 4 delays (identified in last year’s advocacy strategy consultation as a key issue amongst members).
12.30- Evaluation of advocacy work to date on refugee homelessness, and discussion of plans around this issue in the months ahead.
1.00- Lunch break
1.30- Discussion of 2019 campaign plans towards our collective goal to #EndDestitution
This part of the day will feature an update from Zrinka Bralo from Migrants Organise, on the development of a Fair Immigration reform campaign which features calls for an amnesty for migrants who have been trapped by the UK’s hostile immigration system.
Tickets are free but to help with planning the group time and refreshments/lunch, please book on via Eventbrite.BOOK YOUR FREE SPACE AT THE CAMPAIGN AND ADVOCACY DAY HERE
Sanctuary in Parliament 2018
‘Towards a Fairer System’
Date: Monday 12th November
Location: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster
Plan for the day
12:30 to 1:30pm- Cross-party MP and refugee panel, followed by a question-and-answer session from the floor.
This will be followed by refreshments and opportunities for further discussions and lobbying in small groups.
For full details of how to reserve your ticket and invite your MP, visit City of Sanctuary’s website here.