We warmly invite you to NACCOM’s Annual Conference, which this year takes place at the St George’s Centre in Leeds on Thursday October 17th.

Join us for an inspiring day of talks, interactive workshops and discussions on our collective work to support those seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants with no recourse to public funds. We’ll be sharing ideas, best practice and case studies with NACCOM members and others from across the sector on how we can more effectively work together to achieve our aim of ending destitution.

Tickets for the event are now on sale. NACCOM members can take advantage of a special ‘early bird’ discounted ticket un September 9th.

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Workshops for the event have now been finalised, and include:

Legal entitlements to Home office support for people who have been refused asylum – Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) This introductory workshop will cover the basics of access to home office support through section 4 support, the criteria for accessing it and how to appeal refusals of this type of support.

Protecting staff and volunteers from burn out This workshop will explore some of the signs of vicarious trauma and how to recognise when people may be getting burnt out. It will look at ways of managing this, looking after yourself and also look at ways in which projects can facilitate self-care into their planning.

Ensuring people who have experienced destitution have a meaningful say in developing your project Consulting with and including people who have experienced destitution in how you develop your project, is crucial to ensuring that you provide a service that is responsive to their needs. In this workshop you will hear from NACCOM members who have created mechanisms to ensure that people who have experience of destitution can meaningfully feedback their ideas and suggestions for how the project should develop.

Key issues in developing a housing project – Launching the housing toolkit Our Network Development Worker Paul Catterall will be introducing the new Housing Toolkit a comprehensive guide for charities, groups or individuals who are either considering the provision of housing as part of their offer to people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants, or are already delivering housing to one or more of these groups but want to improve, develop or diversify their current provision. Paul will introduce the key issues in developing a housing project and the additional online resources that will be available through the NACCOM library. The session will finish with an opportunity for Q&A with Paul and other experienced Housing practitioners from across the network.

Increasing access to legal advice This interactive workshop will explore the boundaries for giving legal advice, looking at what is regulated and what is not. It will give an overview of some of the different ways advice can be delivered, and what good immigration advice looks like. Together we will explore how your organisation can increase access to legal advice. We will finish by looking at the Asylum Guides project which aims to train volunteers to increase the legal literacy of people seeking asylum. Join our workshop and take away some practical ideas to incorporate into your work.

Recruiting and Retaining hosts How can you attract more people to become hosts? How can you keep them for the long-term? What will make your hosting scheme attractive? How can you put on an event for new hosts that ends with a commitment? Find out what other schemes are doing, and what really works!

Innovative Housing Models and developing new partnerships to maximise bed spaces Facilitated by Paul Catterall, NACCOM Network Development Worker, with contributions from The Malachi Project (Salvation Army Ilford) and network members Praxis Community Projects, Commonweal Housing and Enterprise Homes Group (formerly Hope Into Action). This workshop will explore the challenges in the development of some innovative housing solutions to maximise bed spaces. We hope to inspired you to explore new ideas and build effective working relationships that lead to practical support that reduces destitution.

Developing a national campaign to end destitution We want to bring about an end to destitution, and have been consulting with various organisations about developing a national coalition to campaign with this aim. This participatory workshop will update you on where the campaign talks are up to, and also seek to gather information from organisations working in the sector about what they think needs to change and how best to go about doing this.