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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Annual Report 2015

The NACCOM Annual Report for 2015 has now been published and is available to download via our Resources page. On the significant developments that have taken place within the network over the last year, Dave Smith (NACCOM Coordinator) concludes: “2015 was a hugely significant year for NACCOM. Moving from an […]

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Introducing Host Oxford

We would like to extend our warm welcome to Host Oxford, one of the newest NACCOM members. The organisation was formed in March 2015 and took off in September after a Refugees Welcome demonstration attended by 2,000 people. Here, attendees were asked if they would be willing to house […]

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NACCOM Membership

All projects that are currently offering accommodation to refused asylum seekers should have now been contacted about becoming Full Members of NACCOM. Other projects and individuals are very welcome to become Associate Members. Details of membership can be found here.

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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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Lucy Smith

New communications and media post

This month, NACCOM welcomes Lucy Smith as our new part-time Communications, Media and Advocacy Officer. Lucy will be handling media enquiries and helping with access to media training. She will also be helping to develop and maintain the website and developing social media communications. Lucy says; ‘I’m really […]

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NACCOM Conference 2015

NACCOM will hold its 8th National Conference, “Working for a Better Asylum Future”, on Friday September 11th in Derby. The NACCOM Conference empowers organisations to tackle destitution amongst asylum seekers through innovative housing options and other services. This is the eighth national conference. Since its inception in […]

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Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution

NACCOM has been invited to become a member of the newly formed Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution, which brings together professionals from the homelessness, refugee and migrant sectors to work together to tackle the problem of destitution. Watch this space for information on upcoming networking and resourcing […]

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New reports on destitution

Three new reports have just been published, which highlight some of the major concerns and issues facing destitute migrants. These are important reports that will help NACCOM members to improve their effectiveness and ultimately help those who most need our help. With thanks to Sue Lukes, Ceri Hutton, Heather Petch, […]

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NACCOM officially becomes a CIO

We’re delighted to let you know that NACCOM was accepted as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on June 26th, and our charity number is 1162434. We can now plan for the future, knowing that we are able to apply to larger grant-making trusts. Our hope is that […]

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2014 NACCOM Operational Report

October 2014 2014 NACCOM Operational Report now out! Building on the original mapping exercise undertaken in July 2013 which culminated in the Report “Tackling Homelessness and Destitution amongst Migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds”, a follow up survey was conducted in July 2014. We collected data on […]

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Important Changes to NACCOM

The steering group of NACCOM, comprising nine leaders from some of the larger member groups, have decided to seek status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This will enable us to apply to larger trust funds and ensure that the work of NACCOM expands both in size and influence. […]

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Housing Management

The Boaz Trust is hosting the next NACCOM Meeting on Housing Management- please see below for details. Date: Monday November 3rd 2014 Time: 10.45 to 4.00 Location: Freedom From Torture in Central Manchester Programme: Morning: 10.45 – 12.45  Financial Modelling Tool This is a meeting for those groups working […]

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Immigration Bill

The new Immigration Bill is currently being debated. As I write it has passed the first stage. Only 18 MPs had the decency to vote against it. To me it appears to be driven by the desire to win back votes from UKIP. Some think it racist. […]

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Legal Help for Stateless People

The Liverpool Law Clinic is launching a free legal representation service to help people who are stateless to make an application for leave to remain under the new statelessness determination procedure. It doesn’t matter how long the person has been staying in the UK illegally, if they are […]

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Upcoming Meeting

Reminder: The next NACCOM focus meeting will be Friday July 12th in Birmingham from 11 am to 3.30 pm. The focus of this meeting will be the Hope Housing scheme, which includes empty properties loaned by Housing Associations and partnerships with local NHS services. Come and find out how […]

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Changes at NACCOM

Hi everyone, We held our first ever NACCOM Steering Group meeting in Manchester on January 18th. I was very impressed that 5 of the 9 managed to meet up, given that half of Britain was snowed up! Our Steering Group consists of – Dave Smith, Boaz Trust […]

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