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Cost of Living Hub Community Support Project for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants

We are excited to share that our community-led endeavour has received backing from the prestigious National Lottery Community Fund.

Welcome to the official project page of the London Advocacy Cost of Living Hub Community Support Project for Asylum Seekers, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Our mission is to promote the social integration of the immigrant communities in Greater London, improve their educational opportunities, and empower them with skills and qualifications for a better future.

About London Advocacy (LA)

London Advocacy was established with a vision to create a supportive environment for asylum seekers and immigrants, particularly those affected by the economic and social issues including ongoing cost of living crisis. Many individuals have recently sought refuge in the UK due to political instability in their home countries, and they face challenges in legal, financial, and emotional aspects of settling in a new country. Language barriers and lack of knowledge about available resources further compound their difficulties.

The Cost of Living Community Hub

The Cost of Living Community Hub is an innovative project designed to address the unique needs of recent asylum seekers and immigrants who are disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis. Our project aims to provide comprehensive support through the following services:

  1. Legal Advice: LA’s in-house solicitors offer one-on-one sessions to guide individuals on contacting local offices, explain government regulations related to the cost of living crisis, and provide legal support.
  2. Economic Guidance: LA’s Business team keep individuals informed about current legislation, economic packages, and local business updates. This information is disseminated through various channels, including a community WhatsApp Channels, Zoom seminars, and face-to-face consultancy hours.
  3. Information and Workshops: LA’s communication team regularly provides up-to-date briefs on cost of living crisis-related matters and conduct information sessions and workshops.

Our Impact and Vision

We envision running the Cost of Living Community Hub for at least one year, starting from March 2023, with the possibility of extension based on demand and funding. Our extensive network of community members already benefiting from LA’s services ensures the smooth flow of information between service users and beneficiaries, mitigating the negative effects of the cost of living crisis.

The project’s core focus is to support disadvantaged recent asylum seekers and immigrants who are most vulnerable to the cost of living crisis. With a combination of face-to-face and online sessions, telephone support, and workshops, we aim to alleviate anxiety, depression, and other psychological effects of the crisis while fostering resilience and hope.

Collaborative Efforts

We are proud to collaborate with more than 15 dedicated volunteers and local organizations, including local community organizations, Local Mosques, training centres, and local businesses. These partnerships enable us to provide well-coordinated support to meet the growing demand from migrant communities.

Our project is not only a lifeline for those in need but also a stepping stone towards a stronger, more inclusive society.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of asylum seekers and immigrants facing the challenges of the cost of living crisis.

How can you support our Hub?

We appreciate your interest in getting involved with the Cost of Living Hub Community Support Project for Asylum Seekers. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by the cost of living crisis.

Here are several ways you can contribute:

  1. Volunteer Opportunities: We welcome volunteers who are passionate about making a positive impact. Whether you have legal expertise, business knowledge, communication skills, or simply a desire to help, there are various roles where you can contribute. Volunteers may assist with legal advice sessions, conduct workshops, help with communication and outreach, or offer administrative support. Your time and skills can greatly enhance the services we provide.
  2. Workshops and Training: If you have expertise in a relevant area, consider leading a workshop or training session for asylum seekers and immigrants. Workshops could cover topics such as legal rights, financial literacy, job search strategies, language skills, and more. Your knowledge and guidance can empower individuals to navigate challenges more effectively.
  3. Donations and Fundraising: Financial contributions play a crucial role in sustaining and expanding our project’s reach. Your donation can support resources, materials, workshops, and other essential services. Additionally, organizing or participating in fundraising events can help raise awareness and generate funds to support the project’s objectives.
  4. Spread the Word: Help us raise awareness about the project and its services. Share information about the Cost of Living Community Hub on social media, within your community, or among your networks. The more people know about the project, the more individuals we can reach and assist.
  5. Partnerships and Collaborations: If you represent an organization, business, or community group that aligns with our mission, consider partnering with us. Collaborative efforts can amplify our impact and reach a wider audience, ensuring that more asylum seekers and immigrants receive the support they need.

To express your interest in getting involved or to learn more about specific opportunities, please contact us at info@londonadvocacy.org or visit our website at https://www.londonadvocacy.org/contact-2/. We will provide you with further details, discuss available roles, and help match your skills and interests with the needs of the project.

Thank you for considering joining our cause and helping us create a more supportive and inclusive community for asylum seekers and immigrants in Greater London. Your involvement can have a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve.

How can you get support?

You may be eligible to receive support in the “Cost of Living Community and Wellbeing Hub” project if the following criteria apply:

  • Immigrant Status: Individuals with immigrant status, including dependents, asylum seekers, refugees, visa holders, or those with other approved pathways, are welcome to join our sessions.
  • Specific Benefits: Additionally, individuals receiving certain benefits are encouraged to join our community and benefit from the valuable resources and services offered.

Location: Our Community Space at Trafalgar Square.

London Advocacy Cost of Living Community and Wellbeing Hub (#6)

Our Cost of Living Community and Wellbeing Hub is Flourishing, Powered by The National Lottery Community Fund.

 

To register for the HUB and initial consultation, please provide the following details:

Complete this registration form to reserve your place and get support!

For further information, please contact LA main office or info@londonadvocacy.org