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HARDSHIP FUND APPEAL
PLEASE HELP US OFFER OUR MOST VULNERABLE VISITORS FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MEET THEIR ESSENTIAL LIVING NEEDS.
EVERY DONATION, HOWEVER SMALL, WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
TO DONATE PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK:
You can read our appeal below:
Dear friends and supporters of HMSC
Haringey Migrant Support Centre has been running a drop-in since 2012 to help vulnerable migrants access free legal advice thanks to the presence of specialist immigration, welfare, housing and destitution advisers, and the hard work of advocacy and casework volunteers. In the year 2016-2017 we had 2147 visits including new and returning visitors.
Austerity measures and drastic changes in immigration law have strongly affected the situation of migrants causing a large proportion to be destitute with barely any income to rely on in order to meet basic living needs. In this difficult time, demand for our services has been steadily increasing with 779 visitors in the year of 2016-2017 and with it the demand for financial support. Among them nearly half are families with children and 45% are people who receive no income and who, consequently, have to rely on friends, families and charities for support.
Among our visitors are refused asylum seekers and people with irregular status trying to resolve their situation. Many of them have physical or mental health problems as a result of events in their home country, often intensified by their experiences here. They are not allowed to work and do not have access to benefits. Increasingly, we see people who have been granted leave to remain in the UK, but who are not granted the right to claim benefits. Over 20% of our visitors are homeless and sleep on the streets, in buses or railway stations, and 19% are destitute. Among them are whole families who find themselves sleeping in unsuitable accommodations often overcrowded and unsecured.
To help towards their basic living needs we provide our visitors with small sums of money from our Hardship Fund. Thanks to our Hardship Fund, we have been able to help many of our visitors. In one year period, we awarded 137 grants during 46 sessions, with an average of 3 grants per session, spending £2,164 in total.
However, the demand is growing and the funding we raised are no longer sufficient. In this cold winter time funds to help our most vulnerable visitors are greatly needed. Your donation will have an important impact on the life of these men, women and children.
Your gift will allow them to:
- Buy school uniforms, school meals, nappies and formula for their children
- Buy food, clothes and hygiene products for their everyday life
- Top up bus pass to attend important appointments
- Top up gas and electricity
- Pay administrative fees in relation to the work undertaken to resolve their situation
- Get phone credits in order to call their loved ones at home and receive important phone call regarding their case.
- Pay for one night in a hostel
If you are able to help our visitors and support our work, please donate to the link below. Every donation, however small, will make a difference!
Donating through Virgin Money Giving allows us to claim Gift Aid which increases each donation by 25% at no cost to the donor.
You also can send a cheque, made payable to Haringey Migrant Support Centre, to our address:
St John Vianney Church Hall, 386 West Green Road, N15 3QL.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!
The HMSC team