Churches Supporting Homeless Guests: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Churches Supporting Homeless Guests: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers

21 October 2019 by Alison Tsang in Homelessness, Modern Slavery, Refugee & Asylum.

How can we support those in our homeless projects who are not UK nationals?

On 2nd October we held an evening of training and awareness on issues around our homeless guests who are refugees, migrants asylum seekers and vulnerable to falling into Modern day Slavery. Many of our guests are either migrants or asylum seekers and struggle to navigate the immigration system, meanwhile fall into hardship which causes them to be homeless. There are things which we can do - and things we need to know we CANNOT do- to help them through this.

It was a really rich evening hearing from speakers:

  • Bethan Lant from Praxis Community Projects- on how we can support those with “No Recourse to Public Funds” (NRPF) whether that is through their immigration status, asylum claims, as refugees

  • Jean Demars from the Public Interest Law Centre- on how we can support our homeless guests who are European Migrants, including their rights post Brexit

  • Dr Julia Tomas from the Passage Homeless Charity - on how we can support those who are vulnerable to being exploited in Modern Day Slavery and how we can spot the signs

We thank our speakers hugely for the wisdom and really clear information and advice they bring. For more information or a copy of their presentations please contact us!

This evening is part of our support for churches who are offering support to homeless guests through Winter Night Shelters, Soup Runs or drop ins. Our next training is on Tues 19th November, looking at how we can support our homeless guests through Universal Credit and navigating the benefit system.

More information here:

If there are other topics you would like us to offer support and training on, to help you in your ministry, please let us know!

Alison Tsang

Alison Tsang

Alison heads up Compassionate Communities for the Diocese of London, particularly leading on issues around Financial Wellbeing, Modern Slavery & Refugees, and the Climate Crisis.

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