North London Action for the Homeless Annual General Meeting
You are cordially invited to our Annual General Meeting at St Paul’s Church Hall, London N16 7UE.
Monday 3rd December 2018
7.00 pm (for a prompt 7.30 start)
The evening will consist of:
The election and re-election of trustees
A chance to meet volunteers, supporters and people involved with the drop in.
Please let us know if you’re planning to come,
The NLAH Team
North London action for the Homeless serves over 200 free vegetarian meals weekly to anyone who needs it. We’re open Mondays and Wednesdays and based at St. Paul’s church West hackney.
Recently we’ve had a big increase of people and therefore are looking and volunteers (and donations). If you’d like to donate or volunteer, please read below and email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking for a volunteer who could do 15 min work for us on Saturday mornings, a couple of times a month, at the fire station at growing communities HQ.
We’re also looking for volunteers who’d be happy to help us tidy up / wash up at the end of our meals on Mondays, from 1pm to 3pm.
We run a garden project twice a month on Saturdays from 12 to 4pm (next to Growing communities Farmers Market). We are looking for people who’d like to volunteer and work side by side with our regular gardeners.—————–DONATIONS:We need uht milk, tins of chickpeas / kidney beans, olive oil, cheese, biscuits as well as deodorant, socks, underwear and razor.
Saturday 14th July
Saturday 28th July
Saturday 11th August
Saturday 25th August
Saturday 8th September
Saturday 22nd September
From 12 to 4 pm.
If you’d like to join, please email: email@example.com
Donations of food to North London Action for the Homeless are gratefully recieved to help us continue to cook delicious and satisfying three course vegetarian meals on Mondays and Wednesdays.
At the moment, we really need:
- Long Life milk
- Squash (orange and blackcurrant)
- Vegetable stock
Donations can be brought on Mondays (10 am to 2 pm) and Wednesdays (5 pm to 9 pm) to St Paul’s Church West Hackney. We use the entrance off Evening Road.
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our garden project, Evering Road Kitchen Garden, has been going for nearly 8 years.
We’re changing things slightly with a more explicit focus on well-being. The process of being in the garden and the relationships formed through it have always been more important than what we actually produce. We feel making this clearer will assist people in understanding what the garden is about. As part of this change we now have a mental health support worker for the project.
A key priority in the garden is to ensure everyone who comes feels welcome and safe. We have also realised that some of our gardeners really enjoy and require one-to-one assistance when doing some activities.
In light of this we’re looking for 2 volunteers to assist at each session and specifically do one to one work with those who need it.
So wether you want to come to just one session, or come regularly, please email:
We garden the 1st and the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 12 to 3 pm.
Come to our fundraiser! Saturday 9th December, 4-11pm. Live music by Art Terry and friends.
Mulled wine, mince pies, etc.
RUBY HOUSE, 76 STOKE NEWINGTON RD, N16 7XB LONDON
Three of London’s largest homelessness charities (St. Mungo’s, Thames Reach and Change, Grow, Live – formerly known as Crime Reduction Initiative) are collaborating with the Home Office to have EU rough sleepers detained without charge and removed to their country of origin purely on the basis that they are rough sleeping.
Since November 2015 the Home Office has considered rough sleeping an “abuse’’ (or, more recently, a ‘‘misuse’’) of EU Treaty right to freedom of movement. This change of policy has effectively criminalised EU nationals who are sleeping rough, making them liable to be served with removal papers or taken to detention centres and deported.
Why this is wrong
Local authority-commissioned street outreach teams from St. Mungo’s, Thames Reach and Change, Grow, Live patrol alongside Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams and share the locations of European nationals sleeping rough, circumventing the requirement that clients consent to their personal information being shared. In some cases, they ‘refer’ individuals to the Home Office without their consent. The involvement of local councils and homelessness charities in immigration raids on rough sleepers is symptomatic of the extension of border controls into all aspects of civil society in the UK.
The change in the Home Office’s guidance means that even someone with a job or permanent resident status can be detained without charge and removed to their country of origin. Many of those affected by this divisive new policy have lived in the UK for years, usually working and paying tax. They end up on the streets due to harsh welfare rules that limit their entitlement to benefits. Some rough sleepers may also have substance use or mental health issues.
Apart from believing that homelessness is not a crime, we believe that the Home Office is targeting some of the most vulnerable people in our society—people who should be supported, not criminalised.
We call upon St. Mungo’s Broadway, Thames Reach and Change, Grow, Live to immediately:
Stop participating in enforcement actions that involve the detention and removal of EU nationals rough sleeping;
Advocate on behalf of rough sleepers and against the government’s attack on EU nationals;
Provide rights-based advice for EU nationals sleeping rough, referring out to legal agencies where necessary, e.g. complex welfare benefits or immigration cases;
- Begin investigations to ensure the welfare of those currently in detention and all those returned.