We work with the poorest and most in need, wherever they come from
NEWS: We have published a major piece of qualitative research, much of which focuses on the issues facing migrants and refugeees. Read this HERE
We are committed to anti-racist organisational practice and service delivery at Hope. Read about it here
Many of the people we see in our services do not originate from within the UK. A significant percentage of people accessing our projects, both homeless or otherwise in poverty, have travelled to the UK as economic migrants to work but experience poor housing, bad working practices, unemployment and personal issues in their lives.
The bulk of these are from the EU and many from eastern Europe, some from other places.
There are also some people who came here as refugees, or were trafficked, including into the sex industry.
Often they have no recourse to public funds, are sometimes threatened with deportation, and have no local support network. The position of many individuals like this can be desperate.
Hope does not discriminate between people in need. If someone is hungry, and without clothes, we feed and clothe them. We will continue to do so. But we also strive to offer more than just meet basic needs; to help them get jobs – as this is often the only way they can stay; to recover lost documents, to provide courses and training, address language skills and overcome addiction and other barriers.
We also provide support services and activities to help people integrate, and be less isolated (including art, cookery etc)
We will continue to develop new and expanded services for this set of service users, and we engage closely with community groups and organisations that offer local support, like the Polish Catholic Church and African and South Asian community groups, for example. This includes encouraging volunteering from those communities, the donation of specific foods, translation and help to move back, if that is what people want.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP US WORK WITH MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES? RING 01604214300