NELMA Solidarity Hardship Fund

As NELMA, we believe that “No Recourse to Public Funds” (NRPF) is a form of state produced and enforced destitution, causing hunger and homelessness, and trapping people in conditions of exploitation and violence. The impact of NRPF is only made worse by the current coronavirus crisis which disproportionately affects Black and Minority Ethnic people, who make up the majority of those negatively affected by NRPF. The coronavirus lock down is making it even more difficult for people with NRPF to ensure that they have adequate food and shelter for their families. We don’t believe anyone should have to make terrible choices between social distancing for health reasons or accessing food, shelter, or work to survive. Increased and unpayable debt is not a solution.

Marginalised migrants, and the communities and grassroots organistions they are a part of including NELMA, should not have to step in to redress the destitution created by the UK’s NRPF policy. However, we recognise that this is an urgent emergency situation. We have set up a solidarity hardship fund for our members / volunteers, especially those who are undocumented or have NRPF.

We continue to call for the NRPF condition to be scrapped in its entirety and for the government to set up an emergency fund that supports EVERYONE in the UK to have adequate shelter, food, and other costs of living, regardless of their immigration status.

The NELMA Solidarity Hardship Fund is a one-time support of £30 available for NELMA members and volunteers on request. Contact with your name and bank details.

Accompanying scheme training session – 28 March 2020

NRPF state violence

NELMA runs regular training sessions for new volunteers for our accompanying scheme, which provides solidarity to migrants accessing support from social services.

The next training session will run on Saturday 28 March from 12:00-14:00 at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH.

NELMA volunteers typically accompany parents who are requesting support from social services due to homelessness and/or destitution. Unlawful local authority ‘gatekeeping’ of support for families with no recourse to public funds is systemic. Families seeking support often encounter intimidation, aggression, racism, and misinformation. Our accompanying scheme is about solidarity, and providing emotional and practical support. Local authorities often behave aggressively and disrespectfully towards families in need. Often the intent is to wear people down. It can really help to have another person there.

***Places are limited so please book in advance by filling out this form If you haven’t booked in advance, please don’t turn up unannounced.***

NELMA is a grassroots network run by unpaid volunteers and we need to make sure we are using our limited resources in the right way. We ask that you only sign up for the training if you have a genuine interest in accompanying and have some availability in the week between the hours of 9am-5pm, even if only once a month/occasionally.

For more information on the accompanying scheme, see this page
You can read our manifesto on our website

Note on disabled access: MayDay Rooms currently only provides ambulant disabled access, and all the rooms are accessed via stairs. We regret that, despite our efforts, we were unable to book a more accessible venue for this training session. If the access restrictions will prevent you from joining this session, please get in touch with us at and we will arrange an alternative training for you as soon as we can.

Join Nelma’s Free School Meals Campaign Picnic – 20th July

Lunch is not a luxury!
Join nelma’s free school meals campaign picnic

Saturday 20 July 2019 | 1pm–4pm | Rain or shine!
Clissold Park, in the green space across from cafe, close to the entrance across from St Mary’s Church. If it is raining, you can find us inside the church!

free food and drink / children’s activities / speeches / pay what you can NELMA free school meals campaign t-shirts and badges available on the day / learn about NELMA/ get involved

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Accompanying scheme training session – 6 June 2019

NELMA runs regular training sessions for new volunteers for our accompanying scheme, which provides solidarity to migrants accessing support from social services.

The next training session will run on Thursday 6th June 2019 from 19:00-21:00 at DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF.

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NELMA’s local victory in Hackney: A great start, but not enough

NELMA’s campaign calling on the government to provide free schools for all children who need them launched on 29 September 2018. Speaking in solidarity with the campaign, several local leaders have since publicly committed to help change the discriminatory rules that deny many children who are living in poverty a decent meal in school. This is happening because they have no access to benefits due to their parents’ immigration status.

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