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 Wednesday 17th April 2019 from 19:00-21:00 at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH.
NELMA volunteers 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 emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend, could you please send us a paragraph outlining (1) your availability between 9-5 on weekdays and (2) your reasons for wanting to become an accompanier. 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.
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 email@example.com and we will arrange an alternative training for you as soon as we can.
If you’d like to get involved in other NELMA activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get involved with our current campaigns.