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.
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 (NRPF) 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 email@example.com. 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.***