Accompanying Scheme

NELMA runs an accompanying scheme for destitute migrant families with no recourse to public funds. 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. They are regularly told they cannot be helped.

NELMA accompanying 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.

We maintain a pool of trained volunteer accompaniers. We send call-outs to when we receive requests to accompany a family. We normally ask volunteers to be prepared to accompany at least once a month on a weekday during working hours.

Please complete this form if you’d like to get involved in our accompanying scheme.

At the moment we accept accompanying referrals from Project 17, Hackney Migrant Centre, Haringey Migrant Support Centre, Greenwich Migrant Hub, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Matthew Gold & Co., AFRIL, Migrant Family Action and the British Red Cross. If you’d like to start referring to us, please get in touch.