As you will already know, Praxis has begun making improvements to our drop-in advice over the past two or so months, as part of an ongoing and comprehensive review of how we deliver our services. From Spring 2014 we will be integrating our advice work more fully into the full range of activities on offer at Praxis. We are developing a full timetable to include group work, self- advocacy, digital inclusion workshops, DIY information and web-surfing sessions, mentoring and peer mentoring, access to healthcare, craft workshops, and more – in addition to and alongside our existing phone and face-to-face advice service.
From 6th January 2014, as a first step towards a new-look Praxis, we will be running a skeleton timetable as follows:
Form-filling session: every Monday, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm – for help completing forms relating to welfare benefits (applications and appeals), housing, asylum support and some immigration matters. Call us to book a slot during these times, either through our main reception number (020 7729 7985) or through our advice line (020 7749 7608). Please note that if you turn up without an appointment we may not be able to see you on the same day.
Housing advice drop-in: every Tuesday 10am-12.30pm
Welfare benefits advice drop-in: every Thursday 10am-12.30pm
Immigration advice drop-in: every Friday 10am-12.30pm
Phone advice: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2-4pm: 020 7749 7680
To refer someone to our service, please complete the referral form attached and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will book an appointment as soon as possible. In case of emergency, please call our advice line or refer to our drop-in service.
We would be grateful if you could circulate this information to your networks. Our services will continue to be available to the most vulnerable of migrants across London and can offer advice and information relating to asylum & immigration, housing, welfare benefits and accessing healthcare. We look forward to letting you know how our new Spring timetable will look.
Please contact Mel Steel directly with any queries at Mel.Steel@praxis.org.uk
Brighter Futures have launched 2 new videos, 'Limbo Life' and 'Time Wasting', and a petition as part of their campaign 'The Cost of Waiting'.
Here's why they're important - It's unacceptable for the UK Home Secterary to force young people to wait for years in a limbo for a decision on their immigration case. Young people should have their human rights respected- such as access to education and work- while they are waiting
The cost of waiting on young people is too high. Waiting in a limbo has a terrible impact on young people's lives, aspirations and mental health. It is a lose-lose game, where both the country and the young people are losing.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
For more information read our report on 'The Cost of Waiting' at http://www.brighterfutureslondon.co.uk/the-cost-of-waiting/
After nearly 26 months of work, Praxis and its European partners proudly present the EMAT Toolkit. The toolkit is now available on line.
The toolkit is a set of tools to help employment advisers to work with migrants and organisations which provide information, advice or guidance on employment. It is intended to support them to work with migrants who are seeking employment in their new country in the European Union. The toolkit looks at the common issues that an employment advice worker in the EU will face when working with migrant clients, regardless of where those clients have come from. It aims to provide common principles, useful resources and to promote good practice for employment advice work with migrant job seekers.
For more information visit www.migrant-toolkit.eu