New CEO for Praxis
A message from Barbara Roche
Following from the retirement from Praxis of our long serving and well known Chief Executive Vaughan Jones, I am pleased to announce that Sally Daghlian OBE has been appointed as our new Chief Executive starting on 1st June 2014. Her appointment comes at a very exciting time as we launch our new enterprise, the Praxis Language Gym. There are many challenges facing migrant communities and Praxis is determined to continue to provide high quality and innovative services. We are confident that Sally's past experience in the refugee and migrant sector and her extremely personable manner will stand her in good stead,
Chair of Praxis
Sally Daghlian OBE was born in the UK of British Armenian descent. She graduated from the University of Glasgow 1981 with an MA in Sociology and French She began her career in social policy oriented research then worked in the field of informal adult education, community development and health before moving into the refugee sector.
Sally has 20 years' experience of refugee and migration issues. For ten years she was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, a national organisation providing services to and advocating for asylum seekers and refugees. In 2005 she was appointed Vice-Chair of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) - a pan-European alliance of refugee assisting organisations - and in 2008 became the Chair.
From 2010 she has been working as a consultant providing support to voluntary sector and not for profit organisatiions in relation to governance, strategy and fundraising. In 2008, she was awarded the OBE for services to Human Rights.
Support Praxis' staff challenge
On Sunday, 11th of May, a group of Praxis staff and friends will be participating in a Fun Run undertaking distances of 5km and 10km to raise money for the Hardship Fund.
Please show your support and sponsor us on: www.everyclick.com/praxis/info
Where will your money go?
Your sponsorship will be going specifically to the Hardship Fund which supports homeless & destitute migrants as part of the Temporary Homes project at Praxis. The Temporary Homes project was only very recently developed in 2013 to provide safety and shelter for those who have nowhere else to turn.
Over the year, it grew from having a few hosts and one property to providing housing for nearly 20 people at any one time across a network of hosting families (housing which was provided by faith communities and our own accommodation).
In our first year, Praxis accommodated 67 people including 16 children. A further 22 people were referred to local night shelters. Because homeless migrants are completely destitute, we provide them with a weekly subsistence grant, which covers the bare essentials for independent living.
How your donation will be spent:
- £20 Weekly bus pass
- £25 Weekly subsistence grant (1 Adult)
- £40 Weekly subsistence grant (1 Adult +1 Child)
- £60 Weekly subsistence grant (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Donations of any amount are welcome! www.everyclick.com/praxis/info
Important changes in our services
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 launch 2 short films and petition
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/
European Migrant Adviser Toolkit launch event
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