Dear friends and colleagues
Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Praxis Community Projects to be held on Thursday, 6th November 2014, at 6.30pm in the Praxis Hall, Pott Street, London, E2 0EF.
The Annual Review of the year 2013-14 will be made available at the meeting. The AGM gives members and stakeholders the opportunity to hear about Praxis’ work and meet with other members of the organisation.
Prior to the formal business of the AGM, Nick Scott-Flynn, will deliver a presentation on ‘Migrants, Vulnerability and Destitution’, outlining the challenges faced by the migrant and refugee sector as well as the solutions needed to respond. Nick Scott Flynn has many years experience of working with refugees and migrants, he has worked for the British Refugee Council and the British Red Cross and is now an independent consultant. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.
We would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance to Habiba.Begum@praxis.org.uk by no later than the 31st October 2014.
Chief Executive Officer
Praxis wins 2nd Prize in the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2014
Praxis are delighted to announce that our Temporary Homes project won 2nd prize in the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2014. The awards are funded by the London Housing Foundation, Shelter and all of the London boroughs. London Councils runs the awards on their behalf.
Praxis' Temporary Homes supports vulnerable homeless migrant individuals and families with immigration support needs and/or No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) from outside the European Union. Emergency accommodation is provided as a means to resolve immigration issues and thereby unlock housing pathways. As its name indicates, the project provides temporary accommodation, mostly between 6 weeks and 3 months, although some limited placements are set up for up to 2 years. The project is transitional in nature with a very high level of positive outcomes. The project also provides a home rather than basic shelter in self-catering accommodation, with volunteer hosts or faith communities.
For more information on the Awards visit the Andy Ludlow Awards website.
Celebrate Human Rights Day with Praxis
Praxis together with the community groups we work closely alongside will be coming together once again to celebrate Human Right Day on 10th December 2014. Praxis sees this as an important opportunity to raise the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The evening celebraton will include a special programme including music, dance, poetry, exhibitions and food from around the world.
Date: Wednesday 10th December 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Venue: Praxis, Pott Street, London E2 0EF
If you would like to be involved or attend please contact Carlos Gomez at Carlos@praxis.org.uk or on 020 77497628.
Brighter Futures Plan Next Campaign
Our weekly self-advocacy group for young people is busy planning their workshops and activities for the next year. Brighter Futures will be using their wealth of skills and creativity as young leaders to improve the quality of life for others who face similar obstacles, as well as creating a safe and welcome space for new members to speak and be heard.
The group meet every Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Praxis. Travel expenses and dinner is provided. The group is open to young asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented young people.
If you have any queries, would like to come along/refer someone to the group or would just like to find out more, please contact Emma Gardiner on 020 7729 7985 or email Emma.Gardiner@praxis.org.uk
A New Chance for New Mums!
Over the next few weeks we will be launching a new peer support group for young undocumented women and mothers. Having a baby can be a wonderful experience but it can also be an isolating one, especially for young women who have few friends and family around them for support.
The group will be a chance for young women and mums to make new connections, combat loneliness and share valuable support and helpful information on parenting. A space for sharing, learning and having some time to unwind and have fun can often be the key to staying well both mentally and physically.
The group will meet for an afternoon once a fortnight at Praxis, and travel expenses will be covered. If you would like to find out more and be informed once the date of the first meeting is decided, please contact Emma Gardiner on 020 7729 7985 or email Emma.Gardiner@praxis.org.uk.
Watch our New Short Film about our Mentoring Project
Since November 2013 Praxis has been working on a project funded by the EEA, Mentoring for Excluded Groups and Networks, MEGAN, in partnership with the National Offender Management Service.
As part of the final stage of the project, mentors from Praxis presented to an audience of policy makers from across the EU in a conference in Brussels. We also presented a short film on the mentoring project which you can watch here.
Further mentoring work with migrants caught up in the criminal justice system has been funded by the Cabinet Office’s Rehabilitation Social Action Fund until May 2015.
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.