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So many friends, visitors and volunteers generously gave their time and talents for this our third FRIENDS event at the other Notre Dame (the London campus of Notre Dame University, Indiana).

It is the perfect venue and the staff were immensely kind and welcoming. The real life stories which came, unmediated, from four of our visitors moved everyone. All four showed remarkable confidence in speaking to quite a large crowd in a formal setting: A arrived from DRC with very little English, and is now a regular volunteer; M from Iran, arrives in his wheelchair punctually every Monday for the English class and came with his wife and children; R from Eritrea, and A from Nigeria, whose happiness at the end of a long struggle for her right to remain was infectious. I could have listened to Ian Shaw singing and telling stories for the rest of the evening – you felt he really knew at first hand what refugees experience. The artists from Nabila’s class had mounted an impressive exhibition of their work, and sold many works on the spot; the sewing group displayed the beautiful aprons they had made. Audience members gave generously (they had been treated to Sarah Till’s wonderful canapes washed down with wine) and we were able to raise £1000 towards the work of the Centre.


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The rolling out of Universal Credit in many areas of London has brought visitors to the centre seeking help to understand it, manage it and deal with the problems that occur during the long waiting period for the first payment.

Many of our visitors are using a second language, do not have their own computers and are not IT literate. Others who have managed their benefits well, before they were transferred to Universal Credit, experience anxiety and stress, fearing their Housing Benefit is not being paid to their landlord during the waiting period and think they could be evicted from their homes or are accumulating rent arrears. Those with families sometimes find it difficult to feed their children and have to resort to going to the Food Bank, or having to ask friends also on low incomes for a loan. Yes it is possible to apply for an advanced payment, but this deducted from their first regular payment. Adjustment to receiving only a monthly payment and budgeting till the next one can be difficult for some of our visitors, when they previously had payments coming in to their accounts at different times, enabling them to meet their living costs till the next payment. Just last week a visitor came for help because in addition to experiencing many of the above problems she had also been affected by the Benefit Cap.

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Why are we walking?

The term “legal advice” is hard to explain to sponsors. Oddly, fundraising for homeless people’s charities is much easier but advice agencies are the front line when it comes to preventing and curing homelessness, especially for children and families.

The same applies for helping older housebound people, trafficked women and children, domestic slaves and severely disabled people.

Very few people know that legal advice centres help these people every day. It’s what they do!

On the 21st of May, the Notre Dame Refugee centre team is walking to raise money for the same reasons, help the refugees and the asylum seekers.

Up to know, We have registered almost 60 walkers and today over 6000£ sponsorship, which is great .

Lets keep it up !! You can donate here

Thanks to everyone!!!

Please find the route maps for the 10km walk around London.

1- Legal walk river route

2- Legal walk park route

And don’t forget our sponsorship link

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NDRC18

More information next week

We Need Your Support Today!

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, WE'VE TAKEN THE DECISION TO CLOSE ALL DROP-IN SESSIONS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

 

IF YOUR ARE IN NEED OF ADVICE, PLEASE CALL 0207 440 2669 TO SPEAK TO AN ADVISER BETWEEN 10.30 & 13.30 ON FRIDAYS. 

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Postal address:

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

5 Leicester Place, London
WC2H 7BX

Physical address: 

Maison Pierre Chanel

16 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE

Email: info@notredamerc.org.uk

Phone: 020 7440 2668

Immigration advice line:

0207 440 2669 (10.30-13.30 on Fridays)

Registered Charity: 1177990

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