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  • Notre Dame Refugee Centre

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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  • Notre Dame Refugee Centre

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

More information next week

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  • Notre Dame Refugee Centre

On March 22nd Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party visited the Centre with Azadeh Hosseini. Together they have been visiting Centres around the UK to better inform themselves about refugee and asylum issues, and in particular to promote their campaign to end indefinite detention.

Jonathan had taken the step of restricting himself to living on £5 a day for a week in solidarity with single asylum seekers receiving asylum support.

Azadeh is herself a refugee. They were impressed with the Centre’s activities and stayed for lunch in the café where they could chat with volunteers and visitors


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