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The Rt Hon Stephen Timms is currently the Member of Parliament representing East Ham, one of the boroughs in which a considerable number of our visitors live. He is also the Labour Party’s Faith Envoy.

On Thursday January 11th, MP Stephen Timms was invited by the Director, Sarah Hughes to tour Notre Dame Refugee Centre meeting clients, volunteers and advisors.

The visit gave us the opportunity to raise some important concerns :

The Reduction of Homelessness Bill and the impact this might have on our visitors.

The introduction of Universal Credit : with this new mechanism, clients have to wait 6 weeks before getting their first payment, which leads them into difficulties (running into debt and risk of eviction from their homes) Click here to kow morre about it

The lack of social housing: we asked him to be more proactive on social housing including upgrading the housing stock

The increasing costs of immigration : for instance « the further leave to remain » application cost of £933 for 2.5 years

Mr. Timms confirmed us that the Homelessness Reduction Act is due to come into force in April 2018. The Act will modify and extend existing homelessness protection in a number of key ways:

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Five key changes in the Homelessness Reduction Act

Mr. Timms was impressed with the scope of the Centre and its clear appreciation by visitors. Mr Timms with a visitor.

Thank you for your visit!

Discover the website for the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Member of Parliament for East Ham since 1994.

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In the two weeks that it has been running, we have had a multitude of far-ranging queries. Concerns that we may not receive enough calls to start with were soon allayed. With the line ringing constantly for the full three hours, we were left hoping that everyone who wanted to get through, could.

For those who are not familiar with the project, the Advice Line is a dedicated telephone service to those who have queries related to regularising their stay, settlement and further leave to remain, citizenship and nationality, seeking asylum, and refugee status. Queries are often complex in nature, and many cover more than one area of immigration law.

We live in an increasingly hostile climate for migrants of all nationalities. The number of new visitors coming for advice from NDRC is increasing on a weekly basis. Combined with the ever changing, complicated immigration rules and steadily increasing fees, we feel that the Advice Line comes at an opportune moment, and hope that we will be able to offer advice and support to as far reaching audience as possible.

Please spread the word!

Fridays 10.30-13.30

T: 0207 440 2669

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Last Thursday we had a guest teacher in the class – Tim Goldman from Timfoolery who brought a spirit of mischief and play to Notre Dame for an hour.

People greeted each other with snychronised woohoos and jumps, groups became strange blobby monsters and moved together around the room making monster noises, and we passed pirate hooks , soft balls and strange mop like things around and gave them their own movement and sound. People passing through the room gave us funny looks but we were too busy having fun to care!

On November 28th, ten of us went to the Welcome Cinema event in Shoreditch. It was a wonderful night – we watched the movie Suffragette and then a panel , including the director , spoke about the film and women’s issues. Last but not least , we had the Welcome Kitchen meal cooked by wonderful cooks from Syria, Cote D’Ivoire , Eritrea among other countries.Absolutely delicious.

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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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