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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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On Friday 8th December, the bravest among us decided to join a few more carollers at Oxford Street tube station, to sing in support of the London Churches Refugee Fund. The LCRF raises money to gives small grants to organisations like Notre Dame Refugee Centre assisting destitute refugees and asylum-seekers.

It was nice to see visitors, volunteers and even one of our trustees, joining in and singing their heart out for such a great cause – and those too shy to sing either rattled the buckets or took photographs… It was also heart-warming to see some commuters, rushing to get their train home, suddenly walk back to donate when they realised it was in support of refugees.

Wishing everyone a happy Yuletide….

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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