Welcome to the Hackney Migrant Centre
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Hackney Migrant Centre is a charity that runs a weekly drop-in for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. During the drop-in we offer free advice and casework on:
- homelessness and insecure housing, including destitution cases with no recourse to public funds and asylum support
- poverty relief, including food bank vouchers, grants etc
We also provide that health advocacy can help with access to NHS services, GP registration and problems with NHS charges.
We offer everyone who accesses our service, a free, nutritious, cooked meal and a safe and welcoming environment.
We can also offer support and signposting to relevant services on the following range of issues:
- benefit issues
- mental health support e.g. counselling and trauma services
We do not offer casework on these issues.
We have an in-house destitution coordinator who provide advice and casework on homelessness and poverty relief and a caseworker for migrant families and young people (part of our Moving Out of Hardship project funded by the Big Lottery Fund) We work with a wide range of partner agencies which include:
- immigration advisers from Islington and Lambeth Law Centre and Coram Children's Centre (part of our Moving Out of Hardship project funded by the Big Lottery Fund) (weekly)
- housing solicitors from Camden Law Centre and Duncan Lewis Solicitors (fortnightly)
- advisers from Project 17 who support destitute families (once a month)
- asylum support caseworkers from Migrant Help (weekly)
- health advocates from Homerton NHS (weekly) and Doctors of the World (once a month)
- mental health advocate from City and Hackney Mind (once a month)
The drop-in is held every Wednesday ONLY, 10:30-4pm (we open registration at 8:30am). Please be aware that demand is very high on our service and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist everyone who approaches us. At present, people are queueing before the Centre opens and anyone who joins the queue after 7am is unlikely to be admitted. If we cannot see you on the day, we will provide you with a list of other services you may wish to try.
Our doors open for registration at 8:30am but we do not start working on cases until 10:30am. We can only see the first 20 visitors to our service who we triage between 10:30am-12.30pm and are booked in for afternoon advice slots after lunch, between 1.00-4.00pm. Each week we are seeing more people than our advisers can deal with so we might not be able to offer everyone an advice slot with an adviser. If you have any documents about your immigration status, please bring them with you as this will help our advisers. We mainly provide initial advice. If your immigration case does not qualify for legal aid, we might not be able to help you find a pro bono representative, as we have a waiting list of cases for whom we cannot find lawyers. We can give you lists of private solicitors we recommend.
We do not provide appointments unless there are exceptional circumstances which should be arranged with us in advance.
Hackney Migrant Centre has been very effective in helping people. Read some case studies of visitors who have benefited from attending the drop-in.
For information about other similar services that you can access click here and for other sources of immigration advice, click here
We have also written a number of reports on our work and issues that affect our visitors here.
Our work is funded by the Big Lottery Fund