Welcome to the Hackney Migrant Centre

Read our latest annual report here

EVERY WEDNESDAY - registration begins at 8:30am. We can only see the first 20 people who arrive. At present the first 20 people often join our queue before 8:30am.

Our last drop-in this year will be on the 19th of December. Our drop-in will be closed on the 26th of December and the 2nd of January. We will re-open on the 9th of January.

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:

  • immigration
  • 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 limited support and signposting to relevant services on the following range of issues:

  • benefit issues
  • debt
  • employment
  • 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 Legal Centre (part of our Moving Out of Hardship project funded by the Big Lottery Fund) (weekly)
  • housing solicitors from Hackney Community Law Centre and Miles & Partners (once a month each)
  • advisers from Project 17 who support destitute families (once a month)
  • social work advocates from Together with Migrant Children (once a month)
  • health advocates from Homerton NHS (weekly) and Doctors of the World (once a month)

The drop-in is held every Wednesday ONLY, 10:30am-4pm (we open for 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. If we cannot see you on the day, we will provide you with a list of other services you may wish to try.

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. It is very important to bring with you any documents you have about your immigration status, including refusal letters and tribunal decisions, as this will help our advisers. If you come to HMC for immigration or housing advice and you have a bank account, please bring 6 months worth of bank statements with you. We mainly provide initial advice. We might not be able to help you find a representative to take your case on as we have a waiting list of people for whom we cannot find lawyers.

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

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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