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Project information

Supporting migrant mothers and children

We support vulnerable migrant and refugee mothers and children, including those who have been trafficked or survived domestic violence. We provide much needed advice and group work – helping mums to start to build a stable future for their children, and allowing kids to play safely and happily.

January 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: Praxis Community Projects

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  • Need


    Many migrant children in London live in overcrowded conditions and move frequently, making it hard for them to settle in school. Many families are forced into homelessness, poverty, and struggle to access healthcare. The demand for Praxis service is very high and growing, due to cuts in advice sector and legal aid provision. People travel from all over London to access our services, but demand far outstrips our capacity to provide the support that is so desperately needed


    Our WINGS group gives children the opportunity to play safely and happily, and helps their mums with peer support, new skills and opportunites for sharing information and experiences. The group combats isolation and improves wellbeing. We also support families to access advice, housing and an extended support network – helping families to find a route out of destitution and towards a more stable and brighter future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Group work will support mothers to develop resilience, promote wellbeing and reduce isolation.


    » Provide children with a creative space to play, develop their confidence and help them to form positive relationships with others.
    » Help mothers to learn parenting skills and be more confident, to give their children a safer and happier family life.
    » Provide access to practical and emotional support for children, including counselling for those who have suffered trauma.

    What success will look like

    Group facilitators complete observation notes after each session and we run focus groups and carry out one-to-one interviews with families.

    Aim 2

    Provide a central point of contact for vulnerable families from which to access services.


    » Provide solutions to urgent problems; homelessness, destitution, violent/dangerous/exploitative situations and poor child safety.
    » Develop mothers’ understanding of their rights and entitlements, and help them access appropriate services to support their children.
    » Support children and their mothers with immediate and longer-term housing
    » Support undocumented British children to obtain birth certificates/passports, and access their entitlements.

    What success will look like

    Advice work is recorded on our management database, and this enables us to capture data and report key outputs and outcomes.

  • Impact


    Access to entitlements, housing, and an extended support network enables families to build a stable future with a better quality of life. Our interventions for children increase their life chances and ability to integrate well into society, so that they will ultimately make their own positive contribution to the community. These are too long term to measure directly, but our measures above will enable us to show we have removed the major barriers to this long term change.


    This is our first online campaign, but we are encouraging all of our staff, volunteers and trustees to get involved to help us reach our target.


    We will provide a written report for our champion and pledgers, and will invite them to visit and see the huge impact their funding is having on the mothers and children. Other donors will be sent details by e-mail, if available, and we’ll publicise our project via our social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,600 Project support activities Including travel, entrance fees, crèche costs
      £1,150 Project management/office cost 8 days staff time
      £250 Materials eg art materials, disposable cameras
  • Background


    We are adjacent to the high street with good tube and bus links close by. Our centre includes a large hall for activities, space for childcare, interview rooms, disabled toilet and changing facilities, and a community cafe. Bethnal Green has a high percentage of ethnic minority residents, and high levels of poverty.


    Some 250 vulnerable migrant mothers and their children who have no recourse to public funds, including women who have been trafficked and victims of domestic violence. Many are living in overcrowded conditions with family or friends. They invariably move around frequently, making it hard for the children to settle in school and are part of families living in extreme poverty. Our work is well known within the community and people travel from all over London to access our services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Based in the heart of the East End for over 30 years, we are highly respected and trusted by the community, and provide a wide range of holistic services, from specialist legal support to promoting wellbeing and giving a voice to some of the most marginalised people in our community. We also work collaboratively with a very wide range of organisations across London, as part of a much wider network of support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Gardiner

    Emma, our group coordinator, has had huge success in engaging our group members and developing positive solutions that meet their needs and wishes.

    Maria Iglesias

    Maria oversees operational delivery of advice and group work, to ensure activities are well coordinated, resourced and focussed.

    Sally Daghlian

    As Chief Executive, Sally provides valuable specialist insight and strategic thinking, as well as ensuring the team receive the support they need.

"When WINGS was formed ….best thing ever! This was one place where we were all going through the same thing. It started becoming more like a family. A nice, nice family."

Member of WINGS, our group for mothers and children