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Project information

Supporting Migrant Families

Many migrant families in the UK can’t access services, welfare and support, including free school meals, even when they have young children. The money that we will raise will support migrant women and their children, providing them legal and practical support.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Praxis Community Projects

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  • Need


    Migrant women at-risk and their children - including asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of human trafficking - are some of the most socially-excluded families in the UK. They often face destitution, exploitation, physical/mental health issues and exclusion from statutory services. Due to harsh immigration policies, many of them don’t have access to public funds such as housing, healthcare and financial support, including free school meals or child tax-credits.


    Migrant families at-risk will receive free specialist immigration, housing and welfare advice and holistic support services, such as housing and access to WINGs, our group for migrant mothers with children. This will stabilise their immigration status, overcome barriers they face and provide a safe space for mothers and their children to build peer relationships and counter isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide migrant families with NRPF access to free quality advice and support services


    » Provide solutions to urgent problems: homelessness; destitution; and exploitative situations; and poor child safety through advice/referrals/casework
    » Develop mothers’ understanding of their rights and entitlements and help to access appropriate services to support their children
    » Support mothers with NRPF to gain access to immediate and longer-term housing through Praxis provision or referral partners to prevent homelessness
    » Support undocumented British children to obtain birth certificates/passports, and access their entitlements

    What success will look like

    Success will involve families being supported to move away from a point of crisis, provided with the support they need to positively move on with their lives .

    Aim 2

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


    » Providing children with a safe and creative space to play, develop their confidence and help them to form positive relationships with others
    » Help mothers to learn parenting skills and become 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 suffered trauma
    » Provide mothers access to esol classes with crèche, health and wellbeing workshops/activities to develop skills, friendships and social networks

    What success will look like

    Observing marked improvements in the practical situation, emotional and social lives of migrant families and children.

  • Impact


    We hope to achieve greater stability, safety and improved wellbeing in the lives of migrant families i.e. women and children. We will record changes to immigration status and lifts to NRPF conditions.
    Families will have opportunities to access activities which develop their confidence, build relationships and pro-social skills. We hope to see improved relationships between mothers and their children and happier less isolated families.
    We will gather data through one-to-one interviews with m


    This project has a low level of risk. We have run these activities for years, we have well-trained staff, a steady pool of clients and robust procedures, including detailed risk assessments and a risk register reviewed quarterly. Individual risk assessments are undertaken for specific clients, and for events and activities where appropriate. We have relevant policies and procedures in place for managing risk associated with safeguarding, data protection and indemnity insurance.


    We will use our social media channels as well as our newsletter to report to donors on the outcomes of this project and the effect that their contribution has had on migrant families and children.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,200 Project support activities Including travel, entrance fees, crèche costs
      £500 Project management administration
      £300 Group activities Art materials
  • Background


    Praxis is based in Bethnal Green, an area of high-need, and it supports migrants at-risk pan-London to resolve their complex issues. The area has a vibrant and long history of migration. 24% of small areas in the borough are in the top 10% most deprived in the country, and 58% of children live in poverty (LBTH Strategic Plan 2016/19). The Tower Hamlets ‘Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2016/9’ acknowledges the unmet need in the borough related to an increase in cases of NRPF.


    Our project will consolidate the support we already offer to mothers and children at-risk. These families are some of the most socially-excluded in the UK, whose needs include: destitution, vulnerability to abuse and exploitation, physical/mental health issues, exclusion from legal aid, housing issues/homelessness, etc. Around 75% of WINGS families have No Recourse to Public Funds when they join the project, and are subsequently housed in unsuitable accommodation for their needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2012 Praxis has supported hundreds of mothers on a NRPF condition. Our advice team has developed a strong expertise in this area, and in many occasions have managed to lift the NRPF condition, granting access to public services for migrant families. We are one of only two providers in the borough offering OISC level 2 advice. Through our holistic approach, the women we assist with legal advice also receive support with housing and have access to WINGS, our peer support group.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bethan Lant

    Bethan is our Project Lead and has been working at Praxis for more than 15 years, gaining invaluable expertise, she manages legal advice

    Kerrin Raulefs

    Kerrin is a migration caseworker whose service users are mainly women victims of domestic and gender-based violence

    Clare Sikorska

    Clare is a migration caseworker who focuses on supporting service users in lifting NRPF Funds condition

    Emma Gardiner

    Emma manages our group work and she started WINGS, the support group for migrant mothers and their children

My caseworker improved my life a lot, after ten years struggling everything changed since I met her, now I started college, I’m not homeless anymore, I have a house with two bedrooms. Am I happy? After ten years fighting ? Of course I am too much happy!

mum supported by Praxis