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Overview

The training programme seeks to increase understanding of the needs and rights of non-UK nationals, highlight the tools, opportunities and barriers in the system when supporting people facing restricted eligibility and improve the level of collaboration between the migrant and homelessness sectors. 

Why is this programme needed?

Non-UK nationals represent around half of the people seen rough sleeping in London. The complexity of immigration law can lead to difficulties in understanding and evidencing both the immigration status and entitlements of rough sleepers. However, understanding how to prove or obtain entitlements is key to identifying sustainable routes off the streets.

The Covid-19 emergency accommodation for people who were sleeping rough has highlighted the high numbers of people experiencing homelessness with immigration needs in London.

It has also shown the importance of specialist workers within homelessness charities who have a strong understanding of the rights and entitlements of non-UK nationals experiencing homelessness, to provide wraparound support, and to facilitate referrals and liaison between the immigration advisers and people with complex needs.

Additionally, it has emphasised the benefits of improving understanding between the immigration advice and the homelessness sectors about the needs and complexities of supporting rough sleepers.  

Who is this programme for?

  • London-based Frontline workers from the homelessness sector who support non-UK nationals experiencing homelessness.
  • London-based Frontline workers from the migrant sector  
  • London-based Immigration Solicitors 
  • London-based Local Authority staff  

Programme details

The programme is open and flexible so learners can join as many sessions and access resources as needed. It includes:

Online training

Live online 3.5-hour training courses on supporting non-UK nationals including sessions on post-Brexit rights, practical support for rough sleepers, and specialist support for women and LGBTQ+ for the homelessness sector, and on understanding homelessness services for the migrant sector.

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Bitesize recordings

Pre-recorded training sessions on supporting non-UK nationals with physical and mental health needs and general overview of the rights of non-UK nationals experiencing homelessness. Perfect for new starters. Access on-demand whenever you need them

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Online community and advice service

An online space for people participating in the training and people based in London who work with non-UK Nationals experiencing homelessness to have discussions, share experiences and resources. Participants are also able to raise questions and get support from an experienced immigration adviser on issues such as immigration and welfare, community care and more. There will also be resources and information shared on homelessness from the Homeless Link website.

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Tailored workshops

From June 2022, we will have a workshop each quarter focusing on issues arising in the four training sessions and from commonly raised concerns or trends noted through the advice service and the community of learners. To be the first to hear about the focus for the sessions, sign-up to the quarterly newsletter

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Bitesize recordings

Mental and physical health needs

Three short recordings on ​non-UK nationals with physical and mental health needs, including drug and alcohol dependence 

Overview of rights

Three short recordings of a general overview of the rights of non-UK nationals experiencing homelessness for new starters

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