Migrant Advocacy Service
Supporting migrants and refugees
Non-profit community development organisation giving advice and guidance to vulnerable migrants especially from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Volunteers undertake a thorough, supervised and accredited training programme to ensure the quality of advice they give to migrants and their communities in the local area.
Are you interested in joining our team?
If you can offer a few hours of your time every fortnight, either on a Monday or Friday preferably, and especially if you can speak another language aside from English, we'd love to hear from you.
Drop-in sessions are held in different locations throughout the week when our trained advisers can assist clients through practical issues on a wide range of subjects, most commonly housing and rent arrears, debt, benefits and their welfare rights.
Once accredited, we will offer Level 1 immigration advice and will be able to assist EU migrants living in the UK who need guidance on what to do post-Brexit. We can currently assist people in finding the relevant information if they come along to see us.
Our main sessions are held between 10am-2pm on Mondays and Fridays at:
Kingston Council Contact Centre, Guildhall 2 (opposite the Job Centre), KT1 1EU.
Supporting Community Integration
Our aim is to ease the integration journey for migrant people now living in the local area.
Families and individuals that are better supported to deal with practical issues will settle in their new environment more quickly. This will ease their journey into work and will also help them to access statutory and third sector services in an appropriate manner.
We create opportunities to engage people, to show them how to help themselves as individuals and as groups, whilst also managing their expectations of local services.
English classes, Training & Workshops
Take every opportunity to learn
2nd Floor Kingsgate is home to our community learning space where we hold:
healthy eating and parenting workshops
basic IT skills sessions
women-only fitness classes.
Some childcare spaces are available.
Developing Community Groups
Diverse groups share many similar needs
Getting the Help You Need
Culturally sensitive counselling services, sometimes in non-English mother-tongue, are an essential part of the support people need when they are facing problems they need help to resolve.
Our partners, Islamic Resource Centre, offer affordable and accessible counselling to help community members, from any ethnic or religious background, get back on track.
Do you know of anyone who could benefit from attending our community activities? Simply give us a call or send a message via the Contact form.