About the Hub
Who are we?
Greenwich Migrant Hub is a community hub which supports vulnerable migrants, particularly families with no recourse to public funds. We do this by working closely with specialist advice agencies to coordinate a weekly advice drop-in session at the Woolwich Common Community Centre. The centre is a vibrant local community space offering yoga and IT classes, after school clubs and a great outdoor space with an organic herb garden. The centre has a state of the art kitchen where we cook delicious food for our visitors every week provided by FareShare.
The Greenwich Migrant Hub is a specialist project managed by Greenwich Housing Rights, an established advice agency which has existed in the local community since 1983.
Every Tuesday at the Hub we offer free immigration advice provided by OISC regulated specialist advisers from Lambeth Law Centre and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network. We also offer free housing advice through Greenwich Housing Rights, advocacy and support for victims of domestic abuse by the Her Centre and Greenwich Domestic Violence Abuse Services and specialist advice for families without recourse to public funds provided by Project 17. On the first Tuesday of the month Healthwatch Greenwich provide advice on accessing healthcare and NHS charges. We provide free ESOL classes funded by City Bridge Trust and work in partnership with Creating Ground to offer women’s confidence building workshops.
Why do we exist?
The Hub emerged from a pilot project which ran between November 2014-June 2015 with the aim to support vulnerable migrants to access holistic advice and support.
In that time we welcomed over 150 visitors and dealt with a range of matters such as immigration issues, homelessness and destitution, welfare issues for people with recourse to public funds, housing, domestic abuse, divorce because of domestic abuse, injunctions, accessing GPs and many more.
From our work it was clear to us that there is a lack of awareness of rights and entitlements and there is a need for better co-ordination of services and for immigration advice to enable migrants to regularise their status.
Many of our users are women with young children often experiencing domestic abuse. They often come to seek immigration advice, but our unique holistic approach enables them to also gain support on domestic violence, family law and accommodation.