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Mayor awards £30k to community groups supporting EU Londoners

Monday March 25th, 2019

Community groups supporting EU Londoners with help and information to stay in the UK after Brexit have been awarded funding by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.Government Opportunities

The Government has said that London’s one million Europeans will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain in the UK after 29th March 2019, despite the uncertainty of the wider Brexit negotiations.

 Sadiq particularly wants to ensure that the most vulnerable EU Londoners, including the elderly, disabled and homeless, get the right advice and support around how to proceed with these applications.

 Micro-grants of around £5,000 have been provided to six different community organisations as part of the Mayor’s work to engage with European communities and help European Londoners get the information they need to stay in the UK. This is the programme’s second round of funding, building on a previous tranche of £20,000 given to nine community organisations at the end of last year. Grants are being awarded to:

  • Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) – helping Latin American women and families with EU citizenship or EEA family permits. Workshops and community events will be held across Islington, Southwark and Haringey, with outreach work in Lewisham, Wandsworth, and Tower Hamlets.
  • Work Rights Centre - Weekly Q&A sessions for Eastern Europeans on the settled status application in community hubs across the city.
  • New Europeans – Legal surgery events for Somali communities, older Italians and Roma communities across Barking, Camden, Ealing, Islington, Lambeth, Ealing, Newham, Tower Hamlet and Waltham Forest.
  • Migrant Resource Centre – working across Brent, Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest to help all EU Londoners, through training volunteers and staff and holding IT and practical support sessions.
  • Refugees in Active and Effective Partnership (REAP) - working with EU refugees primarily in Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, including training 15 staff to run multi-lingual info sessions.
  • Bulgarian Centre for Social Integration and Culture – Working with Bulgarian and Roma communities, and other Eastern European communities in Edmonton and Enfield, including drop-in sessions and events.

The Mayor has been clear that London is open to all, and that EU citizens living in the capital belong and are welcome. To make sure they have all the information they need about living in London after Brexit, he has created the online EU Londoners Hub, to which 19,000 people have already signed up. The Hub directs users to up-to-date information and advice about their rights after the UK leaves the European Union.

The micro-grant scheme builds on this work, and over the last few months community groups awarded in the first round of funding have staged events across the capital reaching hundreds of people, hosting Q&As with immigration lawyers, distributing leaflets, training volunteers and running local surgeries for Roma communities, disabled people, rough sleepers, and other vulnerable groups.

 This work is part of the Mayor’s London is Open campaign, launched in 2016 after the Brexit Referendum to show that the capital is united, open to talent, and open to business.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Throughout the entire Brexit process, I have been clear that London is open, and that EU citizens living in the capital belong here and are welcome. It’s critical that they get good quality advice and support around what Brexit means for them and how to apply for settled status, particularly those who are vulnerable. Thousands have already signed up to my EU Londoners Hub, and these micro-grants have helped community groups engage hundreds of people through a fantastic variety of events. This second round of funding will help local organisations reach even more European Londoners with the information they need to understand their rights post-Brexit.”

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