Sangam hosts clothes collection for Afghan Refugees

On Wednesday 8th September Sangam hosted a clothes drop off in support of Afghan refugees.

 

The day was a huge success and all of us at the centre were blown away by the volume of donations – it’s fair to say we received far more than we ever expected, and in addition to the huge amount of clothes we received vital supplies of nappies and sanitary products.

 

Of course, none of this would have happened or gone anywhere near as well without the contributions of a select few people. So a big thank you to:

 

Kalpesh , Nilesh and Nina , Shobhna, Priya and Jay for volunteering their time on the day – well done,  you all put in a great shift!

 

Dinesh for swiftly arranging and paying for a second van when it became clear one was never going to be enough…

 

And finally, a big thank you to our members – not only for your generous donations but for sharing details of the event with your friends and family so they, too, could help out.

 

Because of your enthusiasm and support the day really couldn’t have gone any better.

 

 

COVID-19 Update: Autumn 2021

 

As many of you know, the staff team has been  back in the building since June, and have been continuing to offer remote support to all our clients.

As restrictions have relaxed, we are now able to offer a small number of face to face appointments alongside our ongoing online and phone appointments.

Sangam remains committed to reducing the spread of the virus, so for those who wish to come in we ask that you have been double vaccinated and can provide evidence of a negative test within the  24 hours prior to your appointment.

For more information please get in touch.

Sangam receives Immigration Suport Funding

Sangam has been awarded a grant from the The London Community Response Fund to offer support to those  applying to the EU Settlement Scheme and those needing to submit Further Leave to Remain applications.

In addition to our free advice, we will now be able to manage and submit  clients’ application completely free of charge

We’re prioritising those who are vulnerable and /or at risk of financial crisis, so all  potential clients will need to meet strict eligibility criteria  to access support.

To find out more about this exciting new programme please contact us and ask to speak with Ola Franklin, Sangam’s OISC Level 2 Immigration Advisor or Christopher Newport, Centre Development Manager

National Lottery Community Fund award

The first of three bids made before Sangam returned to the office, we have been awarded just over £72,000 to help cover our expenditure. This is fantastic news for the organisation: as a charity that has been self-sustaining for so many years, the impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent social distancing requirements have dealt a major blow to the income generated from hall hire, which funds the majority of our charitable activities.This grant has provided us with some valuable breathing space so we can get back to doing what we do best while looking at new ways to help support our clients. We expect some exciting developments over the coming months, all of which will be updated on our news page – so keep your eyes peeled!

Tudor Trust awards Sangam £30,000!

Sangam is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 12-month grant from the Tudor Trust to help cover core costs and help the organisation support new programmes and initiatives.Although these past six months have been challenging, we have used this time to reflect and look at how we can do more for clients. We know many of our clients are facing new and unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19, so we’ll be doing our best to identify new ways to help out.

Sangam to provide six months of free counselling sessions!

Sangam has just been awarded funding from the London Community Response Fund, which will enable us to provide clients with up to 14 free counselling sessions between 1st October and 31st March 2021.As part of our drive to develop the reach and impact of our services, this project will enable us to do more for those affected by and struggling to cope with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.For more details on how we can help you, please go to our counselling page.If you would like to self-refer, or you are an organisation seeking to refer on your client’s behalf, Contact us to book a free initial assessment