Planning our first Awareness Workshop about the hostile environment and NRPF (no recourse to public funds)

This morning we held a meeting where we worked through the itinerary for our upcoming NRPF awareness workshop next Wednesday on 10th February 2021. A few of the SLRA team looked over the plan with members of our peer-support community Women’s Group. The women in the group all have lived experiences of the hostile environment, such as ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) and/or insecure immigration status. Together they will be facilitating and conducting the training session, alongside sharing stories and experiences from the different members.

The planning process has been a very collaborative one. The meeting’s participants took it in turns to read over the information they will share in the workshop, providing feedback on content and structure, and sharing their personal accounts of their experiences (meanwhile elegantly handing the Zoom-world complications we have all had to become used to since the pandemic). Looking over the content came alongside open reflections from the women involved about the struggles of dealing with NRPF and/or insecure immigration status and how varied their experiences have been, the detrimental impact of the pandemic, and how SLRA have helped them.

An open and warm Zoom environment which characterized this morning’s planning session is exactly what we hope to create in our workshop next week, where important information will be shared alongside sensitive stories. We are nervous but excited for our training session, and we hope it will not only ensure a better understanding about NRPF for our attendees but will also be an empowering and connecting experience.

If you haven’t yet booked a ticket for Wednesday evening’s training, tickets are available on Eventbrite and more information can be found there about our plan for this informative and engaging Community session. Hope to see you there!

This blog post was written by our new interns Maddie and Bella who are part of the Kings College Civic Leadership Academy programme and who support our community-organising around the issues of ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF).