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Your rights

The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!



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Barka UK (Reconnections Project)


0207 275 7768

Monday–Wednesday: 9am–4pm (helpline – Polish, Russian, Romanian and English)

Website: bit.ly/1r1LCpo

Offers Eastern European rough sleepers the opportunity to return home. Help with obtaining passports & transportation. Also information on employment, benefits, NI, the law, organisations supporting CEE migrants. Information on CEE Alcoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous groups. The helpline (0800 171 2926) is provided in Polish & English.

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Drugs workers, Legal advice, Outreach worker links

Crisis Skylight (London)

66 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

020 7426 5650

Monday–Friday: 2pm–8pm
Saturday–Sunday: 11am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/10pf1F

Workshop programme from the website. Additional support available regarding employment (inc. specialist service for E Europeans), housing, mental health and well-being, and from the progression team.

Education/training, Mental health, Step-free

Doctors of the World (Praxis)

Praxis, Pott Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 0EF


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1pm–5pm (register for an appointment after 11am – first come, first served)
Saturday: 2pm–5pm (for families & children – first Sat of month)
Saturday: 10am–1pm (for pregnant women – first Sat of month)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1B0MjST

Information, advice and practical assistance to help vulnerable people access NHS and other services. Some basic healthcare and advocacy for people who have problems accessing healthcare. Clinic advice line: 020 75157534 (advice line, 10am–12midday). Closed on Bank Holidays.

Advocacy, Medical/health

East European Advice Centre

Room 18, The Polish Centre, 238–246 King Street, London W6 9LP

020 8741 1288

Monday–Friday: 9:30am–4:30pm (advice line)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1qCIihS

Free, independent and impartial advice and casework to Eastern European migrants: homelessness prevention (Advice Line 0800 121 4226) and casework, employment rights campaign, outreach to elderly Eastern Europeans. West London boroughs only. Services in English and Polish; language support in Romanian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian and Hungarian with some notice. Appointments only - please ring first.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Legal advice, Outreach workers

Hackney Migrant Centre

St Mary's New Church Rooms, Spenley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES

Wednesday: 10am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1DEJqd9

Free advice and support for refugees and migrants. Free immigration advice. First 40 visitors only; arrive early with documents or paperwork.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Legal advice

Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) Shelter

HTB Queen’s Gate (St Augustin’s), London SW7 5LP

020 7590 8248

Wednesday & Friday: 9am–2pm (day shelter; office hours 8am–4pm)
November to March
Wednesday: 7pm–10pm (winter shelter)
Tuesday: 9:30am–5:30pm (office hours)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2vB3qkM

Safe, non-judgmental place where all are welcome. Food, advice, friendship and practical support in a non-threatening Christian environment. Hot breakfast, coffee bar and a range of activities. Guests can receive counselling, debt and welfare advice, and alcohol and drug support through partner organisations.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers

Olallo House


01707 671080

Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours

Map   Website: bit.ly/1C3vpFx

A six- to eight-week week employment project for Eastern European/Central European migrants who are verified rough sleepers and who are able and motivated to work with support. Referral vi their outreach team.

Careers advice, Education/training

Thames Reach (London Reconnection Project)

Hudson House, 1 Stockwell Green, Stockwell, London SW9 9JF

0870 383 3322

Map   Website: bit.ly/M7nDX

Helps rough sleepers to return to their home countries of Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Hungary. Enables returning migrants to access appropriate services, ie drugs and alcohol workers, work advisors.

Careers advice, Outreach worker links


Upper Room, St Saviour Church, Cobbold Road, London W12 9LN

Monday & Friday: 5:30pm–6:45pm (hot supper)
Monday & Tuesday: 12am–5pm (UR4JOBS)
Wednesday: 10am–5pm (Polish language counselling)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1vMOGsA

Help in finding work and education. Ring for appointment: 07967 312 207 is English and Polish; 07772 473554 is English and Romanian.

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