CEO letter - New Aspen card roll out

A letter from Migrant Help CEO Caroline O'Connor in response to the new Aspen card roll out. Along with our colleagues in the charity sector, we share a desire to ensure that people within the asylum system have safe, suitable accommodation, appropriate to their needs and vulnerabilities, that they are able to access financial support, support for mental and physical health matters, legal advice and guidance to make their asylum and support claims. Read more

New Aspen card roll out

The roll out of the new Aspen card is currently underway, along with a change of the payment provider. As a result of these changes, our helpline has been extremely busy over the past few days. We sincerely apologise to everyone who is having difficulties in contacting us. We are liaising with the payment provider and the Home Office and are doing our best to assist as many clients as we can. Read more

Our response to the New Plan for Immigration

Migrant Help strongly opposes the proposals set out in the New Plan for Immigration. We are very concerned that the proposals are unworkable and will serve to create increased trauma for asylum seekers. Read more

Time to Talk

This is an opportunity for all of us to start talking and share stories about mental health. Read more

Fire at Napier Barracks

We are grateful to the emergency services who responded to the situation and also thank the local community for their support of those living in the barracks. Read more

Our top 5 books for understanding displacement

We have put together a list of our top 5 books, which include options for both adults and children, that will help you understand displacement, asylum and refugees. Read more

Beat the blues by doing your bit for others

Our clients feel the challenges of the pandemic very keenly - many face isolation, reduced support services and the prospect of several weeks of freezing weather without warm winter clothing. Read more

Why do we need a Black History Month?

October is Black History Month. I hope that you have seen this celebrated more than ever before. I think that this increased profile is welcome and critical to change the dialogue. Read more

Harriet Tubman: the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom

Harriet Tubman was held as a slave, captive and bound to unpaid, back-breaking labour since birth. Read more

What is Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery?

Human trafficking is the modern-day form of slavery. It is the illegal trade of human beings: children, women and men from across the world are held, transported, bought, sold and forced into activity against their will. Read more

How can victims of slavery be identified?

'Hidden in plain sight’ is a term that describes human trafficking and slavery well – it is a crime which is all around us and often right in front of us, but one that is famously hard to identify. Read more