EMBRACE receives no ongoing core funding and values the support of members and interested parties as it seeks to equip the church to understand and respond to the situation for minority-ethnic people, and also as it acts in practical ways to meet particular requests for assistance.
We are indebted to those who have supported the work of EMBRACE through their donations. As a voluntary organisation, the preparation of many materials and the general administration of the office could not be done without the support received in this way. If you would like to make a donation to EMBRACE please contact us.
Emergency Fund Appeal
The EMBRACE Emergency Fund has been increasingly used in recent months and we are urgently in need of donations in order to meet growing need. The introduction of Universal Credit means that when people seeking asylum get Leave to Remain in the UK, they have to wait for over a month before they receive any benefits.Without the help of the Emergency Fund, they would be moving into accommodation without electricity and relying solely on Food-banks to eat for many weeks. We have also been providing initial heating and electricity for all the Syrian resettlement refugee families arriving into NI, alongside the ongoing support for destitute asylum seekers. In April and May this year we gave over £5,500 through the organisations who provide support to people seeking asylum, refugees and destitute migrants. If you are able to donate to the Emergency Fund or if you can organise a fundraiser please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EMBRACE Committee
Individuals and groups may become members of EMBRACE by registering and making an annual payment (£10 for an individual and £20 for a group). Members receive a quarterly news sheet, the EMBRACE annual update booklet and information on EMBRACE events. In addition members can be involved in working groups which gather and disseminate information, organise and support events, and focus on specific projects. For more information please contact us.
Download an EMBRACE membership form here. Please complete the gift aid section if you are a UK tax-payer.
If you would like to contribute regularly, please contact our office to receive a standing order form.
The Emergency Fund is used to provide vital emergency assistance to destitute migrant workers and people seeking asylum where no other means of support, either statutory or charitable is available. Assistance may be given to provide hostel accommodation and food as a short-term stop gap whilst a longer term solution is established. It may be provided to allow someone to return to their home country when there is no reason to stay and no other means of returning. All support given is subject to meeting a set of criteria and delivered through agencies such as NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and the Belfast Migrant Centre. To learn more about migrant destitution, see our poverty and destitution factsheet. If you would like to give to this fund please contact us.
Money raised by this fund has been used in a number of ways. Examples include assisting destitute foreign nationals who have needed to return home urgently, and sending on the belongings of people who have been removed to their own country following detention at the end of their asylum cases. Others have been helped off the streets by the payment of a few nights hostel fees where no other funds were available.
We have a number of criteria which must be met before funds are released. If you would like information on these please contact our office. In every case we do not work directly with individuals but by referral from reputable groups such as homelessness or refugee charities.