14:30 - 15:30
Asylum seekers and refugees
Our guest for this Zoom session is Paul Catterall. Paul is a full-time Network Development Worker for NACCOM (The National No Accommodation Network), supporting charities and projects with capacity-building, partnership working and good practice in the provision of accommodation for destitute people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants with no recourse to public funding (NRPF). Paul lives in Middlesbrough and before joining NACCOM was the CEO of Open Door North East, a Christian charity birthed out of Jubilee Church Teesside providing accommodation and other services to asylum seekers and refugees in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees. Whilst there, Paul led the development of a mixed portfolio of 35 houses, a night shelter and hosting scheme all providing either emergency or longer term accommodation for people with NRPF. Paul believes passionately in the wider church/Christian call to step in and step up in both the welcome and provision of practical support to 'the stranger'.