Christmas is all about giving.
We’ve been aware of the wonderful work of the Hackney Migrant Centre for a little while now and this year, we decided to commit to raising money to show respect for their hard work and offer our support for their activities. As such, whether you pick up a bottle in your local bottle shop or order on our online store, we’re donating 20% of the final sale price of every bottle of Oatnog straight to HMC.
“HMC runs a weekly advice and support service, providing free access to immigration advice and support on housing, welfare and health. The service is open to any migrant, regardless of nationality, immigration status and current place of residence.”
While this is a season known for festivities, it can be a difficult time for many. Displacement is a complicated and painful thing to face and is often a very lonely and isolating experience. We wanted to work with a charity that provides support for people going through it.
HMC runs a weekly advice and support service, providing free access to immigration advice and support on housing, welfare and health. The service is open to any migrant, regardless of nationality, immigration status and current place of residence. Nearly 40% of visitors to HMC are homeless and over 80% have No Recourse to Public Funds, which means they are unable to access benefits and housing assistance. This lack of support places many in desperate circumstances including destitution, homelessness and exploitation. The impact on both physical and mental health can be severe, particularly for those who have experienced trauma after fleeing persecution or violence.
HMC has a small team of core staff and 50 volunteers from the local community and beyond. Specialist advisers, caseworkers and volunteers work together to aid visitors out of difficult circumstances, providing both the advice needed to access rights and a supportive community. Despite being a small charity, the effects of their powerful work means that thousands of people are helped through difficult situations.
Head to their website to read more about their services, team & events. And lastly, if you were on the fence about an Oatnog, then remember that 20% of the sale is going to a good place.
Imagery by Jo Metson Scott