A partnership of community and voluntary organisations, led by the Renewal Programme, are working together to reach vulnerable and isolated EU citizens and their families living in Newham who are at risk of being left behind. People who are EU Citizens need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before the 30th June 2021 to secure their right to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit. The project, ‘Stay Settled in Newham, would like to work with local community groups in the borough to raise awareness so that no one is left out of this important change. Although there is already some awareness around the application process, there is an urgency as it is reported more than 30,000 EU Citizens living in Newham still haven’t completed their application. If your community group works with people who may be an European Union (EU) Citizens, you can help make sure they are aware of the need to register to stay in the UK. A main concern around ‘Stay Settled in Newham’ is that there may be many EU citizens in Newham who are unaware of the need to register and could lose their right to stay in the UK. An EU Citizen may be a national from a country listed here. They may also be a national from another country who is able to live in the UK because they have an EU passport, for example someone from Bangladesh or Somalia who has an Italian or Belgium passport. If your group works with EU Citizens who may be unaware of the need to register to stay in the UK, you can apply for some funding to help you raise awareness with the people you work with and the wider local community. There are two levels of funding available:
£100 to help you promote the project to your service users and your local community, by giving out leaflets and sharing on social media.
£300 if your group can, in addition to the above, also put on at least one event to promote the project to your local community and service users (the events must comply with Covid restrictions.)
Your group will need to work fast, because of the pending government deadline 30th June 2021 for applications to be completed. The EUSS application is made online and can be complex, so people may need support to make their application and understand the process. Your group will need to be able to carry out the bulk of the work to raise awareness in May and early June. The ‘Stay Settled in Newham’ project will provide your group with promotional material and digital resources to share across social media and on WhatsApp. Your task will be to get the information to as many people as possible who may be affected by this change, and to signpost them to the help that is available from the project. Representatives from your group will need to attend an EUSS info session as a requirement for receiving funding. If you would like to apply, please complete the attached form and return it to email@example.com If you have any questions please contact Sarah Rance firstname.lastname@example.org or Victoria Gottschalk Victoria.email@example.com