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Major award for London migrant and refugee service

PICTURED: Arhag CEO Cedric Boston

HOUSING ASSOCIATION and provider of migrant and refugee services Arhag has been recognised as one of the top BME organisations in the UK.

Arhag which, as well as homes, provides a range of services for migrants, refugees, black and minority ethnic clients won the award for the second year running.

One judge at the 24 Housing Diversity Awards said the Arhag approach was similar to innovative American schemes.

The housing association has 1,000 homes across London, but it also helps to deliver benefits advice, employment schemes and other services nationally.

It will soon be working with Doctors of the World to open a free surgery in London for those without access to the NHS, as part of a new hub of services. It also operates a national benefits advice hotline to help with issues like Universal Credit and job and career help and course around England.

On of the judges remarked: “This approach to housing a diversity of services for migrants and immigrants is very like provision in the US and all the more exciting for it.”

Representatives of Arhag including chief executive Cedric Boston picked up the award at a ceremony at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham.

Mr Boston said: “It was an incredible honour to win the 24 Housing Diversity Award for the second year running.

“We have been on a journey for the last three years, which will reach a new landmark in the next few months when we complete our move to a new purpose built hub of services in Newham.

“We take this award gratefully and see it as a mark that Arhag's decisive move to broaden services is heading the right way.”

The final touches to the new HQ in Stratford, which will host Arhag and five other organisations are being completed and set to open later this summer.

The new building will have a doctors surgery run by Doctors of the World, be home to award-winning employment group Olmec, and campaign groups Migrants’ Rights Network, RAMFEL and IKWRO.

Services provided include the drop in surgery, benefits advice, legal advice and helping finding work and improving careers.

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