Please consider donating to help us continue our advice service

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) was founded in 1975, and includes a free community advice service. Residents from Camden and Westminster find help with debt, housing and benefit problems from a team of skilled advisors. In the wake of Covid 19, the advisors have maintained the service following government guidelines.

Due to FNA’s historic connection with the local Bangladeshi community, the advisors are both bilingual in Bengali and English, and Urdu and Hindi. About 70% seeking help at the FNA have their origins in South Asia. The advisors are skilled at helping with mental and physical disabilities navigate complicated housing and benefit problems. 90% of benefit appeals are won, and 87% of all queries on many subjects are resolved.

In the midst of the Covid 19 restrictions, what had been mainly a face-to-face service switched to telephone-only. One major problem the advisors had to overcome was getting sight of and dealing with documents, when often the people seeking help had trouble with technology. They’ve managed by sharing documents on WhatsApp and printing them out in their own homes.

In the face of all these challenges, the FNA advice service helped over 100 people, with 185 separate problems last year. Of those, 56 gained an increase in their income averaging £3000 a person.

The FNA advice service is often an initial contact for new residents to activities in the area, and through the help of the Charlotte Street Association, the FNA also revived its partnership with the Mary Ward Centre and restarted the women’s arts and crafts group at the Fitzrovia Community Centre. Local women of all ages and backgrounds attend, many having first met the FNA through the advice service.

The FNA has facilitated residents’ access to local democratic processes. Although councillor’s and MP’s surgeries have moved elsewhere in the neighbourhood, the FNA has helped many residents with local planning issues, whether they affected individuals or whole areas.

Fitzrovia remains a mixed, diverse, lively residential and commercial community, with a high percentage of residents in council and housing association flats. Fitzrovia’s community spirit has not dissipated in the midst of great change and upheaval.

The FNA and its advice service play a large part in maintaining that spirit, and needs your FINANCIAL help to keep going

PLEASE WOULD YOU CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO ENSURE THAT THIS MOST WORTHWHILE CHARITY WORK CONTINUES

OUR BANK DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR WOULD LIKE TO MEET OUR US.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR KIND ATTENTION.

You can donate by Bank Transfer:

Bank: HSBC Bank, 39 Tottenham Court Road, W1
Sort Code: 40-07-07
Account name: Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association
Account number: 61153498

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