Hackney Migrant Centre runs a weekly drop-in advice service every Wednesday in the rooms at the back of St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Rise, London, E8 2LJ. We do not provide appointments, but see the first 20 visitors to arrive on Wednesdays. We open our doors at 8am and register the first 20 people at 8.30am. Demand is high for our service and people arrive very early to be in the first 20.

Please be aware that you have to be there in person when we start registration at 8.30am.

If we cannot see you on the day, we will provide you with a list of other services you may wish to try. If you are unable to come on a Wednesday a list of other services are available by clicking here.

During the drop-in we offer free advice and casework on:

  • Immigration
  • Homelessness and insecure housing, including destitution cases with “no recourse to public funds” (NRPF)
  • Poverty relief, including food bank vouchers and small grants
  • Health advocacy, for help with access to NHS services, GP registration and problems with NHS charges.

Important information

If you are attending the drop-in it is very important to bring with you any documents you have about your immigration status, including refusal letters and tribunal decisions, as this will help our advisers.

If you need immigration advice, and you have been to the First-Tier Tribunal before, you must bring the decision from that hearing, otherwise we cannot advise you. If you do not have it, you can call the Tribunal’s customer service line and get them to send it to you.

If you come to Hackney Migrant Centre for immigration or housing advice, please bring 6 months’ worth of bank statements with you, if you have a bank account.

We offer everyone who accesses our service, a free, nutritious, cooked meal and a safe and welcoming environment. We do not provide casework on benefit issues, debt, employment or mental health support, but will offer limited support and signposting to relevant services

Our drop-in takes place in the rooms at the back of St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Rise, London, E8 2LJ. Enter the building from the church car park on Colvestone Crescent.

How to find us

You can reach us by bus or overground.


236Stop P, Ridley Road Market. 1-minute walk

67, 76, 149, 243Stop T, Rio Cinema on Kingsland High Road. 5-minute walk


Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction