Sound Women Online Gig 2021-line up and booking!

We are very excited to announce the full line up for Sound Women 2021!

Being an online gig brings different challenges, but as always we have some truly remarkable women performing and it promises to be another amazing evening. One advantage of the online format is that Lisa Luxx will join us from Beirut for her performance! We will also be sharing some heartfelt original songs from the women of WomenCentre, written during lockdown, and we’ll throw in some songs that the audience can join in with 🙂

Please share the flyer with the women you work with and also with family and friends.  

Friends and family can book and donate to WomenCentre using Eventbrite (link on the attached flyer and here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-women-online-gig-tickets-142211356997

Weekly Migrant Information Hub update

 

Migrant Info Hub update #8: 27Feb – March 5th 2021

A variety of new and updated resources this week. We hope there is something useful for you here. Best wishes, MIH team

Translated Resources: Mental health & self-care, detailed official covid-restrictions, letters to high risk and vulnerable adults and young people, access to quality legal advice (and complaints procedures), vaccine explanation videos, updated detailed Covid-19 information leaflets and MP3s.

Information Resources: National Youth Agency Covid-19 Guidance & webinar, Public Health England: New ‘Covid-19 – Road Map explainers, Easy read roadmap infographic, Local radio from all over the world, Updated guidance for staff involved in accommodation for asylum seekers.

Training, events and research: Recorded Vaccine Webinar for Imams & Community Leaders, COVID-19 Vaccination – Workforce Cell Communications team – resources and requests around the vaccine rollout to ‘BAME’ health and social care workers.

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: Mental health and self care information

Mindwell Leeds have produced a range of information on their website which has a facility enabling you to change the language of each resource. These resources are therefore available in a huge range of languages. Note: Where resources mention services, they often offer national and regional organisations as well as services in Leeds.

2.    Translated: Detailed Stay at Home Guidance by UK Gov

UK.Gov have translated stay at home guidance which takes account of the recent roadmap announcements. Find out what you can and cannot do.

The summary covers, what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown, Hands. Face. Space, Reducing the chance of catching or spreading the virus in your home, When you can leave home, Meeting other people, Exercising, Face coverings, Support and childcare bubbles, If you break the rules, Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus, Going to work, Going to school or college, Universities, Childcare, Travel, International travel, Staying away from home overnight, Care home visits, Funerals, Weddings, civil partnerships and religious services, Places of worship, Sports and physical activity, Moving home, Financial support, Businesses and venues, Businesses and venues which can remain open, Healthcare and public services,


Available as a webpage in English, and as a PDF in Easy read, Large print, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shamukhi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

3.    Translated: UK Gov letter to people identified as high risk – aged 19 to 69

Translated reference-only version of letter to people identified as high risk by COVID-19 population risk assessment model, aged 19 to 69 sent 17 February 2020.

Available in: English, easy-read, large print, audio, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

4.    Translated: Videos – how vaccines protect you and others

Medical Aid Films have published these vaccine explainers, explaining how vaccines work, how they are produced, and how they are safety assured.

Available in: English, Arabic, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili

5.    Translated: Videos supporting vaccination

Retas worked together with language speaking health professionals to produce videos encouraging vaccine uptake (based on NHS guidance)

Available in: Arabic, Tigrinya and Blin (an Eritrean language)

6.    Translated: Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

 

UK.Gov translated a letter to clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

Available in English, Large Print, Easy Read, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

7.    Translated: How to access quality legal advice (and how to raise concerns about poor advice)

Posters from UK Gov explaining how to source quality advice.

8.    Translated: Doctors of the World – UK based detailed Covid -19 Information in Audio and Text

Doctors of the World has updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) translated resources, which are offered  in 60 languages, and in various formats.

English, Afrikaans, Afrikaans MP3, Albanian, Albanian MP3, Amharic, Amharic MP3, Arabic, Arabic MP3, Armenian, Armenian MP3, Bulgarian, Bulgarian MP3, Bengali, Bengali MP3 , Burmese, Burmese MP3 , Czech, Czech MP3, Dari, Dari MP3, Dutch, Dutch MP3, Estonian, Estonian MP3, Farsi, Farsi MP3 , Filipino, Filipino MP3, Finnish, Finnish MP3, French, French MP3, German, German MP3, Greek, Greek MP3, Gujarati, Gujarati MP3, Hausa, Hausa MP3, Hindi, Hindi MP3, Hungarian, Hungarian MP3, Igbo, Igbo MP3, Indonesian, Indonesian MP3, Italian, Italian MP3, Japanese, Kiswahili, Kiswahili MP3, Korean, Korean MP3 , Krio, Krio MP3, Kurdish (Sorani), Kurdish (Sorani) MP3, Latvian, Latvian MP3, Lithuanian, Lithuanian MP3, Mayalam, Mayalam MP3, Nepali, Nepali MP3, Oromo, Oromo MP3, Pahari, Pahari MP3, Pashto, Pashto MP3, Pidgin, Pidgin MP3, Polish, Polish MP3, Portuguese, Portuguese MP3, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (India) MP3, Romanian, Romanian MP3, Romani, Romani MP3, Russian, Russian MP3, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Simplified) MP3, Sindhi, Sindhi MP3 , Slovak, Slovak MP3, Somali, Somali MP3 , Spanish, Spanish MP3, Tamil, Tamil MP3, Tetum, Tetum MP3 , Tigrinya, Tigrinya MP3, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Traditional) MP3, Turkish, Turkish MP3 , Twi, Twi MP3, Urdu, Urdu MP3, Vietnamese, Vietnamese MP3, Wolof, Wolof MP3, Yiddish, Yiddish MP3, Yoruba, Yoruba MP3.

Information Resources

  1. National Youth Agency Covid-19 Guidance

The National Youth Agency (NYA), with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance to support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time. The full guidance document is available to download via the NYA website.  There is also a NYA Covid-19 guidance webinar available to watch

Public Health England have created new coronavirus campaigns and resources for ‘COVID-19 Response: Spring 2021′ – Road Map, ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ and ‘Back to School’. Roadmap key dates, Explainer Videos (see below) / Explainer Video BSL and Transcript, Social media animation: Social Contact Rules

Dudley Voices for Choice have created an easy read roadmap explainer.

Easy access to local radio from all over the world is available via Radio green

It has sections covering: General information, Residents with symptoms or positive test results, Contact tracing, Cohorting, Staff

 

Training, events and research

  1. Recorded Vaccine Webinar for Imams & Community Leaders

Dr Usman Choudry and Dr Fazel Butt from AskDoc deliver a Covid Vaccine Webinar for Imams & Community Leaders (published 25 February 2021 by Ask Doc)

  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Workforce Cell Communications team

NHS England and NHS Improvement have shared some resources to support the vaccine rollout among ‘BAME’ health and social care workers.

  • The new NHS England and NHS Improvement vaccine programme communications pack and NHS England and NHS Improvement staff vaccine campaign guide can be requested here.
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement have produced downloadable vaccine infographics
  • A video of why vaccination is important for health and social care colleagues featuring Dr Nikki Kanani and a video from the NHS chief people office, Prerana Issar
  • Example content we have received from colleagues to help us spread positive pro-vaccine messaging Dr Mayank Patel, Dr Carter Singh
  • COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccinationTranslated copies are available to download and more languages will be available soon. (this is a resource we have shared in this update before)

‘As well as sharing the content above and attached, there a few more ways you can help us to raise awareness of the vaccination programme with BAME staff and communities:

  • If you chair or are part of a relevant staff network, please add workforce vaccination to the agenda of any upcoming meetings to help promote the importance of vaccination and to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. We may be able to help provide speakers
  • Provide, and encourage colleagues to provide, content to help support vaccine messaging. This includes;
  • short videos – up to 90 seconds for social media platforms
  • supportive quotes – for social media and other electronic messaging
  • photographs of BAME staff receiving the vaccine – for social media platforms

We are particularly keen on reaching colleagues in estates and facilities, who are currently underrepresented in our communications. If you have particular links to this group, please pass on this email or share the details with us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch: nhsi.covid19.workforce-comms@nhs.net

Migrant Info Hub Update Information.

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EUSS NEW fact sheet translations

The government has added 26 translations of the factsheet which provides the key points of the EU Settlement Scheme on one side, and lists the support available on the reverse.

Available in български (Bulgarian), Česky (Czech), Cymraeg (Welsh), Dansk (Danish), Deutsche (German), Ελληνικά (Greek), Español (Spanish), Eesti (Estonian), Suomi (Finnish), Français (French), Gaeilge (Irish), Hrvatski (Croatian), Magyar (Hungarian), Íslensk (Icelandic), Italiano (Italian), Lietuvių (Lithuanian), Latviešu (Latvian), Malti (Maltese), Nederlands (Dutch), Norsk (Norwegian), Polski (Polish), Português (Portuguese), Română (Romanian), Slovenčina (Slovak), Slovenščina (Slovenian), Svensk (Swedish).

Weekly Migrant Information Hub update

 

Migrant Info Hub update #9: 6 March – 11 March 2021

Welcome to this week’s update, especially everyone who signed up this week. We hope you find these resources useful.

Thanks to everyone who created and shared resources. As always, all feedback is welcome.

Best wishes,

MIH team

Translated Resources: COVID-19 Vaccines Explained series, EU settlement scheme – factsheet, Astra Zeneca video explainer, Pfizer video explainer, Testing for coronavirus before hospital, How to stop the spread – easy read, Vaccination guide for older adults, Vaccination guide for healthcare workers, Vaccination for childbearing age, Vaccination for social care staff, What to expect after your vaccine and Why you are being asked to wait.

Information Resources: WomenCentre digital gallery for International Women’s Day, NHS update on text alerts for COVID jab and further government support for tenants.

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: COVID-19 Vaccines Explained Series

The World Health Organization has created a series of illustrated Vaccines Explained topics using infographics and videos.

  • Topic 1 – How Do Vaccines Work?

Available in English images, English videos, Arabic images, Arabic videos, Chinese images, Chinese videos, French images, French videos, Portuguese, Russian images, Russian videos, Spanish images, Spanish videos

  • Topic 2 – How Are Vaccines Developed?

Available in English images, English videos, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

  • Topic 3 – Manufacturing, Safety and Quality Control of Vaccines

Available in English images, English videos, Arabic, Chinese,  French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

  • Topic 4 – The Race for a Covid Vaccine

Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

  • Topic 5 – Access and Allocation

Available in English , Arabic , Chinese , French , Portuguese, Russian , Spanish

  • Topic 6 – Country Readiness for Covid –19 Vaccines

Available in English and Arabic

  • Topic 7 – The Effects of Virus Variants on Covid-19 Vaccines

Available in English

  • Routine immunization during COVID-19

Find out more about routine vaccines during the pandemic for you and your family:

Available in English , Arabic , Chinese , French , Russian  and Spanish

The government has added 26 translations of the factsheet which provides the key points of the EU Settlement Scheme on one side, and lists the support available on the reverse.

Available in български (Bulgarian), Česky (Czech), Cymraeg (Welsh), Dansk (Danish), Deutsche (German), Ελληνικά (Greek), Español (Spanish), Eesti (Estonian), Suomi (Finnish), Français (French), Gaeilge (Irish), Hrvatski (Croatian), Magyar (Hungarian), Íslensk (Icelandic), Italiano (Italian), Lietuvių (Lithuanian), Latviešu (Latvian), Malti (Maltese), Nederlands (Dutch), Norsk (Norwegian), Polski (Polish), Português (Portuguese), Română (Romanian), Slovenčina (Slovak), Slovenščina (Slovenian), Svensk (Swedish).

Gujarati and Turkish versions added

Gujarati version added

Punjabi (Pakistan) version added

Easy read version added

French and Ukrainian versions added

French and Ukrainian versions added

French and Ukrainian versions added

  1. Translated: Vaccination guide for social care staff

French and Ukrainian versions added

  1. Translated: What to expect after your vaccine

French and Ukrainian versions added

  1.  Translated: Vaccination – Why you are being asked to wait

French and Ukrainian versions added

Information Resources

  1. WomenCentre – Women, lockdown & the future

In celebration of International Women’s Day, WomenCentre have created a Digital Gallery to showcase the creative work of female participants in the Connecting Opportunities project. The gallery features Get Inspired creative sheets available to download – focusing on photography, drawing, poetry and conceptual art.

  1. NHS update on text alerts for COVID jab

The NHS will begin texting people from 10 March 2021 inviting them to book their COVID jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment.

For more information visit the NHS website.

  1. Further government support for commercial and residential tenants

The Government have announced that the ban on commercial evictions will be extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.

Migrant Info Hub Update Information.

  • This roundup will be sent weekly on Fridays
  • On the Updated Hub you can now search for resources by language, by topic or by date
  • If you have any feedback on the format or content of this weekly roundup, or the Migrant Info Hub, it is warmly welcome
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Kirklees Census Support Centres

From jeff mitchell KIRKLEES Census Team

Our Kirklees Census Support Centres at dip are here to help with general census queries, help you to fill in your census form or to discuss other ways to support you. Our Kirklees Census Support Centres are currently only offering remote support by telephone or video call.

Please contact for assistance and/or to make an appointment. Telephone calls to these two locations are through a freephone number.

Lines are open at dip (North Kirklees) and dip (South Kirklees) between 11.00am to 5.30pm Mon-Fri.

Get in touch to book an appointment.

On the phone – 0800 279 7861 or by email- mailbox@dipgroup.net

Find out more about our service on line at:-

https://census.gov.uk/help/find-a-census-support-centre

Emotional and Wellbeing Support for Migrants Training

Solace are regional leaders in providing therapeutic services for refugees.

This specialist training aims to equip professionals in supporting refugees and asylum seekers in improving their wellbeing and mental health.

Training Objectives:

Developing a greater understanding of how to help migrant groups in Kirklees- with emotional well-being. Comprising of:

1. Understanding the emotional health of migrant groups

2. Understand Solace’s therapeutic services and how to refer to us

3. To have strategies for communicating with migrant groups about emotional well-being

Please note: this is an invite only training session.

A zoom link, passcode and id number will sent after registration; nearer the event.

Date of the training:

Friday, 9 April 2021 10:30

Friday, 7 May 2021 10:30

For further details please contact: Abed Moubayed

email: abed.moubayed@kirklees.gov.uk

Tel: 01484 221000, ext: 76281

Eventbrite links to register on the training sessions:

Emotional and wellbeing support for Migrants-09.04.21

Emotional and wellbeing support for Migrants-07.05.21

Migrant Information Hub weekly update – Feb 20th-26th

Migrant Info Hub update #7: 20-26 February 2021

Dear colleagues and change-makers, another bumper update for you this week – thanks to all who shared, I hope there is something here to support your work, Trace.

In this week’s update:

New Translated Resources: The roadmap out of lockdown, Free access to healthcare, mental health and wellbeing, maternity, vaccines, vaccine scams, and getting tested before hospital treatment.

New Info Resources Guidance on; the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the region,  supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, , vaccine inequalities, school attendance and accessing quality EU Settlement Scheme advice. Vaccine campaign materials, vaccination inequalities.

New Training, Events and Research: Vaccine Q&A for Deaf communities, Free Children and young people’s psychological First Aid training, Community Leaders Test and Trace webinar, Surveys: EU nationals & Covid-19, Needed translations, Vaccines for All Campaign

 

New Translated Resources

 

  1. Translated: The roadmap out of lockdown and vaccine rollout update (Arabic)

An official translation of the “roadmap” out of lockdown announced 22 February, in Arabic shared by North Yorkshire County Council.

UK.Gov have translated key messages about access to Covid healthcare for visitors to the UK.

Available in: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali , Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Dari , Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Italian, Korean, Kurdish (Sorani), Lithuanian, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (Indian), Romanian, Russian, Sindhi, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yoruba All languages

UK.Gov has produced guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus covering what you need to know, what can help your mental health and wellbeing, challenges you may be facing, and here to get help. It also covers advice for groups with additional mental health needs or facing specific issues

Available in: English, Easy-read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

NHS England and NHS Improvement North West have produced thorough Maternity Safety Information in booklet and poster form.

Available in: English: Booklet, Posters, Amharic: Booklet, PostersArabic: Booklet, Posters, Bangla: Booklet, Posters, Farsi: Booklet, Posters, French: Booklet, Posters, Hindi: Booklet, Posters, Kurdish (Sorani): Booklet, Posters, Somali: Booklet, Posters, Spanish: Booklet, Posters, Tigrinya: Booklet, Posters, Urdu: Booklet, Posters

Covid-19 Infographics, Doctors of the World UK and London in your Language have created this infographic on general vaccine information which summarises why we have vaccines, how they work, and their safety.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Italian, Spanish, Persian (Farsi), Somali, Tamil, and Chinese.

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams, with advice videos in five South Asian languages.

Available in UrduPunjabiSylhetiTamil and Gujarati.

UK.Gov translated guidance on how and when to get tested before going into hospital

Available in: English, Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Slovene, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

Information Resources

  1. Resource to support the health and wellbeing needs of individuals seeking asylum

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network have produced a stakeholder resource to support the health and wellbeing needs of individuals seeking asylum across Yorkshire and the Humber.

UK.Gov advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people

Social media platforms and celebrities are teaming up with government and NHS to launch a new nationwide social media campaign to show support for vaccine roll-out. The Facebook frames and GIPHY stickers will be available in English from Friday 19 February and in all UK language variations from Monday 22 February.

Updated government guidance on school attendance during Covid-19. Despite new national restrictions nurseries, schools and colleges will remain open.

There is less than a year until the end of the EU Settlement Scheme. It is important people get the right advice from the right people to help you with their application. This specially produced OISC video explains how to find a local registered OISC Immigration Adviser.

  • Vaccination inequalities and measures

NHS England/Improvement have this week published information here about addressing vaccination inequalities and specifically mentions refugees and asylum seekers. They are also looking to further develop opportunities for people to get vaccinated at more accessible sites within the community.

Training, events and research

  1. Vaccine Q&A session for Deaf communities – Thursday 11th March, 12:30pm-2:30pm

A Vaccine Q&A session for members of deaf communities across the region

Public Health England has developed online Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

A webinar for leaders and influencers working with communities adversely affected by COVID-19 Agenda items include: voluntary organisations critical role, protecting you and your community against Covid-19,  self isolation to vaccinations, supporting people with bubbles, shielding and isolation, why testing is such an important part in breaking the chains of transmission, local contact tracing partnerships, privacy and data concerns around the NHS Covid-19 App, vaccinating communities adversely impacted by Covid-19

Europia have released a new survey to find out what people from EU national communities in the UK think about COVID-19. Closes on Friday 12 March 2021. English, Polish, Romanian

  • Doctors of the world Vaccine information Survey

Doctors of the world are conducting a survey asking where the needs are in translated resources: https://forms.gle/hUMwsj3KD5f6viUKA

  • Vaccines for All Campaign

The Patients Not Passports network have (re)-launched the Vaccines for All campaign www.vaccineforall.co.uk, Over 230 organisations have signed up to call on the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure that everyone can access the coronavirus vaccine, regardless of immigration status, ID or proof of address.Organisations can get involved via the website

Migrant Info Hub Update Information.

  • This roundup will be sent weekly on Fridays
  • On the Updated Hub you can now search for resources by language, by topic or by date
  • If you have any feedback on the format or content of this weekly roundup, or the Migrant Info Hub, it is warmly welcome
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Migrant Info Hub update #7: 20-26 February 2021

Dear colleagues and change-makers, another bumper update for you this week – thanks to all who shared, I hope there is something here to support your work, Trace.

In this week’s update:

New Translated Resources: The roadmap out of lockdown, Free access to healthcare, mental health and wellbeing, maternity, vaccines, vaccine scams, and getting tested before hospital treatment.

New Info Resources Guidance on; the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the region,  supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, , vaccine inequalities, school attendance and accessing quality EU Settlement Scheme advice. Vaccine campaign materials, vaccination inequalities.

New Training, Events and Research: Vaccine Q&A for Deaf communities, Free Children and young people’s psychological First Aid training, Community Leaders Test and Trace webinar, Surveys: EU nationals & Covid-19, Needed translations, Vaccines for All Campaign

 

New Translated Resources

 

  1. Translated: The roadmap out of lockdown and vaccine rollout update (Arabic)

An official translation of the “roadmap” out of lockdown announced 22 February, in Arabic shared by North Yorkshire County Council.

UK.Gov have translated key messages about access to Covid healthcare for visitors to the UK.

Available in: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali , Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Dari , Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Italian, Korean, Kurdish (Sorani), Lithuanian, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (Indian), Romanian, Russian, Sindhi, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yoruba All languages

UK.Gov has produced guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus covering what you need to know, what can help your mental health and wellbeing, challenges you may be facing, and here to get help. It also covers advice for groups with additional mental health needs or facing specific issues

Available in: English, Easy-read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

NHS England and NHS Improvement North West have produced thorough Maternity Safety Information in booklet and poster form.

Available in: English: Booklet, Posters, Amharic: Booklet, PostersArabic: Booklet, Posters, Bangla: Booklet, Posters, Farsi: Booklet, Posters, French: Booklet, Posters, Hindi: Booklet, Posters, Kurdish (Sorani): Booklet, Posters, Somali: Booklet, Posters, Spanish: Booklet, Posters, Tigrinya: Booklet, Posters, Urdu: Booklet, Posters

Covid-19 Infographics, Doctors of the World UK and London in your Language have created this infographic on general vaccine information which summarises why we have vaccines, how they work, and their safety.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Italian, Spanish, Persian (Farsi), Somali, Tamil, and Chinese.

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams, with advice videos in five South Asian languages.

Available in UrduPunjabiSylhetiTamil and Gujarati.

UK.Gov translated guidance on how and when to get tested before going into hospital

Available in: English, Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Slovene, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

Information Resources

  1. Resource to support the health and wellbeing needs of individuals seeking asylum

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network have produced a stakeholder resource to support the health and wellbeing needs of individuals seeking asylum across Yorkshire and the Humber.

UK.Gov advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people

Social media platforms and celebrities are teaming up with government and NHS to launch a new nationwide social media campaign to show support for vaccine roll-out. The Facebook frames and GIPHY stickers will be available in English from Friday 19 February and in all UK language variations from Monday 22 February.

Updated government guidance on school attendance during Covid-19. Despite new national restrictions nurseries, schools and colleges will remain open.

There is less than a year until the end of the EU Settlement Scheme. It is important people get the right advice from the right people to help you with their application. This specially produced OISC video explains how to find a local registered OISC Immigration Adviser.

  • Vaccination inequalities and measures

NHS England/Improvement have this week published information here about addressing vaccination inequalities and specifically mentions refugees and asylum seekers. They are also looking to further develop opportunities for people to get vaccinated at more accessible sites within the community.

Training, events and research

  1. Vaccine Q&A session for Deaf communities – Thursday 11th March, 12:30pm-2:30pm

A Vaccine Q&A session for members of deaf communities across the region

Public Health England has developed online Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

A webinar for leaders and influencers working with communities adversely affected by COVID-19 Agenda items include: voluntary organisations critical role, protecting you and your community against Covid-19,  self isolation to vaccinations, supporting people with bubbles, shielding and isolation, why testing is such an important part in breaking the chains of transmission, local contact tracing partnerships, privacy and data concerns around the NHS Covid-19 App, vaccinating communities adversely impacted by Covid-19

Europia have released a new survey to find out what people from EU national communities in the UK think about COVID-19. Closes on Friday 12 March 2021. English, Polish, Romanian

  • Doctors of the world Vaccine information Survey

Doctors of the world are conducting a survey asking where the needs are in translated resources: https://forms.gle/hUMwsj3KD5f6viUKA

  • Vaccines for All Campaign

The Patients Not Passports network have (re)-launched the Vaccines for All campaign www.vaccineforall.co.uk, Over 230 organisations have signed up to call on the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure that everyone can access the coronavirus vaccine, regardless of immigration status, ID or proof of address.Organisations can get involved via the website

Migrant Info Hub Update Information.

  • This roundup will be sent weekly on Fridays
  • On the Updated Hub you can now search for resources by language, by topic or by date
  • If you have any feedback on the format or content of this weekly roundup, or the Migrant Info Hub, it is warmly welcome
  • Please feel free to share this information with your networks – new subscribers can sign up here

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International Women’s Day – 8th 2021 March Events guide during

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

Covid19 vaccination training

From North Kirklees CCG: The Covid-19 vaccination rollout is well underway in Kirklees and we are currently offering appointments to people in the first priority groups. There has been a very positive response to date but we know some communities are likely to be more hesitant about having their vaccine and community engagement will play a key part in helping to build confidence and trust.

A number of short online briefing sessions are being arranged for voluntary organisations and Community Voices to support conversations with local communities. These will run through the key information on the vaccines and discuss handling approaches for common questions and concerns. Materials will be circulated beforehand to discuss at the session.

The sessions will be for small groups to enable as much discussion as possible so we are asking for representatives from organisations/teams to attend and feedback to their colleagues afterwards. It may be possible to arrange some additional sessions for full teams so please let us know if you would find this helpful.

The sessions for Kirklees are below and are being held online via Microsoft Teams:

Monday 1st February, 3pm Wednesday 3rd February 11.15am

If you would like to join the training please email nkccg.nkghengagement@nhs.net letting us know which date you would prefer to attend, your name, email address and which organisation you are attending behalf of. Please book early as places are limited.

Online event for Holocaust Memorial Day

We are pleased to invite you to an online event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, beginning at  11am on Wednesday 27th January:

The theme of Be the light in the darkness is particularly apt for many people who have been facing difficult circumstances during the last 10 months.

Remember from home :   http://tiny.cc/6MillionPlus

The event will include puppetry and performances from refugees and friends involved in the Collect Your Belongings project as well as candle lighting and reflections from Iby Knill, local authority and faith leaders. Many of the contributions were photographed and filmed in  homes in Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds during lockdown.  We thank everyone for helping to make the event possible. 

The event will be available to watch on youtube after 27th January . 


“I was there in the darkness of the Holocaust. Walk towards the light and take people with you.” 

Iby Knill, Auchswitz survivor

For further details please contact:

Kim Strickson
Project Coordinator
07812 782082

Holiday services

TSL and the Migration Team will be closed from 18th December 2020 to 4th January 2021

Huddersfield Mission

We will be open as usual except for the bank holidays on 25th& 28th December and 1st January. Customers can contact the Mission as usual by phoning 01484 421461 emailing info@huddersfieldmission.org.uk or if they do not have a telephone knocking on the main glass doors during office hours (someone will come and speak to them at the main glass door).

DASH is closed from 25th December 2020 and reopen Mon 4 January 2021.

WomenCentre Kirklees services over the holiday period:

During the holiday period, women can access by phone and we will be signposting if necessary on Tues 29th, Wed 30th and Thur 31st Dec.

WomenCentre number is on divert:  Kirklees Office    –    01484 450866

Jobcentre Plus offices will be:

Closed –       Thurs 24th Dec till Mon 28th Dec.

Reopen –      Tues 29th Dec till Thurs 31st Dec.

Closed –       Fri 1st Jan

Re-open –     Mon 4th Jan.

The Whitehouse Centre opening times, during the Christmas period.

Open: Monday- Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Closed for Bank Holidays on: Friday 25th December; Monday 28th December and Friday 1st January.

We are operating a telephone first service because of coronavirus and only see people in appointments if necessary.

Please can patients bear in mind, they need to call early in the day. Calls after 2pm, will be moved onto the next working day- if they are not urgent.

For repeat prescriptions, please request these 48 hours in advance of running out.

Business as usual for us. If you need any support you must contact Migrant Help first on 0808 8010 503

Please contact 01484 414933 as daytime and these calls go through to the out of hours emergency duty team after Gateway to Care have closed.

  • Post decision team: Not all team members are working. Everyone is off during the bank holidays. People can call  on 01484 221350 and ask for “Housing Solutions”
  • INAT: The service is contactable via 01484221919 or email to the mailbox ess.inat@kirklees.gov.uk There will be someone available until the 24th December and staff will return on the 4th January 2021. If a family need support with food poverty they will need to contact community response or asylum seeking families can contact their housing or welfare managers if they have covid related issues.
  • Migration and Resettlement Team: the team will be on a break starting from the 24th December and back on the 4th January

Hungary – A European Christmas Story

In Hungary, Christmas Eve is very important and is called ‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree. Sometimes only the adults decorate the tree (without the children there), so when children come in and see the tree, it’s a great surprise and they are told that angels brought the tree for them!

Christmas markets are a highlight of the holiday season in Budapest – and the most celebrated is at Vörösmarty Square. Named one of the best Christmas markets in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler, this world-renowned holiday market features over 100 wooden stalls selling traditional Hungarian handicrafts. Folk music and the scent of mulled wine fill the air, while open kitchens serve holiday comfort food like nokedli dumplings, lángos and chimney cakes. It’s no surprise that the Vörösmarty Square Christmas Fair, attracts thousands of visitors every holiday season.

Much like North American caroling, regölés or “singing good wishes” is a Hungarian holiday tradition. From December 26th until New Year’s Day, singers called ‘regősök’ travel from house to house singing songs of good wishes to their neighbors. Historically, this was “a custom of singing about the magic of nature, greetings, wishing for abundance, drawing couples together and collecting donations.” These Hungarian carols can still be heard throughout the holiday season.

The Midnight Mass service is very popular in Hungary. Most people go to Church after their Christmas meal.

On Christmas Eve children also hope that they will be left some presents under the Christmas Tree. They’re told that the presents are brought by Jesus, he’s often called “Jézuska”, a nickname or cuter version for “Jézus”. Children wait outside the room where the tree is and when they hear bells ringing, they can enter and the presents await them under the Christmas tree.

On Christmas Day people visit their families.

St. Nicholas also visits Hungary on the 6th December. In Hungary he is known as ‘Mikulás’. Children leave out shoes or boots on a windowsill- to be filled with goodies! Presents might also be brought by Télapó (Old Man Winter).

In Hungarian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Boldog karácsonyt’ (Happy Christmas) or ‘Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket’ (pleasant Christmas holidays).

A personal story:

By Melinda Stefanovics

I am from Hungary and I completed my high school there. Then I was studying to become a hairdresser . When I was eighteen years old I moved to England with my family- for a better future. I started studying English, then I did some courses like interpreting and sewing. I worked in care homes, factories and offices.

Q1. What do you have for Christmas dinner?

Traditional Christmas dinner is fisherman’s soup; stuffed cabbage, turkey, broth etc. Then we have lots of cakes and sweets like poppy seed roll, Gerbaud cake, coconut ball. There are many more dishes and different menus, in Hungarian houses.

Q2. What is your fondest memories of Christmas?

Memories off Christmas it’s about the family together dressing the Christmas tree Altogether on the 24th evening mum cooking baking all day and when everything done The family sit down eat together and at midnight everyone from the community goes to Church to remembering Jesus on his birthday

Q3. What types of presents do you get from friends and family?

Presents can be anything from chocolates to clothes to pictures and money. Whatever the next person give, we will take it, because a gift is a gift and it comes with love!

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Netherlands – A European Christmas Story

In The Netherlands, the most important day for children is the 5th of December which is St. Nicholas’ Eve or ‘Pakjesavond’ means ‘present evening’ when St. Nicholas delivers presents. Children will leave a shoe out by the fireplace or on a windowsill and sing St Nicholas songs. Most of the songs date from the 19th and early 20th century. They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for St Nicholas’s horse, they will be left some sweets or small presents.

‘Pepernoot’ are sweet biscuits that are eaten at ‘Sinterklaas’ parties, which are made with cinnamon and spices in the biscuit mix. Christmas celebrations in The Netherlands are separate from the visit of Sinterklaas.

Christmas Day in The Netherlands is traditionally a quiet day with a church service and a family meal. Sometimes there is a special Christmas Day ‘Sunday School’ in the afternoon at the church, where the Christmas Story and other traditional stories are told.

On Christmas Eve night, Dutch children believe that Santa Claus, who is also called ‘Christmas man’ / ‘Kerstman’ to avoid confusion with Sinterklaas, comes from Lapland in Finland to deliver more presents. Christmas Day is known as ‘Eerste Kerstdag’ (first Christmas day) and the day after Christmas is called ‘Tweede Kerstdag’ (second Christmas day). On Tweede Kerstdag, people often visit their families and larger shops are often open. The traditional way to eat with the family is called ‘gourmetten’, which is a little stove that is put on the table and where everyone prepares their own meal while seated.

Many people in The Netherlands also have a Christmas tree in their house. The Christmas tree is called the paradise tree. One can buy artificial trees or real pine trees. Some people build wooden Christmas pyramids and decorate them with evergreens and candles. In Dutch Happy/Merry Christmas can be said as ‘Prettige Kerst’ (Happy Christmas), ‘Zalig Kerstfeest’ or ‘Zalig Kerstmis’ (both mean Merry Christmas) or ‘Vrolijk Kerstfeest’ (Cheerful Christmas).

A personal story:

By Annelieke McGillivary

Q1. What do you have for Christmas dinner?

At Christmas time in the Netherlands ‘gourmetten’ is a popular and traditional way to eat. It involves putting a hot plate / grill in the middle of the table with some small pans underneath. You cook mini pieces of meat, seafood and vegetables yourself and you can also make mini omelettes in the small pans.

Q2. What is your fondest memories of Christmas?

Spending time with family and loved ones! Especially this year I’ve learned not to take family time for granted. We also traditionally go for a nice long family walk.

Q3. What types of presents do you get from friends and family?

It’s only in recent years the Dutch give presents to each other at Christmas. We have another celebration, mainly for children, on the 5th of December (‘Sinterklaas’) which involves giving presents so most families with children don’t do many presents at Christmas. When I grew up we got 1 present each at Christmas whilst celebrating Sinterklaas with more presents. The type of presents are similar to the presents given here; toys, perfume, books, board games etc.

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Slovakia – A European Christmas Story

In Slovakia many people are Roman Catholic, so they start off the Christmas period by celebrating advent from four Sundays before Christmas Day. It is common during advent to have an advent wreathe and to light a candle for each of the four Sundays up to Christmas. Each candle has a different meaning with the first two candles and the last candle being a purple colour and the third Sunday having a pink coloured candle. Typically the first candle represents hope, the second represents love, the third candle represents joy and the fourth and final candle represents peace.

There is often Christmas markets across the country to celebrate the Christmas period during December. The Christmas markets are usually lit up and sell Christmas gifts, traditional Slovakian food as well as beer and wine.

On 6th December it is common for people to celebrate St Nicholas’ Day which is when St Nicholas, or Mikuláš as he is known in Slovakia, delivers presents to well behaved children. 

Usually people in Slovakia put their Christmas tree up on 23rd December in time for Christmas Eve on December 24th. Traditionally Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve, which is also known as Štedrý večer, is a big celebration in Slovakia with many people attending midnight mass. For the children it is believed that baby Jesus delivers the Christmas gifts rather than Santa Claus and it is traditional to open presents whilst eating Dinner on Christmas Eve.

In Slovakia it is traditional to eat Carp for Christmas which is a type of fish and some families will leave a spare plate out for loved ones who are no longer with them as a way to remember them.

After Christmas Day on December 26th people in Slovakia celebrate St Stephens day. St Stephen was martyred for his belief in Jesus and Christianity and he was the first Martyr in the Christian faith.

A personal story:

By Nicki Hlousek

Q1. What do you have for Christmas dinner?

The traditional Christmas dinner as well as the main celebrations including exchanging of presents happen evening of 24th December. The most traditional Christmas dinner would consist of sauerkraut soup (this sounds dreadful but is actually rather tasty), fried carp (many people now replace that with chicken or turkey schnitzel) served with a delicious potato salad. Sometimes we make schnitzel with potato salad and have this on Christmas eve still but we tend to find it is quite a lot of food with all the chocolate and sweets normally consumed in our house over Christmas and have opted out of this tradition entirely last two years. But because my boyfriend loves the dish so much it keeps returning and might be on the menu again this year.

Q2. What is your fondest memories of Christmas?

I always love when I can spend Christmas along with both my brother and my mom and my partner. This does not happen that often as we try to take turns around where we celebrate Christmas. Since we got our two cats two years ago it is becoming more difficult for us to travel to Slovakia during Christmas period too. The best memories of Christmas are the ones where we spent some time together with the wider family like cousins, uncles and so – I very much prefer when there is more of us together.

Q3. What types of presents do you get from friends and family?

In Slovakia it is not traditional to gift sweets or chocolates or stockings at all. We normally make the effort and buy ‘cool’ presents. One of the rules in our house is to try and avoid gifting useful things as much as possible and try to go over the top with things that aren’t going to be something you would buy for yourself but would still very much rather have if that makes sense. Now I am not sure if that is keeping up with either traditions.

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Portugal – A European Christmas Story

I was born in the Northern Portuguese City of Porto. 

In Portugal food is a big part of the culture and family life. On Christmas Day, we eat polvo (octopus) for lunch and have cabrito, which is roasted goat kid, for our evening meal.

During Christmas time, I remember my (Avo) grandmother preparing a dish called Bacalhau: dried salted cod fish soaked overnight; this is a traditional dish eaten at Christmas Eve.  We would also have other dishes including rabanadas that is thick bread soaked in wine, milk, cinnamon and then this would be fried. 

Christmas Eve was the time when gifts would be exchanged between family and friends.  We exchange gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. I am 18 now and don’t remember if they used to say that Father Christmas had brought presents when I was younger. Every year, my mum would create a Christmas Day at my home in the UK before I flew to Portugal and I would open my presents from ‘Santa’ on our pretend Christmas morning (even though it might be December 21st or 22nd!).

In Portugal, my family have a Christmas tree decorated in the same style as in the UK and the towns have Christmas lights just the same as here. Of course, Portugal is a Catholic country so this is central to the festive celebrations and my grandparents will go to a missa (service) at their local igreja (church) on Christmas morning.

I love spending Christmas in Portugal with my family as each year I won’t have seen them since the summer holidays so it is a very special time.  And because I also have a pretend Christmas Day at home with my mum and family in the UK, I have the best of both worlds!!

A personal story:

By Eduardo Ferreira 

Q1. What do you have for Christmas dinner?

The traditional meal at Christmas in Portugal is Bacalhau that is known as dried salted cod fish that is Eaten on Christmas Eve.  We also eat polvo (Octopus) on Christmas Day for lunch and roasted Goat for our evening meal.   For dessert, we would have Bolo Rei which is a sweet bread with dried fruits and nuts, topped with candied fruit and powdered sugar.

Q2. What is your fondest memories of Christmas?

Spending Christmas in Portugal with family each year is a very special time for me with family and seeing my grandmother preparing traditional food: Bacalhau.

Q3. What types of presents do you get from friends and family?

Various gifts are exchanged at Christmas time between families.

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Latvia – A European Christmas Story

Latvia claims to be the home of the first Christmas Tree. The first documented use of an evergreen tree at Christmas and New Year celebrations is in town square of Riga, the capital of Latvia, in the year 1510. Lots of people think the Christmas Tree first came from Germany, but the first recorded one is in Latvia.

Christmas Markets in Latvia attract many tourists and people loved to shop gifts for their loved ones from here. The streets of the market are beautifully decorated; you will also get to taste some of the finest samples of good food at the Riga Christmas Market.

Christmas in some areas of Latvia is celebrated traditionally, whereas some areas know how to balance tradition and craze at the same time.  The people of Latvia do lots of preparations to welcome the festival of Christmas. They decorate their houses with evergreen Christmas trees and use various glittery small items and hang them on the trees.

Children in Latvia believe that Santa Claus (also known as Ziemassvētku vecītis – brings their presents. The present are usually put under the Christmas tree. The presents are opened on during the Evening of Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

Often the presents are secretly put under the tree, when people are not around. Sometimes to get a present- you have to recite a short poem, while standing next to the Christmas Tree. Before Christmas, children learn to say poems by heart. You might also get a present by singing, playing a musical instrument or doing a dance.

A personal story:

By Inta Gulbe

Q1. What do you have for Christmas dinner?

The special Latvian Christmas Day meal is cooked brown or grey peas with bacon (pork) sauce, small pies, cabbage & sausage, bacon rolls and gingerbread.

Q2. What is your fondest memories of Christmas?

Christmas has always been a very important holiday for my family, which we all welcomed together. And needed a good reason not to participate.  We lived in Riga, but when we had the opportunity, we drove to wait for Christmas at my cousin’s country house surrounded by forest with three beautiful Christmas trees in the middle of the yard, which were decorated … and Santa Claus always came out of the forest with a gift bag on a sled. 

The children’s excitement was unique, and we adults did not remain indifferent either.  Christmas was unimaginable without the smell of gingerbread at home, the dinner table had to have various pies, pork roast with oven-baked sauerkraut and various other delicacies.  If there was an opportunity and there was no deep snow, then in the evening we went to church.  Of course, everyone likes gifts, especially children, but my best gift was the opportunity to be with my loved ones. 

At Christmas, all the cities were decorated and there are markets.  Latvians are great knitters and can buy very beautiful and original gifts. 

I have lived in Huddersfield for 7 years, I really like it here, but my family is divided, and we have not been able to get everyone together again … it is sad!

Q3. What types of presents do you get from friends and family?

Children in Latvia believe that Santa Claus (also known as Ziemassvētku vecītis – brings their presents. The present are usually put under the Christmas tree. The presents are opened on during the Evening of Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

Often the presents are secretly put under the tree when people are not around. Sometimes to get a present you have to recite a short poem while standing next to the Christmas Tree. Before Christmas children learn to say poems by heart. You might also get a present by singing, playing a musical instrument or doing a dance.

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