Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 18 July-24 September 2021

Updated Translated Resources

1.Translated: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one

Gov.UK have updated their face covering guidance for September 2021 to demonstrate:

  • When to wear a face covering
  • How to make your own face covering
  • How to show an exemption from wearing one
  • Links to printable exemption cards

The guidance is available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese and Urdu

New Information Resources

1. Direct and indirect health impacts of Covid-19 in England

The Department of Health and Social Care and Office for National Statistics have prepared a paper on the direct and indirect health impacts of Covid-19 between March 2020 and Spring 2021.

A short version of the paper (18 pages) was published on 9th September 2021.

2. Covid-19 Transmission in Hotels and Managed Quarantine Facilities

A paper prepared by the Environmental Modelling Group (EMG), EMG Transmission Group, and SPI-B on transmission in Managed Quarantine Facilities (MQFs).

It provides analysis of current evidence and understanding of the COVID-19 transmission risks associated with hotels and MQFs, to understand whether there are risk factors specific to hotels.

3. Guidance for unaccompanied students under 18 travelling to England from a red list country

Gov.UK has published guidance on where higher education and further education students can quarantine if they arrive in England from a red list country.

Students aged 18 or above must follow the standard quarantine rules for red list arrivals.

4. Migration health research in the United Kingdom: A scoping review

A review of migrant health research has been published, outlining trends in research in the last couple of decades and setting out recommendations for the future research agenda.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 11th -17th September 2021

Leeds City Council’s Communications department are currently setting up a Winter Response group, which will co-ordinate communications on Covid-19 and various other interlinked issues around Winter and health.

To ensure the Communities toolkit remains relevant, they would like volunteers to complete this 5-minute survey to highlight your needs and indicate how you’re using/have used the toolkit:

The latest iteration of the toolkit includes:

  • Two new government items (Vaccines Toolkit by the Cabinet Office and Back to Schools/Colleges guidance by the Dept of Education)
  • Links to social media artwork displaying vaccination locations for 16-17 year olds

Updated Translated Resources

  1. Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) – updated

Gov.UK have updated their guidance on how everyone can help stop the spread of coronavirus in line with the latest Step 4 guidance and the government’s plan for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi (Pakistani), Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

2. Translated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people (updated)

New guidance for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

This updated guidance is now available in: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

New Information Resources

  1. Barriers to Wellbeing – report into unmet healthcare in migrant communities

The University of Birmingham has published a report into Doctors Of The World’s casework, proving significant unmet healthcare needs and an evident digital divide in migrant patients during the first wave of the pandemic.

 Key findings from the report

  • The average number of consultations per month dropped drastically from approximately 170 before the pandemic to 50 during the pandemic
  • Service users were much more likely to find themselves in inadequate housing
  • Significant barriers to GP registration remained
  • Percentage of undocumented service users decreased, while the percentage of asylum seekers increased.
  • There was a significant increase in service users reporting ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health

2. Covid-19: easy read vaccine resources for young people with learning disabilities

Gov.UK have produced an easy read guide for children and young people (aged 12-15) with learning disabilities, explaining what they can expect when they receive their Covid-19 vaccination. Additionally, a Coronavirus vaccine consent form for young people is available.

3. Covid-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

The UK government has published guidance on Covid-19 vaccination for eligible children and young people aged 12 – 17.

4. A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

Following the news that people aged 50 years and over, health and social care workers and younger people at risk are being offered a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine this autumn, the UK government have published a guide to booster vaccinations.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 25 September-1 October 2021

Updated Translated Resources

1.Translated: Official – How to take a home Covid test

The UK government have expanded their range of translations for their COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions.

Now available in: English, Easy Read, Large Print, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Slovenian, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

Free online BSL interpretation services for the NHS are also available.

2. Translated: Antibody test kits

Guides for taking the antibody test have been translated into the following languages: Bangla, Chinese (Simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

New Information Resources

1. ‘Caring for vulnerable migrant women’ – guide for midwives and maternity support workers

The Royal College of Midwives has produced ‘Caring for vulnerable migrant women’ which is a pocket guide for midwives and maternity support workers, covering a range of topics.

2. Hardship arrangements for those unable to pay for managed quarantine or testing

The UK government has published guidance on financial support for people who cannot afford the managed quarantine and testing fees associated with ‘essential travel’ to the UK during the pandemic.

3. Migrant Health Guide: countries A-Z

The UK government has updated its migrant health advice and guidance on prevalence of communicable diseases and other health topics from different countries.

Migrant Health – Weekly update

  1. Migrant Health Guide

Lots of updates to the Migrant Health Guide. The following pages have major updates:

Communicable disease pages have also been updated with new prevalence statistics and guidance on testing and management:

Country pages that have been updated this week:

  1. Digital exclusion and health inequalities

To support the Health Foundation’s COVID-19 impact inquiry, Good Things Foundation, the Health Foundation and the King’s Fund joined to convene a diverse group of people with a shared interest in tackling digital exclusion and health inequalities. The workshop was also an opportunity to make and strengthen connections, and share experience on promising approaches, opportunities and how to achieve sustained and inclusive change. Their paper gives an overview of digital exclusion and its relationship to health, social and economic aspects of people’s lives; who is affected; how the pandemic has impacted on this; and what responses we have seen.

  1. Report on migration and vulnerability during the pandemic

A new report on migration and vulnerability during the pandemic was produced as part of the University of Birmingham Vulnerable Migrants’ Wellbeing Project led by Professor Jenny Phillimore (and funded by the Nuffield Foundation and ESRC IAA). The report, which shows significant unmet healthcare needs and deep digital divide in migrant patients during first wave of the pandemic, draws on Doctors of the World’s anonymised service users’ data at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. Amongst the key findings of the report:

  • The average number of consultations per month dropped drastically from approximately 170 before the pandemic to 50 during the pandemic
  • Service Users were much more likely to find themselves in inadequate housing
  • Significant barriers to GP registration remained
  • Percentage of undocumented service users decreased, while the percentage of asylum seekers increased.
  • There was a significant increase in service users reporting ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 14th -20th August 2021

Migration Yorkshire has launched the Migration news roundup for anyone interested in migration but without lots of time to search for news.

The roundup is a new, weekly service drawing together news items on migration, covering policy, immigration law, individual stories, research and statistics, mainly relating to the UK but also with a snapshot of overseas stories.

New Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Change in vaccination guidance for people working or deployed in care homes

GOV.UK have announced that from 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.

Available in: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish (Sorani), Nepali, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu.

1.Translated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people

New guidance has been created for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance is now available in: Audio, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

2.Translated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people

New guidance has been created for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is now available in: Audio, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

3.Translated: Covid vaccine information for people without an NHS number

Public Health England and the NHS have issued a guidance letter to help those without an NHS number obtain a vaccine and register with a GP.

This is available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Punjabi, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, and Urdu.

4.Translated: Workplace rights during pregnancy and maternity leave

Maternity Action have published comprehensive guidance for parents during pregnancy and maternity leave regarding workplace rights, pay and redundancy.

Individual translations available in Chinese (Simplified), Filipino, French, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish via the main page.

Information Resources

1.Vaccine Confidence Toolkit

Doctors of the World have kindly shared their Vaccine Confidence Toolkit, a resource aimed at assisting community leaders in encouraging people to take up the vaccine.

The toolkit includes Vaccine Confidence slides and speaker notes and will soon be available in 5 community languages.

PHE resources – Migrant Health Team

Animations aimed at healthcare professionals in England

The Public Health England National Migrant Health Team have produced two animations:

Clarifying NHS entitlements for migrants , which consists of six short sections:

  • Section 1- Introduction to Entitlements for Migrants
  • Section 2- Karman’s Story (case study provided by Doctors of the World)
  • Section 3- NHS Entitlements to Primary Care in England
  • Section 4- NHS Entitlements to Secondary Care in England
  • Section 5- Dental Treatment for Migrants in England
  • Section 6- Assessing New Patients from Overseas

Keeping up to date with vaccinations for migrants.

These animated resources address recommendations arising from a stakeholder engagement exercise to improve the Migrant Health Guide NHS entitlements page, done in 2019, which asked for more clarity about NHS entitlements and to adopt a more culturally sensitive approach. These outputs will also complement a suite of PHE and NHSE/I COVID-19 vaccination resources (for the general public) being made available to mitigate vaccination inequalities.

The animations aim to dispel fears of being charged for free NHS services, supports PHE’s role in reducing health inequalities by clarifying entitlements to healthcare and upholds the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Doctors of the World social prescribing resources to support migrants

New DOTW guidance on how social prescribing workers can support migrants.

COVID-19 translated advice and guidance is available on the PHE Migrant Health Guide here

PHE COVID-19 guidance collection page for the general public includes translated versions here

The updated guidance for accommodation providers of asylum seeker accommodation was published on Fri 23rd July here. The guidance is aimed at all staff involved in providing support to asylum seekers in all accommodation settings.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 31July-6 August 2021

New Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Migrant health guide resources (updated)

The IOM have developed some multilingual information on Covid-19 measures and support on the following topics:

Health and Covid-19

Work and Covid-19

Benefits, Support and Covid-19

Visa, Immigration and Covid-19

Housing, Homelessness and Covid-19

Each of these are available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Vietnamese

The British Society of Immunologyhave translated some of their educational resources on immunity, COVID-19 and vaccines into different languages, including a guide to vaccines for Covid-19, a page of public engagement resources and their Celebrate Vaccines infographics.

These are available in English (see above), Arabic, Spanish and Yiddish.

UK.Gov have updated their information leaflet: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for women of         childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding.

Available in: Easy Read, Large Print, BSL, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese,    Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Panjabi, Portuguese Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian and Urdu.

A Braille version of the leaflet is also available to order.

A set of 4 posters and social media cards encouraging vaccine uptake among pregnant women are available for download only – by logging into this NHS England website.

Public Health England have issued translations of their comprehensive stay at home guidance for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus. This also applies to anyone who is asymptomatic but is waiting for results of a PCR test.

If you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 test result

If you take part in asymptomatic testing

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19

Household members who have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine

This guidance is available in: Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. National Tutoring Programme

The Department for Education have published a policy paper on the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), a scheme started in 2020 to provide support for pupils and students most affected by disruption to their education as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Further information about the programme can be found on the NTP website.

Information from Acas on how sickness and absence policies apply when an employee is off work with Long Covid.

The Department for Education has now updated its guidance to reflect recent changes in provision for free school meals to some groups of NRPF migrants previously excluded. These include families:

  • Refused asylum but in receipt of section 4 support
  • Granted leave to remain as ‘Zambrano carers’
  • Granted leave to remain under Article 8 ECHR
  • Supported under section 17 Children Act 1989 and who have ‘no recourse to public funds’. 

4.    Local guidance and support in Yorkshire and Humber

Links to local information around Covid-19 and the support available locally in Yorkshire and Humber.

Training and Research

  1. Free racial inequalities training from the Race Equality Network

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Race Equalities Network has launched a free package of online racial inequalities training.

The aim of the training is to educate and raise awareness of the ongoing racial injustice and everyday discrimination faced by colleagues from ethnic minorities across our diverse communities.

The voices and experiences of the Race Equality Network members from ethnic minorities have shaped the purpose and content of the training.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 24 July-30 July 2021

Solace have a vacancy for a Children and Families therapist (closing date Monday 23rd August) and are looking for trustees with lived experience of the asylum process or being a refugee. Please share with your networks.

New Translated Resources

  1. Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) – updated

The guidance has been updated now that England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown.

This is available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi (Pakistani), Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

Covid-19 Infographics have produced useful pictorial representations of what has changed.

Available in: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish and Yoruba.

Gov.UK and the Department of Health and Social Care have produced a leaflet of guidance on how to care for someone when they leave hospital.

The leaflet is available in English, Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Gujarati, French, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.

Information Resources

1. Research: The Lived Experience of Disabled People During the Covid-19 pandemic

 From July to September 2020, the Cabinet Office Disability Unit commissioned the Policy Lab to conduct ethnographically-led research into the experiences of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Key findings from each chapter have been highlighted on our post.

 2. Updated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people

As restrictions have been eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, the UK government are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else.

Available in Audio, BSL and Large Print.

This guidance is about NHS entitlements in England and is aimed at healthcare practitioners needing to support migrant patients.

Public Health England have provided general guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings. They have updated and restructured their guidance in line with changes in Step 4 of the roadmap.

The government has issued guidance for anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member in England.

Updated in line with changes in Step 4 of the roadmap.

This has been updated with a handy tool for finding an existing NHS number and a letter to help people without an NHS number access the COVID-19 vaccine and register with a GP.

 

Solace is recruiting: Children and Family Therapists

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact:

Anne Burghgraef anne(at)solace-uk.org.uk (Clinical Director) or Kathryn Ashworth Kathryn(at)solace-uk.org.uk (CEO)

The closing date is 9am on Monday 23rd August with interviews being held on Thursday 26th August (afternoon), or Friday 27th August, (morning) on Zoom.job-description-for-therapist-updated-July-2021DownloadApplication_formDownload

To go to Solace website click for vacancies, click here

WomenCentre- Digital Ways of Women Centred Working – Report (Launched July 2021)

From the WomenCentre……..We would like to share with you our newly launched report Digital Ways of Women Centred Working that brings together good practice principles for work with women migrants. The report shares practical, tangible examples of the adaption of services and support for digital, remote and blended ways of working.

The learning brought together in the report is summarised in six principles that offer guidance, with practical steps that showcase practice examples. The principles have emerged from work with women migrants and partners on Connecting Opportunities.

Get inspired by learning from women migrants about the transition and adaptation of support services; explore the resources that are available on the website and consider the steps you can take to make your work more women centred. To download the report please click: here

EU Citizens after 30 June 2021

Which EU citizens can live in the UK ?

After 30 June 2021 all EU citizens (adults and children) living in UK lost their right to
be in the country lawfully with the exception of :

  • Those who have settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Those who made an application to EUSS on or before 30 June 2021 (they should have a Certificate of Application to show this)
  • Those who have some other sort of status, e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain, Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Those who are British citizens (even if they hold dual citizenship)

Other EU citizens may be visiting the UK as a tourist or with visas allowing them to stay for a set period or to join family members. These people do not have the same rights as those with settled status living in the UK.

People who do not have the right to live in the UK but who are living in this country do not have rights to most benefits, NHS treatment other than for emergencies (and some other exemptions), to be employed, to enter into a rental lease for property, to access further or higher education, or to have a UK bank account. They may be removed from the country by the British authorities.

How does an EU citizen get the right to live in the UK?

The government maintains that the deadline to apply under the EUSS was 30 June 2021, which has now passed. Almost everyone who has did not apply before this deadline is now unlawfully resident in the UK as explained above.

However, the Home Office have effectively extended the time limit for applications, allowing late applications until at least 28 July 2021. During this period from 30 June – 28 July 2021 applicants can apply as before, but must explain why their application is late. During this initial 28-day period following the 30 June 2021 any explanation for lateness can be minimal and requires little or no supporting evidence, and can still be expected to be processed as normal.

Beyond 28 July 2021 applicants will likely need to provide stronger explanations for their late application. The Home Office guidance provides a helpful non-exhaustive list of accepted reasons for lateness. Some of the common reasons will involve age, medical condition, capacity, vulnerability (e.g. victims of trafficking or domestic violence), and a useful catch-all of any other compelling reason e.g. waiting for anew ID/passport to be provided.

This allowance for late applications does not change the legal position and lack of rights now that the 30 June 2021 deadline has passed. At present no indication has been given about the government’s policy after 28 July 2021 and whether they will seek to remove EU citizens with no right to remain. Late applications to the scheme can be made after 28 July and there is, at present, no end date for these, but the government could begin enforcing much harsher measures against those who have yet to apply by 28 July 2021.

The process for applying under the EUSS remains much the same. Applicants can apply online using a valid national ID, passport, or BRP/BRC. Now, applicants with an expired passport or national ID can use the online application process. Those without a valid or expired ID document will need to use some alternative ID, such as a Birth Certificate, and apply via a paper application form.

Most applicants will still need to prove their residence in the UK before 1 January 2021, as a minimum. Applicants will also still need to prove “suitability”, which is effectively proving they should not be excluded from the EUSS based on serious criminal history.

There remain other, more complex, routes by which applicants can apply including non-EU national family members, victims of domestic violence, carers of British citizen children. Do check with a legal professional if you feel someone might be eligible under these routes.

How does someone prove their right to live in the UK?

People with settled or pre-settled status can prove this by obtaining a “share code” online and logging into the UK Immigration – ID check website (link below). They will need details from the same ID document they used when applying to EUSS and have access to same mobile number or email address used to make the initial application. Some EU citizens may have a Biometric Residence Permit or an entry in their passport to prove their status but the majority will need to access the online site. If people are looking to rent or to prove their right to work there are other online sites that can be used by a prospective landlord or employer.

This document is for guidance purposes only and reflects the situation at the date of writing. Readers should take specific advice or research their position before taking any action. Useful websites include :

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Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 17 July-23 July 2021

New Translated Resources

 

1.    Translated: Official letter in Arabic explaining Covid-19 vaccine rollout to higher risk children

North Yorkshire County Council have kindly shared a translated letter in English and Arabic which explains the UK government’s decision to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 and above who are at increased risk of serious coronavirus.

Information Resources

  1. Updated: Official Coronavirus advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

From 19th July the concession for people outside the UK whose leave has expired before they are were able to return, ended.

Gov.UK has updated the following guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents:

Following the progression to Step 4 of the roadmap, this guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance has been updated to reflect Step 4 roadmap changes. Translations and easy read guidance have temporarily been removed while being updated.

Gov.UK have produced new guidance around safety in places of worship from 19th July onwards including a summary of changes from 19th July.

Gov.UK has updated their guidance for people entering England from other countries, using the traffic light system of red, amber and green.

The UK government has issued public health information to protect the public and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes public health advice and coronavirus-related duties for entering    and staying within England.

Gov.UK have created an overview of NHS Test and Trace, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The UK government have issued guidance on how to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

The Home Office has confirmed that as of 19th July 2021 negative cessations will resume meaning that anyone who has had a negative decision on their asylum claim can now have their support discontinued.  All recipients on support whether on section 4 or section 95 support will receive 21 days notice of their support ending.

  1.  Research finds gaps in bereavement support for people from diverse communities

  A report has been published by Leeds and Sheffield universities on UK bereavement care for ethnic minority communities.

The paper, Bereavement care for ethnic minority communities: A systematic review of access to, models of, outcomes from, and satisfaction with, service provision, is published in PLOS ONE.

  1.  Safe Surgeries initiative combatting GP practice refusal to register undocumented migrants

  The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Channel 4 have reported that almost 80% of GP practices are refusing to register undocumented patients with a migrant background.

  The #HandsUpForOurHealth coalition, which includes Doctors of the World is campaigning on this issue. As part of this they highlight the Safe Surgeries initiative – a network GP practices can join.

   For more information, contact safesurgeries@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

  1.   Report: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Structural Vulnerabilities, Resilience and Migrant Communities-led responses to COVID-19 in West Yorkshire

Racial Justice Network, with the support of Queen Mary University of London and University of Huddersfield, have produced this report; “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” following interviews with      community advocates living in Yorkshire and Humber during Covid 19.

   The report is available in various formats including short-form and video.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 14June-18 June 2021

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: ‘I’ve had my Covid vaccine’ video

 

The Leeds Health Partnerships team have produced this video featuring representatives from across a wide range of Leeds communities who have had their Covid vaccine.

Languages featured include English, Arabic, Bengali, BSL, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Czech, Irish, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.

To book a vaccination go to www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination or call NHS 119.

Information Resources

  1. Access to NHS services for EU citizens after 1st July 2021

Doctors of the World have released a new briefing on the NHS healthcare entitlement of EU citizens, regardless of immigration status.

The briefing identifies three key groups of EU citizens for which NHS healthcare entitlement will differ:

  •  EU citizens who came to the UK before 31/12/20 with status under the EUSS
  • EU citizens who came to the UK before 31/12/20 without status under the EUSS
  • EU citizens who came to the UK after 31/12/20

In the briefing, Doctors of the World have also published results of an online survey taken by both EU citizens and supporting organisations:

• 18% of the participants mentioned encountering issues when applying to the EU Settlement Scheme with a large majority mentioning issues with documentation and the website as the key reasons behind their difficulties

• 5% mentioned being asked to prove their immigration status when registering with a GP

• Amongst those asked to prove their immigration status when accessing hospital care, 22% were then unable to receive treatment due to issues in verifying their status

The Leeds Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC) supports anyone with a responsibility for or interest in improving health and wellbeing in Leeds, including students and volunteers.

The PHRC would like to hear your views on their current services, even if you have never used them before. Your feedback will also help shape their services in the future.

Click this link to take the survey and please feel free to share it with other people you know who are interested in improving health and wellbeing in Leeds.

The survey is live until Monday 17th July.

 

Training, events and research

  1. Free online first aid training for treating sudden cardiac arrest

Following the high profile incident in football earlier this week, St John’s Ambulance service, Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and the Resuscitation Council UK have developed an online training course for treating sudden cardiac arrest, funded by Sport England.

This accessible 30 – 45 minute course is designed for anyone involved in sport or physical activity from players to coaches to spectators.

Participants will have access to the online materials for 12 months after enrolling, in order to keep their SCA first aid skills updated.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 31 May-4 June 2021

Updated Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Official – Covid-19 vaccination status letter explained

UK.Gov have published translated versions of a letter explaining how people can prove their vaccination status, for example for travel purposes.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Nepalese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (India), Romanian, Spanish, Urdu

 

2.   Translated: Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

UK.Gov have updated their guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Available in: Arabic, Bengali, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional) and Urdu.

You can also find the PDF guidance in Large Print, and videos for Audio and BSL.

3.    Translated: Community Connectors share their vaccine experience

#KirkleesWelcomes Community Connectors who have had the vaccine are developing their own messages to share with migrant communities to encourage others to take up the offer of the vaccine.

Audio for WhatsApp available in: Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Mandarin, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish and Urdu

Videos available in: Arabic, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu

4.    Translated: Video – Don’t take lateral flow test if you have symptoms

Ask Doc have added translated videos in Cantonese, Gujarati and Farsi, suggesting that people shouldn’t use lateral flow tests if they have covid symptoms, and explaining what people should do instead.

Available in: English,Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Chinese (Traditional), Romanian and Urdu

Updated Issue Based Resources

  1. Updated: Guidance on applying for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visas

The government has updated their guidance for student sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Student sponsors should also read the student sponsor guidance which sets out the requirements for education providers wishing to apply for a licence to sponsor international students to come to the UK under the student and child student routes.

Training and Events

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and Doctors of the World UK are planning an online interactive workshop on the theme of sexual and gender-based violence experienced by forced migrants. 

The purpose of the workshop is to share the findings of the UK SEREDA project, undertaken to understand the nature and incidence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by forced migrants residing in the UK, and to work collectively to develop recommendations to help improve the lives of SGBV survivors, build their resilience and reduce vulnerability.  

The online workshop will take place on 23 June from 13.00 to 14.30 using the virtual platform Microsoft Teams. 

You can register for this workshop here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sgbv-and-forced-migration-a-workshop-for-policy-makers-tickets-153450495563

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 3-9 July 2021

New Translated Resources

 

  1. Translated: Covid-19 infographics announce delay to UK restrictions easing

Covid-19 Infographics have published translated versions of an infographic announcing the UK government’s delay to the easing of restrictions, with the date now set for 19th July.

Available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Gujarati, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Yoruba.

Information Resources

  1. Updated: NHS entitlements: migrant health guide

The UK Government’s Migrant Health Guide has now been updated with new information on:

The children’s health page has been updated with additional guidance on assessing the health needs of migrant children.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released statistics on vaccine hesitancy reported as part of the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey carried out between 26th May and 20th June 2021.

  • More than 9 in 10 (96%) adults reported positive sentiment towards a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, while 4% reported vaccine hesitancy.
  • The same rates of vaccine hesitancy were reported by women and men (both 4%).
  • Black or Black British adults had the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy (18%) compared with White adults (4%).
  • Vaccine hesitancy was higher for adults identifying Muslim (15%) or Other (11%) as their religion, compared with adults who identify as Christian (3%); however, there was no statistically significant difference when compared with any of the remaining religious groups.
  • Adults living in the most deprived areas of England (based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation) were more likely to report vaccine hesitancy (8%) than adults living in the least deprived areas (3%).

 

 Training, events and research

  1. Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees conference

The eighth annual ‘Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees’ conference will be taking place virtually on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

It will include focus sessions on multi-tiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid, working with refugees to improve mental health, and best practice examples of specialist clinical interventions.

This brochure covers the full event and you can book tickets on the website.

LOHST is a social work practitioner and welfare/support worker survey aiming to understand the specific ways Covid-19 has affected unaccompanied minors and young people’s asylum experience in Britain. 

This survey is part of a study, led by the University of Liverpool in collaboration with University College London, Southampton University and the Albanian Support Charity, Shpresa.

It should only take 20 minutes maximum, and there is a chance to win £500 for your organisation. To complete the survey, click on this link.

Please contact LOHST@liverpool.ac.uk or William.shankley@liverpool.ac.uk  if you have any questions.

3. Supporting separated migrant children to thrive during COVID-19

Coram BAAF are taking part in an ESRC funded study ‘Supporting separated migrant children to thrive during COVID-19’. This study is being carried out by the University of Stirling and supported by external partners including the Scottish Guardianship Service (SGS), the Hands Up Project and Terre des Hommes.  

Coram are keen to link in with colleagues across the UK who are working with separated migrant children. If you would like to be involved in this study (focus groups will be held in September 2021) please email Dan Murdoch (Daniel.Murdoch@corambaaf.org.uk).

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 19 – 24 June 2021

New Translated Resources

  1. Translated: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions – what you can and cannot do from 21 June 2021

From 21 June 2021, the government have made some changes to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Full information on all restrictions is available from the Gov.UK website including translations in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (Gurmukhi), Punjabi (Shahmukhi), Slovak, Somali, Urdu, Welsh and easy read English.

2. Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) – updated

Gov.UK have updated guidance on how everyone can help stop the spread of coronavirus, with additional languages now available..

  • Protect yourself and others
  • Keep a safe distance (social distancing)
  • Remember the basics of good hygiene
  • Wear a face covering
  • Let fresh air in (ventilation)
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result
  • Self-isolate if you live with someone or are a contact of someone who has COVID-19
  • Vaccination

Available in: English, Easy read, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, , Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Nepali, Pahari, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (Gurmukhi), Punjabi (Shahmukhi), Romanian, Shona, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Sylheti, Tagalog, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. Leeds City Council’s Covid Toolkit

Leeds City Council’s communications team have produced this toolkit pack to support local community engagement with consistent, citywide messaging re COVID-19. The toolkit is hosted on Google Drive, is publicly accessible and can be shared freely with local partners.

The pack includes various resources which can be downloaded and an overview presentation.

2. Leeds vaccination minibus touring communities from June – August

Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have released date and location information for the NHS vaccination minibus tour. Anyone aged 18 and over can receive a Covid-19 vaccination, their first or their second, without needing to book an appointment first.

Training, events and research

  1. Left Behind: Voices of People Excluded From Universal Healthcare Coverage In Europe

Doctors of the World present research into the stories of marginalised people across Europe who have struggled to access healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further publications are available.

 

Digital Immigration Status-new guide

From 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme will need to evidence their rights in the UK with their digital immigration status, rather than their passport or ID card. For example, they may need to do this when applying for a job or when renting a property.

We (The Home Office) have published a new guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens on viewing and proving their immigration status (eVisa). The guide explains how people can view and prove their immigration status, update their details, what they should expect when crossing the UK border and how to get help accessing their immigration status.

It is important that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members keep their personal details up to date and inform the Home Office if their travel document changes, using the View and Prove service.

Please share the guide with your networks and signpost EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to it directly for more information.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 7June-11 June 2021

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: 5 videos & leaflets explaining the English health system in Arabic

Lancashire County Council commissioned Rethink Rebuild Society to work with experts by experience to create a series of videos and booklets in Arabic that aim to raise awareness about Health System in England amongst Arabic-speaking Refugees.

  1. Introduction to the Health System in England: video : leaflet : English
  2. Mental Health: video : leaflet : English
  3. Dental services: video : leaflet : English
  4. Family Planning and Maternity Care : video : leaflet : English
  5. Healthy Lifestyles: video : English (leaflet to come)

 

2.    Translated: What you can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the workplace


Work Right in Yorkshire and Humber is a campaign run by the Health & Safety Executive aimed at helping smaller businesses and workers during Covid-19. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

information leaflets for workers are available in: English, Gujarati, Hungarian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu.

Posters are available in: English, Gujarati, Hungarian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu.

There is now the English version of these St. Bart’s Health NHS Trust translations of key facts to help keep people informed about the Covid-19 vaccine.

The information is available in: English, Arabic, Bangladeshi, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin , Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. Travelling? – Get your vaccination status letter posted from NHS UK

You can now request a COVID-19 vaccination status letter to be posted to you via the NHS UK website.

British Medical Journal have published article on prioritising inclusion health groups for covid-19 vaccination and practical ways to do this by Amy Stevens, available here

 

Training, events and research

  1. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 

This year’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month theme is ‘Make Some Space’ and Friends, Families and Travellers have created a number of shareable resources.

Public Health England, Midlands Health Inequalities Unit and the University of Leicester are running an event ‘Exploring Service Response to the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Children and Youth’.

This research event is of relevance to all those working with, or on behalf of, refugee and asylum-seeking children and youth (Families) across the UK and at a strategic level, e.g. Public Health, service leads, commissioners and those involved in policy.

The event will be held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 13:00-14:00 and will cover research conducted by Sarah Hunt.

Voluntary and community sector partners and/or local authority community champions leads are asked to share this training invite to community champions.

“Building on the foundations of the ‘Good Conversations’ workshops run in Yorkshire and Humber, we have commissioned a new Vaccines Conversations workshop aimed at people who are in regular contact with members of the public.

Initially 20 workshops will be delivered aimed at trusted community champions in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber.  Subject to demand this offer will be extended to local authority Covid hub/trace teams and health and social care staff. 

Each workshop can caterer for 30 people and lasts for 2 hours, dates available from the 15 June to 08th July.

Click here for further information and booking links.

Right to Remain-New look Toolkit

Right to Remain homepage

New look Toolkit – guide to the asylum and immigration system

Click below for full details:

New look Toolkit-our guide to the asylum and immigration system

Find the information you need for your situation using the contents bar on the left (within the link below).

There’s information about asylum cases, human rights cases, and immigration cases.

Your situation might fall into more than one of these categories.

The Right to Remain Toolkit-A guide to the UK immigration and asylum system

We learned a lot! We wrote quite a bit about in this blog post here.

Over 80% of Toolkit website users came via a google search. (You can see what else we learned from looking at our website stats here:

What we’ve learned about how the Right to Remain Toolkit is being used (part one).

We had a lot of thinking and processing to do from all of the learning described above. We started to make some draft changes to the Toolkit (see below), but before making anything public, we tested these ideas out with our primary users/target users: people currently navigating the asylum and immigration system.

We tested out different versions of titles for sections of the guide. We asked people if they preferred pages with or without “accordion boxes” (dropdown panels that expand to reveal more text when you click on them). We asked people about how they would navigate different topics to find the information they need. This is called “usability testing”, or “user testing”.

In a usability-testing session <Toolkit guide usability testing> , a researcher “asks a participant to perform tasks, usually using one or more specific user interfaces. While the participant completes each task, the researcher observes the participant’s behavior and listens for feedback.” We carried out these sessions using zoom, with some of the asylum support groups we work with sourcing participants. It was fortunate that this element of our project was very easy to conduct online, which wasn’t what we had planned pre-pandemic.

Appeals rights exhausted and Upper Tribunal possibility

What’s changed:

  • The different pages of the Toolkit website have been renamed so that they are clearer to people looking at google search results.
  • Some of the language has changed because we are no longer assuming that people see the guide as an overarching resource – each page and its information should stand alone.
  • Clearer language, clearer audience. We hope it’s speaking more directly to people who are navigating the process – and uses more of the words that people use themselves to describe this process – while still of course being of use to those supporting other people to go through the process.

For more detailed information about guide click below:

About this guide

  • We’ve separated out some pages that had previously been collected together because we thought that people would use the Toolkit website following a vaguely chronological pattern. We know now that that generally isn’t the case.
  • We’ve also made some pages more specific to asylum, or immigration. We now have separate pages for entering the UK, depending on whether you are looking for information about immigration, or asylum (a page called “Visas
  • Right to Remain Visas: apply for permission to enter or stay in the UK and a new page called “Entering the UK to claim asylum.

Entering the UK to claim Asylum

Find out about different aspects of the asylum and immigration process by watching our legal information videos below.

Legal information videos

The Google Toolbar means that people can get all of the Toolkit content auto-translated.

We wrote about this process for Refugee Action here:

Google toolbar to get Toolkit content  auto-translated

Right to Remain Email Campaign

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Social Media

Right to Remain Facebook Page

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COVID-19: migrant health guide

the below information can be found on

COVID-19: migrant health guide – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

No charges for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, treatment and vaccination

Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for:

  • testing for COVID-19 (even if the test shows they do not have COVID-19)
  • treatment for COVID-19, including for a related problem called multisystem inflammatory syndrome that affects some children
  • vaccination against COVID-19

No immigration checks are needed for overseas visitors if they are only tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.

Accessing COVID-19 vaccination without an NHS number

Individuals do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and should not be denied vaccination on this basis. Individuals who do not have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP are still entitled to free COVID-19 vaccinations.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

Local outreach services are available in some areas to provide COVID-19 vaccination to those who are eligible but have difficulties accessing vaccination.

If an individual has an NHS number, they can find it through this online tool.

If someone is denied care because they do not have an NHS number, they can contact NHS England’s customer contact centre.

COVID-19 translated advice and guidance

The above guidance on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination free of charge (MS Word Document, 92.1KB) has been translated into 40 different languages by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The following resources are also available in various languages:

Doctors of the World has provided translated COVID-19 resources informed by government and NHS advice.

The International Organization for Migration has set up the COVID-19 Migrant Information Service, which provides multilingual information on COVID-19 measures and support in the UK context. The aim is to support migrants who may face language barriers when reading complex information. The information is available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Romanian. It relates to 5 important areas of everyday life that have been significantly affected by COVID-19: health, employment, benefits, housing and immigration.

COVID-19 general advice and guidance

Health information and advice about COVID-19 is available on the NHS website.

Learn about the UK government’s response to COVID-19 on GOV.UK.

Advice on how you can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Overseas travel advice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Find out the latest government advice on travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

NaTHNaC also provides up to date overseas travel health information.

Vitamin D

There have been some reports about vitamin D potentially reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). NICE, Public Health England and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition have undertaken robust assessments of the available evidence on vitamin D and COVID-19. They have concluded that currently, there is not enough evidence to solely treat or prevent COVID-19, except as part of a clinical trial. For further information, see the NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline on vitamin D.

In addition to existing guidance on vitamin D supplementation, adults, young people and children over 4 years should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (400 units) of vitamin D throughout the year if they have little or no sunshine exposure because they are spending most of their time indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 10-14 May 2021

Translated Resources

Translated: Official: What you can and can’t do from 17th May

UK.gov has produced new guidance on the changes to Covid-19 safety rules from 17th May.

Available in: English, easy read, large print, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

 

Translated: guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

 

UK.gov have produced updated Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

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

Translated: Videos: How a lateral flow test is done at a testing centre

Kirklees Council have produced videos, recorded at the Hudawi Community Centre, one of Kirklees community testing sites, explaining how to carry out a lateral flow test.

The videos include audio in English and a translation in text in the following languages:

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, Hungarian, Kurdish (Sorani), Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi (India), Romanian, Spanish, Urdu

Translated: Updated: Vaccination – guide for older adults (phase 2)

UK.gov has updated their information leaflet for older adults on COVID-19 vaccination.

Available in: Easy Read, BSL

Extra languages will be added as they are published.

Translated: Updated – Vaccination – women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding

UK.gov have updated their information leaflet: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding.

Available in: Easy Read, BSL, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian and Urdu.

Translated: Updated: Community Connectors share their vaccine experience

#KirkleesWelcomes Community Connectors who have had the vaccine are developing their own messages to share with migrant communities to encourage others to take up the offer of the vaccine.

More messages will continue to be added at Welcome to Kirklees

Published 27th April

Audio for whatsapp: Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Turkish – recorded by Volunteers from DASH

Published 1 April

Videos: Arabic, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

          Information Resources

Updated: Changes to the asylum and immigration process due to Covid-19

Right to Remain have updated their ‘Changes to the asylum and immigration process due to Covid-19’ guide.

Information on visas has been updated.

The following sections apply to all asylum and immigration applicants: appeals, reporting to the Home Office, detention.

Official travel guidance – for people arriving in, and travelling from England

UK.gov has updated guidance for people entering England.

  1. Stay up-to-date
  2. Red list countries and territories
  3. Amber list countries and territories
  4. Green list countries and territories – from 17 May
  5. Transit stops in amber or red list countries
  6. Travel within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  7. Job and medical exemptions
  8. Travelling abroad from England

Comparative statistics on deaths in faith communities during the pandemic

The office for national statistics has produced ‘Deaths involving COVID-19 by religious group, England: 24 January 2020 to 28 February 2021’ explaining the experience of death and bereavement by different faith communities during the pandemic.

‘This article reports age-standardised rates of death involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) by religious group and uses statistical models to adjust for location, measures of disadvantage, occupation, living arrangements, and pre-existing health conditions. It compares the risk of COVID-19 mortality in two discrete periods aligned to each wave of the pandemic.’

Refugee Council Helpline Service Update

The Refugee Council’s England-wide Infoline service will extend, at this stage, until 31st July, please see below for updated service information.

Service updates

  • Live service Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10.30-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. To contact the Infoline and speak to the team, call free phone 0808 196 7272
  • The Infoline has a small casework service. The priority is for those who are unable to access alternative local support, and where a short-term intervention around housing, financial support, accessing health care or accessing legal advice is likely to avoid or resolve crisis. Referrals are through the Infoline.
  • If you would like to contact the team for any reason, including with additional service information, to refer with consent, or relating to enquiries, the team email address is infoline@refugeecouncil.org.uk.

Infoline directory of services

  • If your service delivery has recently changed or you want to be added to our signposting directory, please complete this short form to update us with your service information, to make sure that we hold and give out the information you wish us to, including around service capacity.

EUSS Training and updates

Comms

A range of EUSS information to support applicants is available on GOV.UK. This includes translated mainstream guidance , and translated EUSS factsheets .

Free support with complex cases

EU Delegation provides free legal support surgeries that can be booked online. The aim of providing one-to-one legal support to at least 10 vulnerable citizens per surgery. Local authorities can book the surgeries for children in care and care leavers so please share this information with your children’s services teams.

Free online workshops

A number of free information sessions and workshops covering different aspects of the EU Settlement Scheme are available in May and June, starting from next week. Please see below for dates and details how to book on. Please circulate it among your networks.

EU nationals with pre-settled status

Wed, 12th May 1:00-2:30pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Settlement Scheme and EU joining family members

Thu, 20th May 10-11:30am

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Citizens’ Rights – Care Homes Information sessions

Wed, 26th May 10:00am-12:00pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Settlement Scheme beyond the deadline

Wed, 26th May 1:00-2:30pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme

Thu, 10th June 10:00-11:30am

Click here to register on Eventbrite

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 4th -7th May 2021

Translated Resources

 

Translated: What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination

UK.Gov has added information for people who are awaiting their first COVID-19 vaccination to their leaflet collection.

Available in leaflet form in EnglishBraille and large print (available to order.) Easy Read, AlbanianAmharicArabicBengaliBulgarianChineseEstonianGreekGujaratiHindiKurdishLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPolishPortuguese BrazilianRussianTwiUkrainian and Urdu.

British Sign Language videos are available to view, as is this YouTube video in British Sign Language

Translated: 6 key facts about Covid-19 vaccines

Barts Health NHS Trust has produced some translated versions of key facts to help keep people informed about the Covid-19 vaccine.

The information is available in: Arabic, Bangladeshi , Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu

Translated: Tourism in the UK and Covid-19

Devon County Council have created posters for tourism providers to share with their guests in order to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus. They are helpful for anyone travelling within the UK.

Audio: Arabic, Bulgarian, Turkish

Graphic: Arabic, Bengali, Easy Read English, Farsi , Bulgarian , French , Gujarati , Hungarian , Japanese , Korean , Kurdish Sorani , Lithuanian , Polish , Portuguese , Punjabi , Russian , Spanish , Simplified Chinese , Romanian , Tamil , Thai , Turkish , Urdu , Vietnamese

Video: BSL tourism charter 1 video, BSL tourism charter 2 video

Holidaymaker information – what you need to do if you fall ill with COVID-19 symptoms whilst visiting.

Audio: Arabic audio, Bulgarian holidaymaker audio

Info sheet: Arabic , Bengali , Bulgarian , Farsi , French , Gujarati , Hungarian , Japanese , Korean, Kurdish Sorani , Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese , Punjabi , Romanian , Russian , Simplified Chinese , Spanish , Tamil , Thai , Turkish , Turkish audio, Urdu , Vietnamese

          Information Resources

Updated resources:

The COVID-19 page of the Migrant Health Guidehas been updated with a new section about accessing the vaccine for those with no NHS number/those who decline GP registration.

The latest Free University Courses information is now available from the Virtual College.

Covid and looking after yourself at home booklets

Leeds Public Health and partners have produced 2 booklets (order via PHRC@leeds.gov.uk)

Community Champions Project micro grants

The Community Champions Project are now accepting applications for Covid-19 Community Champion Micro Grants of up to £1,000 now available*, read more about the grant here or apply here.

*Applications will be assessed weekly until end of May 2021, however this could be subject to review. It is advised you submit your application as soon as possible.*

Covid-19 Community Champions project

Registration is open for the Covid-19 Community Champions project on Be Collective

Be Collective are looking for people who live or work in Leeds who want to support their friends, family, neighbours and community to have information about Covid-19 and the vaccine which will help them feel supported, make informed choices and stay safe.

You can read more about the role of Community Champions here.

Conference resources: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Asylum Sector

The Building Bridges conference focused on addressing mental health and wellbeing issues and other vulnerabilities among the asylum-seeking population and the importance of looking after the mental health and resilience of all frontline staff.

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Face coverings: when to wear, exemptions, and how to make one

UK. Gov have updated their face covering guidance to reflect current restrictions and to explain when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. There are also links to printable exemption cards.

Please see guidance documents below, in English and other language translations:

English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu

Asylum Support Payments (ASP) Project Update – ASPEN Card

Asylum Support Payments (ASP) Project Update The Asylum Support Payments (ASP) project will soon be introducing a new payment card for service users (SUs). The new card will function in a similar way to the current card (whilst maintaining the same name), however its colour and provider will differ

The new Aspen card will be dispatched out to SUs from 10th May, ready for funds to be switched over and cards to be used for the first time on Monday 24th May 2021. These will be distributed by our service provider, Prepaid Financial Services (PFS). Timelines High-level summary of the transition timeline:

From 10th May – The new Aspen card will be dispatched to SUs, along with an instructional pin mailer (see below for further details on SU comms). •

  • Friday 21st May (from 5pm) – The current Aspen card will be deactivated to enable the balance transfer.
  • Weekend of 22nd/23rd May – ‘Blackout period’ – A balance transfer between the old and new Aspen card will take place. Throughout this weekend, both Aspen cards will be switched off. •
  • Monday 24th May – The new Aspen card will be live and active for SUs to use, with their previous balance transferred and their weekly payments continuing to be made.

For more information (translated information as well) please see attached documents below:

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 26-30 April 2021

Translated Resources

 

Translated: Official – Blood clotting and COVID-19 vaccination

Leaflet created by Public Health England: COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Available in: EnglishBrailleLarge Print, AlbanianAmharicArabicBengaliBulgarianChineseEstonianGreekGujaratiHindiKurdishLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPolishPortuguese BrazilianRussianTwiUkrainianUrdu.

Translated: Covid-19: ethical framework for adult social care

UK.Gov have produced ‘Guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19.’

Available in: English, Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Slovenian, Somali, Urdu

Translated: Diabetes and the vaccine videos

Diabetes UK have produced these videos to explain the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for people with diabetes.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannanda, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi, Marathi (alternate presenter), Punjabi (India), Sindhi, Tamil,   Urdu, Urdu (alternate presenter), Yoruba

Translated: Community Connectors share their vaccine experience

#KirkleesWelcomes Community Connectors who have had the COVID-19 vaccine are developing their own messages to share with migrant communities to encourage others to take up the offer of the vaccine.

More messages will continue to be added here: Welcome to Kirklees

Available in: Arabic, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

Translated: ‘Everything you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine’

British Red Cross vaccine infosheet, with simple infographics followed by more detailed guidance.

Available in: English, Arabic , Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Yorùba

Information Resources                    

Leeds modern slavery pocketbook for professionals

Designed for frontline professionals and community groups who may encounter potential victims of modern slavery or those at risk of exploitation, this pocketbook explains what Modern Slavery is and the differences between human trafficking and smuggling.

Easy read vaccine infographics and stories

CLDS / Beyond Words have produced easy read vaccine infographics and stories around taking a COVID-19 vaccine

Having a vaccine
Vaccine story

EU delegation support for EUSS – legal support surgeries

If your organisation is helping vulnerable EU citizens complete their EUSS application, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom can offer further legal advice, free of charge. The EU Delegation can offer a lawyer to attend a digital advice surgery with the aim of providing one-to-one legal support to at least 10 vulnerable citizens per surgery.

COVID-19 frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy

Various sources of guidance on COVID-19 vaccines and fertility (The British Fertility Society) and COVID-19 FAQs about fertility and pregnancy (NHS).

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are also offering a wide range of information and guidance around COVID-19, pregnancy and fertility, including specific advice for people from minoritised ethnicities.

Information and resources for people concerned about people in India

The South Asian Health Foundation have recorded guidance and information that people in the UK can share with loved ones abroad, and use to approach political representatives for support. They’ve also launched a call to action – view the 10 point plan.

Simple & evidence based advice for patients unable to access healthcare in India (Video in Urdu).

Trisha Greenhalgh #CovidIsAirborne has recorded information in English for an Indian audience.