Migrant Info Hub update #49: 18 December 2021-14 January 2022

Translated Resources

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

The UK government have updated their Covid-19 PCR home test kit instructions.

An easy-read version is available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, and Welsh.

The updated guidance is also available in Video – English, Digital Braille – English , Digital Braille – Welsh, Audio – English (available to download), Audio – Welsh, Large Print – English, Large Print – Welsh and Giant print – English.

  1. Translated: What your NHS Covid Pass letter tells you

The UK Health Security Agency has issued guidance on the types of NHS Covid Pass letters available.

This information is available in Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test instructions: SureScreen

The UK Health Security Agency has produced guidance on how to do a SureScreen rapid nose-only test for COVID-19 and report the results. This test is only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

This guidance is available in Easy Read, Large Print, Video, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Welsh and Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. Booster jab and Covid Pass briefing for people not registered with a GP / lacking an NHS number

Doctors of the World have collated resources to help organisations supporting migrants navigate the latest announcement with regards to the Covid Pass and the booster jab.

  1. Learning English survey for HongKongers settling in Yorkshire and Humber

Migration Yorkshire has launched an anonymous survey on Learning English on our Hong Kong hub in order to support local provision planning for new arrivals, and ensure that English learning needs are met.

  1. Find help and support if you have Long Covid

The Department of Health and Social Care have collated resources to assist people affected by Long Covid, including medical and financial support.

  1. Guidance for international students on travel, vaccines and visa concessions

The Department for Education have issued a letter giving guidance to international students about travel, vaccines and visa concessions.

Universities UK has also provided a check list for higher education providers to ensure students can be supported in isolation.

  1. Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid-19

Public Health England have provided guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings, which has been updated:

  • to reflect changes to testing requirements for incoming travellers to England.
  • to reflect changes to the self-isolation advice for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
  1. Covid-19: advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

The Home Office have updated the advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

  • The deadline to provide specified documents has been extended to 31 March 2022.
  • The temporary concession for coronavirus (COVID-19) related research has ended.
  • People in receipt of an endorsement from a Global Talent endorsing body who have not been able to apply for a visa within the 3-month deadline due to Covid-19 related reasons, may still be eligible.
  1. Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

UK.Gov have updated their guidance for households with a possible Covid-19 infection, including a summary of changes and an infographic on how to prevent the spread of Covid in the home.

Training and Events

  1. JCWI report launch – Undocumented migrants facing Covid in a hostile environment

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants are launching a report based on interviews with undocumented migrants, exploring some of the systemic issues they have faced as a result of the UK’s Hostile Environment policies.

Sign up to join the free Zoom launch event on Tuesday 18 January 2022 from 6.00 – 7.30 pm         for a panel discussion chaired by Clive Lewis MP.

  1. Migrant Aspiration Programme from Migrants’ Rights Network

The Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a free 4 month online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration and the hostile environment. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community. Training will run from April – July and the application deadline is the beginning of February.

  1. Online launch of maternity resource pack from City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary UK are holding an online launch of their first ever Maternity Resource pack on Thursday 27th January at 11:00.

Migrant Info Hub update 13th – 19th November 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home

The UK government have compiled translated versions of guidance on how to take a rapid lateral flow test at home.

Also available embedded in the blogpost in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shamakhi, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

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

There is now an Easy Read version of the guidance in English.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

A leaflet on the second Covid vaccine for 16 – 17 year olds is available to download.

  1. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

Versions of the easy read leaflet are available in Audio, Braille, English Large print and British Sign Language (video).

  1. COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

The UK government are updating their Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 resources to make them more accessible including an Easy Read version in English.

Information Resources

  1. Tesco and Crisis mobile phone initiative for vulnerable people

Tesco and the homelessness charity Crisis are running an initiative called Reconnect, offering free mobile phones, credit and connectivity to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

  1. MORRA study request for participation from healthcare services

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust are looking for help in identifying great approaches or services that are supporting good health or good health care for refugees or people seeking asylum around the world. 

They are running the MORRA Study (Moments of Opportunity for Responsive health care for Refugees and people seeking Asylum) and their published protocol provides more detailed information about the research.

  1. Technical article: Analysis of characteristics associated with vaccination uptake

The Office for National Statistics has published a technical article titled ‘Analysis of populations in the UK by likelihood of having received a vaccination against Covid-19 using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey’‘.

Training and Events

  1. Yorkshire, Humber and the North East Health Stream of Sanctuary Online Event on 24th November 2021

The Yorkshire, Humber and the North East Health Stream of Sanctuary invites you to participate in an online day of events on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

 11am – 12.30pm Improving sanctuary seeker access to NHS services

Specialised services have developed to meet the needs of sanctuary seekers, for example, Primary Care Practices specifically set up for asylum seekers. This stream aims to support City of Sanctuary Groups and Health Practitioners to develop and share good practice in inclusive health care for sanctuary seekers. Round table event chaired by City of Sanctuary UK Trustee Jeff Morgan.

1.30pm – 3.00pm Mental health – issues and experiences of people seeking sanctuary – things that work (and things that don’t work) 

Mental health and well-being are big issues for many people seeking sanctuary, made worse by the many impacts of the hostile environment. In this session we will look at some of the problems people face in getting help for mental distress and trauma and explore ideas for making things better.

Migrant Info Hub update 6th- 12th November 2021

 Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test

Now available in English, Easy Read, Large Print, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi Shamakhi, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

  1. Translated: A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

This guide is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

It can be accessed via English large print, a Braille version to order, an Audio version to download and British Sign Language video.

  1. Translated: What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination

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

Available as a video in British Sign Language and as an Audio download.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

Covid-19 vaccination guide for children and young people aged 12 – 17 available as an audio version to download, a Braille version to be ordered and a British Sign Language video .

Vaccination consent form for children available as a British Sign Language (BSL) video, an audio version  to download and a Braille version to order.

Information Resources

  1. Guidance for people vaccinated under WHO Emergency Use Listing and under 18s

Gov.UK have issued a travel update explaining changes to legislation coming into force at 4am on Monday 22 November 2021, including simplified travel rules for all under-18s coming to England and anyone vaccinated with vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing.

Important information for referral agencies

As of Monday 1st November, The Welcome Centre will be reopening to the public for the first time since March 2020. 

Since the pandemic began, The Welcome Centre has been closed to the public and we have been operating a home delivery service for our foodbank clients. Clients and referral agencies have been unable to visit our centre due to restrictions and for the safety of all those involved, however, as of 1st November that will change. 

From 1st November, clients and/or referring agencies will need to collect their food packs from The Welcome Centre.

  • Referrers can collect packs on behalf of clients from our Lord Street centre between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. Packs will be ready 1 hour after the referral has been made
  • Clients can collect their own packs from our Lord Street centre between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. Packs will be ready 1 hour after the referral has been made

In exceptional circumstances, some clients may be offered a delivery service.

When making a referral for a food pack please consider your clients’ needs and only request a delivery if your client meets one or more of the requirements below

  • Does your client or their child have either physical or mental health issues that prevents them collecting their packs?
  • Have you requested a large pack for your client with multiple items or for a large family?
  • We are not assuming that all clients with mental/physical health issues or requesting large packs are unable to collect their packs. They may be able or have transport available to collect their packs and should do where possible. Please check with your client whether they would prefer collection or delivery.
  • Alternatively if you as their referrer can collect on their behalf it should be arranged.
  • If your client does not meet one of these requirements but you feel they need a delivery then please call the AGS team on 01484 515086 ext 5 to discuss further

If you do not request a delivery it will be assumed that your client can collect.

Lone working or high risk clients

All packs for clients viewed as aggressive/high risk or pose a lone working risk will need to be collected by their referral agency.

We need your help So that those clients who are most in need receive our deliveries, it is vital that you support us with this process. We no longer have capacity to deliver 100% of our packs to clients and want to ensure that clients who meet the above requirements are prioritised based on their need.

Thank you

Sarah Mclellan

The Welcome Centre Virtual Assistant Support

07743 447966

Sarah@EurekaVA.co.uk

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 30th October- 5th November 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: antibody test kit – guides in different languages

UK.Gov Step-by-step guide available in different languages on how to take your coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test. Available in: Bangla, Chinese, simplified, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated: Guidance for funerals and commemorative events

Information for people who are involved in arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

  1. Translated: Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Available in: English, large print, easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu

  1. Translated: letter to patients on end of shielding programme

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

  1. Translated: safer travel guidance for passengers

Available in: English, English Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated -lateral flow test kit instructions: ACON Flowflex nose only test

Translated guidance for people testing without symptoms. Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi (Pakistan), Punjabi (India), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated – Therapeutic Health (IAHC) Communication Card

Translated tool to support access to healthcare Albanian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya.

  1. Translated – rapid lateral flow test kit instructions: “Orient Gene” nose only tests

Translated instructions on testing for asymptomatic people available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

Step-by-step guide on how to do a COVID-19 rapid nose-only test at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results.

Information Resources

  1. Communicating with speakers of Farsi

A useful guide designed for volunteers, but useful to anyone connecting with people from Afghanistan

  1. 5 Films: Healthcare for refugees: Where are the gaps and how do we help?

Refugee Council have produced 5 video films to share learning and good practice based on their experience of delivering the HARP project

  • Film 1 – It is different over here: access to healthcare in the UK.
  • Film 2 – Experiencing the asylum process in the UK and impact on health.
  • Film 3 – Access to health for people seeking protection in the UK.
  • Film 4 – The right to be understood: the importance of interpreting.
  • Film 5 – Experts by Experience.
  1. Maternity guides for women on asylum support

Refugee Council have produced maternity guides for women on asylum support It explains the healthcare services and financial support available during pregnancy and after birth.5 November 2021

  1. Refugee Council’s policy note on health barriers

Refugee Council’s policy note on health barriers outlines the main issues their clients are experiencing when they access health services, including issues arising in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. 5 November 2021

  1. The impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Annual report from Friends, Families and Travellers covers the impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

  1. Information about ordering technology for remote education

UK Gov added information about ordering tech to their get help with technology for remote education page

  1. Report: No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid 19

FLEX have published No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid-19. This report is the result of a partnership between FLEX, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and United Voices of the World (UVW).

  1. Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

The Roma Support Group has produced this report on lessons learned from the pandemic for engaging effectively with the Roma community.

  1. Webinar for midwives and health staff working with Afghan women

A webinar covering access to housing, support and primary care for Afghan women who are pregnant or new mothers will be held on 16th November 10:30-12:00.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 23 -29 October 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Videos and leaflets in Tigrinya on NHS health checks and vaccines

TS4SE have shared animated videos in Tigrinya and English covering NHS annual health checks, Covid-19 vaccines and flu vaccines. There are also accompanying Tigrinya leaflets on health checks and vaccines.

2. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

The easy read leaflet is now available in Braille, English Large print and British Sign Language (video).

3. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

These lateral flow test instructions are now available in Dari and Pashto.

Information Resources

  1. Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

Roma Support Group conducted a questionnaire between February and April 2021 to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the daily lives of their clients, and whether they were able to access support when needed.

Their report includes good practice recommendations on public health engagement and adapting existing support to changing community needs.

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

The government is continuously updating their guidance for people travelling to England.

People who qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England can book a lateral flow test for use from 24 October instead of a PCR test.

Yorkshire Integration Festival 2021 – Registration is now open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Yorkshire Integration Festival 2021 is now open!

Join us on Friday 19th November 2021, for a fantastic virtual event. You will hear from a range of local and national speakers and stakeholders, and find out about the excellent integration work that communities up and down Yorkshire and Humber are doing.  With the theme of ‘Rebuilding together in a changing world’, the Festival will showcase and celebrate our region’s success in integrating refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants.

We are excited to see you all there and to come together to enjoy an engaging day filled with inspiring content.

Please use this link to register your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yorkshire-integration-festival-2021-registration-185653483567

Feel free to share this invitation amongst your networks.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event.

Wellbeing & Mental Health Event Series Online this November from Time Peace

Session one:

Yoga and Meditation with Sally Talal

Monday 8th November

6.30-8.00pm

Session two:

Exploring Emotional Anatomy Theory with Jean Bosco Niyonzima

Monday 15th November

6.30-8.00pm

Session three:

Connecting with your Innate Wellbeing
with Shazia Govindji

Monday 22nd November

6.30-8.00pm

Session four:

Reflecting and sharing as a group, facilitated by Sally, Jean Bosco and Shazia

Monday 29th November

6.30-8.00pm

For full details on PDF, click here

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 9 -15 October 2021

Updated Translated Resources

1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

The UK.Gov leaflet Covid-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17 is now available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

A Braille version of the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12 – 15 years can be ordered.

2. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

The pregnancy information poster is also available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

The pregnancy social media cards have also been translated into the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian. Romany, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

3.Translated: Leeds City Council’s Covid Toolkit

The leaflet ‘Why We Think You Should Say Yes To The Covid 19 vaccine’ has been translated into the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Tigrinya and Urdu.

Audio versions of the leaflet are available for each of those languages.

Information Resources

1. Culture, spirituality and religion: migrant health guide

Public Health England have published comprehensive guidance for healthcare practitioners on the ways in which culture, spirituality and religion impact the health needs of migrant patients.

2. Updated: Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid19

Public Health England have provided general guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings including new sections on initial and contingency accommodation and dispersal accommodation.

3. Updated: ‘Caring for vulnerable migrant women’ – guide for midwives and maternity support workers

The Royal College of Midwives have published an article which highlights the barriers pregnant migrant women face when accessing healthcare.

A related report by Maternity Action on migrant charging, entitled ‘Breach of Trust – A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England’ calls for the immediate suspension of charging for NHS maternity care given the deterrent effect on women’s access to care.

Training and Events

1. Call for migrant participants in “Routes: new ways to talk about Covid for better health” research atTheLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“We would like to talk to migrant workers to understand their experiences of COVID and the pandemic response, because they are not always well served by healthcare services. We are particularly interested in talking to migrant workers in precarious jobs (e.g. zero hours contracts, informal economy).

Please circulate information about our project among your networks to see if there might be migrant workers interested in either being interviewed for about an hour or participating in a group discussion. We will pay £40 per interview, or £40 for participation in a group discussion, as cash or a voucher. If anyone from organisations supporting migrant workers would like to participate as a key informant, please let us know and we can discuss how that might work too. We do have some funds to support organisational involvement.

We know it’s important to work directly with communities to understand what type of research needs to be done, and that’s why we want to speak to community members and community organisations at every stage. We are funded by DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) but we are independent and are not part of health services.

You can contact us at depth@lshtm.ac.uk if you would like more information”

2. Free workshop: The community response to COVID-19 & vaccine roll-out

A workshop from the Health Creation Alliance taking place on Thursday 4th, Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 30th November, 14:00-15:30, aimed at NHS staff and those working in partnership with them.

This Zoom training aims to draw on the learning from COVID-19 and vaccines to improve understanding of how the NHS can work with local communities to address health inequalities among marginalised communities, particularly asylum seekers, refugees and homeless people.

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).