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

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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.

Foodbanks in Kirklees

Fusion Foodbank

Huddersfield Branch

           Pearl House,

           10 John William Street,

           Huddersfield HD11 1BA,

           Telephone: 01484 425522

Dewsbury Branch

          2nd Floor Empire House,

          Wakefield Old Road,

          Dewsbury WF12 8DJ,

          Telephone: 01924 454770

The Welcome Centre

General enquiries telephone: 01484 515086

Referral’s telephone: 01484 340034

Batley Foodbank

Town Hall Annexe,

Batley WF17 5DT,

Telephone 01924 474999

Local Welfare Provision Team – Kirklees Council

Telephone 01484 414782

Holme Valley Foodbank

Telephone 07534 855 332

Lindley Food Bank

Contact by email –  cahal.burke@kiklees.gov.uk

Batley Salvation Army Foodbank

483 Bradford Road,

Batley WF17 8PA,

Telephone: 01924 443718

Heckmondwike Foodbank

Oldfield Lane,

Heckmondwike,

Telephone: 07597011588

Useful information around food and budgets

Two short practical videos, to help with preparing economical, healthy meals and guidance on managing a monthly budget.

This first video is a step by step guide on how to make easy, nutritional and low cost meals https://youtu.be/K7LXYcrT83E

The second video is an easy step by step guide on how to budget and manage finances  https://youtu.be/-20eZ-9EM0I  

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 19-23 April 2021

Translated Resources

 

Translated: Updated guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people

 

The guidance advises people who are clinically extremely vulnerable of the precautions that they should continue to take to protect themselves, in addition to the rules that are in place for everyone.

Available in: English, Easy Read, Large Print, Audio, British Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (India), Urdu

Translated : Information for people in multiple occupancy housing

Suffolk Council have produced infographics about staying safer in shared housing.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Kurdish (Sorani), Lithuanian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish

Translated: Guidance for people who need to travel to work

Suffolk County Council have created infographics to support people who need to travel to work.

Available in: English, Arabic, Kurdish (Sorani), French, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish

Translated: Astra Zeneca – Blood clots – video advice from Thrombosis UK

Thrombosis UK have produced information videos on vaccination and blood clotting.

Available in: Arabic, French, Punjabi (India), Urdu

Translated: Factsheets addressing myths about vaccines

International SOS have produced COVID-19 Vaccination Myths vs Facts factsheets providing detailed responses to common myths.

Available in: English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Translated: Managing stress during COVID-19

International SOS have produced COVID-19 Stress Infographics – covering COVID-19 stressors, stress symptoms and coping strategies.

Available in: English, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, French, Mongolian, Russian, Vietnamese

Translated: Long-COVID information sheets and infographics

International SOS have produced long-COVID (Post-COVID-19 syndrome) information sheets and infographics.

COVID-19 Long-COVID Information Sheet – English, French, German, Spanish

COVID-19 Long-COVID Infographic – English, French, German, Spanish

Translated: Post COVID syndrome / Long-COVID, caring for yourself

South East London CCG have produced a detailed guide: Caring for yourself after coronavirus (COVID-19) booklet

Available in EnglishSpanish and Portuguese

Translated: Guide to taking a lateral flow test

NHS step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing if you are symptom-free.

Available in English, Easy Read, Large Print, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi (Gurmukhi script), Romanian | Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

Translated: Symptom free test and trace information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers on COVID-19 symptom-free (rapid) testing.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali , Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

Translated: UK.Gov guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection (including when everyone is vaccinated)

UK.Gov have produced and translated guidance for:

  • ‘people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test
  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms)
  • people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19’

Available in: English,  Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi (India), Urdu and with a Stay at home illustration

Translated: NHS – when and how to book your vaccine appointment

Official UK.Gov / NHS letter explaining when and how to book your vaccine appointment, and the choices available.

Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Nepali, Punjabi, Polish, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu

There is also a British Sign Language version of the consent form.

Translated: Post-COVID Syndrome (‘Long-COVID’)

Kings College London have created a ‘Caring for yourself after coronavirus (COVID-19)’ booklet. 

Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Translated: Updated advice for seasonal agricultural workers by the UK Government

Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to pick fruit and vegetables on farms, and their employers.

Available in English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian

          Information Resources                    

Official Guidance on accessing green spaces and outdoor activities safely

UK.Gov have produced new guidance about staying safe while outdoors.

Official updated guidance: Places of worship & religious festivals

The latest guidance from UK.Gov around safety in places of worship.

Your COVID Recovery – Info Hub

NHS have created a site to support people recovering from COVID / facing “Long-COVID”, which looks at all aspects of COVID recovery.

Long-COVID guidance

A collection of guidance from medical professionals on managing and recovering from COVID-19 and ‘Long-COVID’ containing text and useful infographic type resources.

Managing anxiety and new routines after lockdown

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust have developed the following leaflets for patients on Managing Anxiety and Managing New Routines.

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Carry My Story

Thanks to Kirklees Councils Cohesion Team working alongside Kim Strickson and colleagues this fantastic programme has taken place and plans and developments are well underway for 2021!

The information below has been extracted from page 3 and 4, of the: SUMMER TERM- EDITION 3, SCHOOLS OF SANCTUARY NEWSLETTER

Linking Programme in Kirklees, West Yorkshire

In Kirklees, West Yorkshire, a team of 3 education and community heritage specialists lead a school linking programme with over 30 schools called Carry My Story. Following a process of exploring individual and group identity, the focus for this work has been the collecting and exchanging of personal and local stories. As a pupil said, “You don’t know who people really are or what they go through in their lives until you take time to listen to their stories.”

In 2017, as a pilot project, we introduced a group of refugees and asylum seekers to a school in Huddersfield, to share their life experiences and exchange stories with pupils. It was very powerful and elicited great empathy from the children, so that they wanted to go home and talk to their parents and families about the amazing, resilient and gifted people they had met. The children were challenging preconceptions and negative stereotypes even within their family networks

Since then, with the generous help and support of Kirklees Council as well as The Linking Network who fund school linking nationally, every school group has met a refugee or asylum seeker and built a relationship with them.  It begins with each person talking to our team about their story, making choices about what they would like to share, decorating a story box  and  making a tiny book to hold their story.  These beautiful boxes are posted to schools and pupils have the pleasure of receiving a parcel and unwrapping the treasure inside.

The children and young people “carry” the story for some weeks with their teachers, collating questions they want to ask, researching the country and culture of the person whose story is shared.

The sanctuary seekers visit the school and pupils are able to ask pre-prepared questions, the depth of which continues to amaze us:

“What gave you the strength to leave your country?”

How have you had to change your identity to live here?

How do you stay happy without your family and friends around you?

Children are excited to discover that amongst our group of sanctuary seekers is a biochemist, a chemical engineer, an international footballer, an expert beekeeper, teachers, musicians, a computer scientist, a vet, and an industrial manager.

Following the visits, the children begin to form a creative response to the shared stories that can be presented to parents and fellow pupils in schools during assemblies and with a wider audience at finale events. It is a time of creativity, pride, confidence, empathy, understanding, encouragement and real love. One refugee said “Today we feel part of a big family. You have helped to create out first happy memory in the UK.”

In spite of the challenges of the past year due to the pandemic, the linking programme is continuing with 32 schools signed up and story boxes being sent out, as I write this article.  Some schools are interested in becoming Schools of Sanctuary and we are working with Sanctuary Kirklees to make sure they are supported throughout this process.  The benefits of the project have exceeded all expectations. At a time when our communities, our country and indeed the world seem ever more divisive and fractured, this work is more important and relevant than ever! 

by Kim Strickson, Monica Deb and

David Raven-Hill

Carry My Story Team

Supported by Kirklees Council, The

Linking Network and Sanctuary

Kirklees

Click below to see full newsletter.

COVID-19 vaccine animations launched to help tackle disinformation – April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine animations launched to help tackle disinformation

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched a series of animations aimed at tackling disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Aimed specifically at encouraging uptake in ethnic minority groups, the animations are available in 17 different languages and are suitable for use on a wide range of social media platforms. They cover key topics including vaccine safety, how it was tested, how it was developed so quickly, what is in it, and what the side effects are. Original files can be downloaded from the campaign resource centre in the form of short clips and also a longer video, and the English versions are also available on YouTube.

The ROADMAP Out of Lockdown – translated information.

Click below for English and other language translations.

What should and shouldn’t go in your green bin in Kirklees – translated guidance.

Click below for English and other language translations.

Adult and Community Learning – New Spring Timetable 2021

Kirklees Adult Learning has launched its spring 2021 course timetable.  Offering a range of short courses and workshops, there should be something to suit everyone.  We have courses to help with employability skills, boost confidence and thinking skills, health and wellbeing, eating healthily and on a budget as well as helping you cope with isolation.  There are courses for supporting family learning, phonics, supporting reading and how to manage challenging behaviour too. 

Many people have sadly lost their jobs during the pandemic, or understandably may be struggling to stay motivated. Learning something new is a great way to build skills and confidence, our courses are aimed at complete beginners, they are free with no fee to pay, all we ask is that you bring a willingness to learn.

Please click here to find a course for you: – Kirklees Adult & Community Learning

Email: Adult & Community Learning | Kirkgate Buildings | Byram Street | HUDDERSFIELD |HD1  1BY

Telephone: Main switchboard 01484 221000 and ask for Adult Learning

Website adult.learning@kirklees.gov.uk

Weekly Migrant Information Hub update 19 March 2021

Migrant Info Hub update #10: 12– 19 March 2021

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s update. We hope you find these resources useful, please let us know if you have any feedback or questions.

Best wishes,

MIH team

Translated Resources: Doctors of the World vaccine information, Updated Stay At Home Guidance by UK Gov, Helping children and young people cope during the pandemic, Letter to high risk 70 year olds, ‘Please get the vaccine’ videos by Ask Doc, Census information, What to do after you’ve had the vaccine – animations, New language added to Retas videos encouraging vaccine uptake

Information Resources: Tailored vaccine outreach to socially excluded groups,Guidance on shared and overcrowded housing, Differences in the experience of Covid-19 by men and women, Yorkshire and Humber Migrant Health Group webinar

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: Doctors of the World vaccine information

 

Coronavirus vaccine guidance for migrant and other excluded communities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The guidance includes advice on who can get the coronavirus vaccine and how to get it, as well as information on the safety, effectiveness, side effects, and ingredients of the vaccine.

Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish (Sorani), Pashto, Punjabi (India), Russian, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese     

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

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

UK Gov guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19 pandemic)

Available in English, Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (India), Urdu

UK Gov letter to people identified as high risk by COVID-19 population risk assessment model – aged 70 and over, explains additional vulnerabilities, offers guidance on staying safe and how to access support.

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

 

5.    Translated: ‘Please get the vaccine’ videos by Ask Doc

Ask Doc have created a video series asking people to ‘please get the vaccine’.

Available in English, Bengali, Sylheti – more languages anticipated.

This year’s census is on Sunday 21st March, and is to be completed mostly online for the first time.

Translated information about the census is available to people in Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, British Sign Language – BSL, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (India), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a collection of animated videos explaining ‘what to do after you have had the vaccine’. Key messages include: Protection takes 2-3 weeks to kick in, being vaccinated does not mean you are fully protected, the importance of the second dose, it is still possible to transmit Covid, what you should do to keep yourself and others safe, your actions matter.

Available in: English, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Kurdish (Sorani), Polish, Romanian, Somali, Spanish

Updated: New language added to Retas videos encouraging vaccine uptake

Retas added Amharic to their collection of videos encouraging vaccine uptake (based on NHS guidance)

Now available in: Amharic, Arabic, Tigrinya and Blin (an Eritrean language)

 

Information Resources

  1. Briefing: tailored vaccination outreach to socially excluded groups

Following the Health Secretary’s latest announcement to prioritise those experiencing rough sleeping or homelessness for vaccination alongside priority group 6, Doctors of the World have produced a briefing on tailored outreach COVID-19 vaccination delivery services.

This UK Gov guidance explains the additional steps you should consider to reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19. This guidance applies to those who rent their accommodation, and people who own their accommodation. There is additional guidance for landlords and tenants.

Office for National Statistics have produced Coronavirus and the different effects on men and women in the UK: March 2020 to February 2021

Includes information on physical health, mental health, paid work, unpaid work, home-schooling, and loneliness.

The Yorkshire and Humber Migrant Health Group held a webinar this week to support stakeholders in meeting the health and wellbeing needs of individuals seeking asylum.

The presentations and recordings are available here  

 

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Weekly Migrant Information Hub update 5th March 2021

 

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

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

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

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

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

New Translated Resources

 

1.   Translated: Mental health and self care information

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5.    Translated: Videos supporting vaccination

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Posters from UK Gov explaining how to source quality advice.

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

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

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

Information Resources

  1. National Youth Agency Covid-19 Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

 

Training, events and research

  1. Recorded Vaccine Webinar for Imams & Community Leaders

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

  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Workforce Cell Communications team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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