Introduction to Migration training

Migration Yorkshire and Kirklees Council are delivering “Introduction to Migration” training for Kirklees Council staff, partners and volunteers work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are living in the UK.

Training will be held via Zoom and link will be sent prior to the training.

Tuesday, 3rd Nov 1.30pm – 4pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/introduction-to-migration-by-migration-yorkshire-tickets-122224700369

Password: MYT123

EU Settlement Scheme Training

Would you benefit from knowing more about the EU Settlement scheme (EUSS)? If you have service users, volunteers, friends, family or colleagues who need to apply for EUSS we can help you to help them with some free online training.

This is a joint work between Kirklees Council and Citizen Advice and Law Centre to deliver six sessions about EU Settlement Scheme.

The training will be delivered by Jamie Mclean, and Teams platform will be used for the training.

Session outcomes

1)      How to recognise potential EUSS cases

2)      What to do when you have identified an EUSS case

3)      The requirements for an EUSS application / what needs to be in place at the outset

4)      The deadline – and what happens afterwards

5)      Status documents and the potential issues

Monday 28 September 4pmhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121171696807 

Monday 12 October 2pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121720552449  

Wednesday 21 October 11amhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121723244501  

Friday 6 November 2pmhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121723864355  

Thursday 19 November 4pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121724927535  

Tuesday 1 December 4pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121725206369  

New 2 English

NEW ESOL programme coming to Kirklees this September.

The programme is for Pre-Entry and Entry 1 Learners and will be delivered on behalf of #KirkleesWelcomes and Kirklees Council by Paddock Community Trust and Ravensthorpe Community Centre.

The classes will be taught by qualified teachers and will last 12 weeks, with two sessions a week.

Lesson format will reflect current local COVID measures. There is support for those digitally isolated to engage on the programme through a digital equipment loan scheme. (Subject to approval)

If you would like to refer someone or want help yourself in knowing if this is the right course for you help is available from the #KirkleesWelcomes This Way 4 English Team, email Thisway4English@tslkirklees.org.uk or ring and speak to Anita on 0725444080, Whats app or send a text.

The programme also offers so group work, targeting parents and is a short programme of 12 guided learning hours which looks to engage people on an ESOL journey, but reflects the current need to educate people on keeping themselves and their family safe in the COVID pandemic. For more information of working together with groups please contact Christina, Christina@tslkirklees.org.uk

Public Health England – translated general advice

You should always try to stay 2 metres away from other people, wash your hands often, not touch your face and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue. These actions are critical to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.

More information is available on what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and all other public places where you are required to do so by law.

More information is available on when to wear a face covering and how to make your own face covering.

You should limit the number of people you see socially. Always try to stay 2 metres away from people you do not live with or who are not in your ‘support bubble’1.

More information is available on support bubbles and social distancing.

Unless you live in an area with local restrictions, you and the people you live with can socialise indoors with people from one other household, and you can stay overnight with each other. Try to keep 2 metres apart from people not in your own household.

More information is available on what you can and can’t do.

You can socialise outdoors with up to 6 people from different households. If you want to socialise with more than 6 people, you can meet outside up to a limit of 30 people, but only if they are from your household and one other household. Always try to keep 2 metres apart.

More information is available on how to safely meet other people outside of your home.

You should take special care when spending time with people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

More information is available on how to support people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Staying at home

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and book a free test immediately. Closely follow the advice you are given when you book your test. If you live with other people, they should stay at home too.

Information on how to book a test and advice on what to do next is available.

If you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you are a contact of a person with COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.

More information is available on what to do if you are a contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you are returning from certain countries affected by COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.

Find out which countries are affected.

If you are staying at home for any COVID-19 related reason, you should not go outside except to your own garden or outside space. You should not have visitors to your home except for people who provide you with essential care.

More information is available for carers who are visiting you at home.

Click here for Arabic             اضغط هنا للغة العربية
Click here for Bengaliবাংলা য় ক্লিক করুন
Click here for Guajarati  ગુઆજરાતી માટે અહીં ક્લિક કરો
Click here for Mandarin      点击这里查看普通话
Click here for Polish             Kliknij tu, aby wybrać j. polski  
Click here for Urdu              اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  
Click here for Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲਈ ਇੱਥੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ

EUSS poster and flyer

Do you want to stay in the UK after June 2021?

To protect your right to live, work and study in the UK you must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before June 2021, if you are a European Union citizen.

Need help with your application? Contact the Kirklees Law Centre: Tel: 0344 848 7970 http:kcalc.org.uk/our-services/eu-settlement-scheme

Kirklees Council produced an A4 poster and A5 flyer to encourage EU citizen to apply for the settlement status.

A4 poster

A5 Flyer

Advice for living with other people in 11 language

Click here for English             
Click here for Arabic             اضغط هنا للغة العربية
Click here for Albanian         klikoni këtu për shqip  
Click here for Guajarati  ગુઆજરાતી માટે અહીં ક્લિક કરો
Click here for Hungarian    Kattintson ide a Magyar  
Click here for Kurdish          لێرە كليك بكە بۆ كور د ى
Click here for Mandarin      点击这里查看普通话
Click here for Polish             Kliknij tu, aby wybrać j. polski  
Click here for Romanian    apăsați aici pentru limba română  
Click here for Spanish         Pulse aquí para Español’
Click here for Urdu              اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  
Click here for Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲਈ ਇੱਥੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ

Working Together to Support You

Kirklees Council and its partners have developed the following document for available support for asylum seekers in Kikrlees

          Click here for English   
Click here for Arabic    اضغط هنا للغة العربية  
Click here for Albanian          klikoni këtu për shqip  
Click here for Amharic           ጠቅ ያድርጉ እዚህ ለአማርኛ 
Click here for Farsi                 برای فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید  
Click here for Kurdish           لێرە كليك بكە بۆ كور د ى 
Click here for Mandarin       点击这里查看普通话 
Click here for Spanish          Pulse aquí para Español’  
Click here for Urdu               اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  

translated resources from Migration Yorkshire

1. Migration Yorkshire has translated Test and Trace information in the following languages

Albanian, Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Czech, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, German, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish

2. The translated resource page on Migrant Info Hub has been given an overhaul and there is a lot of resources on the following topics in different languages:

· Translation news and updates
· National guidance
· Test and trace
· Face coverings
· Health information
· Mental wellbeing
· WHO’s coronavirus WhatsApp information service
· Using technology
· Domestic abuse
· Children and families
· School
· Benefits
· Housing
· Shopping and socialising
· Work
· Modern Slavery
· Visas and immigration
· Scams and safety
· LGBTQIA+

3. Updated information on vulnerable children and young people page, and children, young people and families.

4. Single language pages have started to be produced, Arabic, Albanian and Farsi are on line with several more languages to come soon.

Don’t wait too long – you may miss out – EUSS Press Release

Are you an EU citizen currently living in the UK ? Are you the partner, spouse, parent, child or close relative of an EU citizen living in the UK ? Have you applied for EU Settled Status ?

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC) wants to warn people that time is running out to make these applications. The UK has left the EU but in the current transition period nothing has changed regarding the rights of EU citizens. Any EU citizen can currently come to the UK and live and work without restriction. That transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and after that date any EU citizen coming to the UK will only be able to visit for short periods unless they have obtained a visa. EU citizens living in the UK without a visa or settled status after that date will be here unlawfully and possibly subject to removal by the authorities.

All EU/EAA or Swiss citizens who have lived for any period of time in the UK by 31 December this year are eligible to apply for EU Settled Status. In addition, their children, long-term partners, spouses, parents, dependents and other close relatives will also be able to apply for status even if they are not EU citizens themselves. Irish citizens don’t need to apply to this scheme although they can if they want. You must apply for settled status even if you already have a Permanent Residence card because that will no longer be valid.

The application is relatively simple, free of charge and is done online. Depending on how long you have been in the UK you will be entitled to settled status or pre-settled status. Those with pre-settled status can later apply for settled status and those with settled status can later apply for British citizenship if they want. There are different rights depending on which status you have but both will allow you to continue to live in the UK. Once you have your status your close family members can then apply. You have until 30 June 2021 to apply but you will find that if you cannot prove your status after the end of 2020 that you may have problems in obtaining work, health care or housing.

Although the application is intended to be simple you may need some assistance. You will need a valid ID, Proof of residency in the UK and details of any criminal convictions. KCALC can offer free help to people who have particular difficulties in making an application or who don’t have the documents they need. See our website on www.kcalc.org.uk for details of the service we provide or call 0344 848 7970 for a referral to our specialist team.

Don’t leave it too late. Don’t miss your opportunity. Get advice now.

Coronavirus: advice for UK visa

1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

The document is produced by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration, and you will find the following information:

  1. If you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020
  2. If you’re working for the NHS
  3. If you’re outside the UK
  4. If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life
  5. If you want to cancel your visa
  6. Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

To access the full document please click on the link below:

2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

This is advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are sponsoring those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

The document is produced by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration, and you will find the following information:

  1. If your student or employee is absent
  2. If you’re sponsoring a student who is distance learning
  3. If you have issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) and the sponsored employee or student has not yet applied for a visa
  4. If you’re sponsoring a student who’s waiting for their Tier 4 visa application to be decided
  5. If you’re sponsoring employees who are working from home
  6. If you’re sponsoring an employee who’s waiting for their Tier 2 or 5 visa application to be decided
  7. If you cannot pay the salaries of sponsored employees because you’ve temporarily reduced or ceased trading
  8. Scanned documents
  9. If you need more information about the measures in place for students and their sponsors
  10. Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

To access the full document please click on the link below:

3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students

Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

To access the full document please click on the link below:

New Accredited ONLINE Training Programmes

DIP has launch a new, FREE, Government Funded, Accredited ONLINE Training Programmes, which is now available across West Yorkshire to all Adult (19+) Learners, with a particular focus on the unemployed.

Click here for the training leaflet for the new Accredited Online Training Programme, which learners can benefit from the comfort of their homes,at times to suit their convenience, all the way from initial contact/referral right through to achieving their qualification/s. Learners will also benefit from dip’s excellent One-to-One Tutor Support over the phone and/or via web-conferencing, whichever is suitable/convenient for learners.

The new qualifications covered 14 subject areas :

• Digital Skills / IT                                 • Health & Social Care

• Employability                                      • Counselling

• Customer Service                                 • Information, Advice & Guidance

• Retail                                                 • Managing Your Money

• Warehousing & Storage                        • Safeguarding & Prevent

• Business                                              • Equality & Diversity

• Digital Marketing & Social Media            • Data Protection

Referrals for the new Accredited Online Training Programmes can now be made via:

• Phone: 0800-279 786 1 or 01924 474849 (Mon to Fri: 9.30am to 5pm)

• E-Mail: mailbox@dipgroup.net (24hrs)

• Web: www.dip.training (24hrs)

CV19 advice for communities. Video and audio files in various languages

Coronavirus, also know as COVID-19, is still in our community.

We’ve seen an increase in people testing positive for coronavirus or COVID-19 in Kirklees.

There are a few, very simple things you can do to make sure you don’t get the virus or spread it to others.

When you go out, stay at least 2 metres (or 3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with.

Don’t shake hands or share lifts in cars.

Avoid crowds, including large gatherings of friends or family. 

Wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, on public transport and in shops.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water as often as you can.  Especially when you’ve been outside your home.

At home, clean surfaces and any shared items as often as possible.

And open your windows to keep rooms well ventilated.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you may feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or having three or more coughing episodes in a day.   
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any of these symptoms, you must stay at home.

Isolate yourself from the rest of your household.

Call 119 or go on to the NHS website to book a test for coronavirus.

Thank you for playing your part in keeping yourself and your community safe.  Following this advice will save lives.

Stay tuned for the rest of the videos/audios

Click here for Arabic              اضغط هنا للغة العربية 
Click here for Albanian          klikoni këtu për shqip  
Click here for Amharic           ጠቅ ያድርጉ እዚህ ለአማርኛ 
Click here for Bosnian  Kliknite ovdje za bosanski jezik 
Click here for Farsi                 برای فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید  
Click here for Hungarian     Kattintson ide a Magyar  
Click here for Kurdish           لێرە كليك بكە بۆ كور د ى 
Click here for Mandarin       点击这里查看普通话 
Click here for Polish              Kliknij tu, aby wybrać j. polski   
Click here for Punjabi   
Click here for Romanian     apăsați aici pentru limba română  
Click here for Spanish          Pulse aquí para Español’  
Click here for Urdu               اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  
Click here for Vietnamese    Bấm vào đây để tiếng việt 

How can we reduce loneliness amongst migrants and ethnic minority groups and individuals ?

While loneliness is increasingly recognised as a social problem with significant implications for mental and physical health, research addressing these issues within migrant and ethnic minority groups is limited and there is reason to believe that these populations may face increased risks. The project examined the various approaches to tackling loneliness that have been developed and tested with migrants and ethnic minority people. The findings of the research have been brought together in diagrams, pictures and words “

To download the document please click here. This document is best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Multiple Government Guidance documents in various languages

1. COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities. the document is translated to Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Guajarati, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Somali, Urdu.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july

2. COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. This document is translated to Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Guajarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

3. COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. you will find 2 different documents in this link.

A. Guidance for household with possible or confirmed corona virus. This document is translated to Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Guajarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu.

B. Guidance for household with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has a possible or confirmed corona virus. Arabic, Bengali, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Guajarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

4. COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

This page contains information on COVID-19 of relevance for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the West Midlands, as well as those working with and supporting them. It is not an exhaustive and up-to-the-minute source of information on COVID-19 and we urge people to check official gov.uk and nhs.uk websites for the latest information. Some information is repeated as it relates to more than one section of the page. If you have questions or comments on this webpage or on COVID-19 insofar as it relates to migration, please contact wmsmp@birmingham.gov.uk.

https://www.wmsmp.org.uk/covid-19-resources-and-guidance/

We haven’t beaten the virus… yet

COVID-19 is still in our community. The only way to eliminate it is to stop it from spreading. All of us have the power to beat the virus. Here’s how you can play your part…

Click here for English               
Click here for Arabic              اضغط هنا للغة العربية 
Click here for Albanian          klikoni këtu për shqip  
Click here for Guajarati  ગુઆજરાતી માટે અહીં ક્લિક કરો 
Click here for Farsi                 برای فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید  
Click here for Hungarian     Kattintson ide a Magyar  
Click here for Kurdish           لێرە كليك بكە بۆ كور د ى 
Click here for Mandarin       点击这里查看普通话 
Click here for Polish              Kliknij tu, aby wybrać j. polski   
Click here for Romanian     apăsați aici pentru limba română  
Click here for Spanish          Pulse aquí para Español’  
Click here for Urdu               اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  

Click here for Punjabi

Coronavirus: Information in other languages

Kirklees Council has produced the following page COVID19 information in various languages,

Please click on the link below,

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/coronavirus-languages.aspx

You will find information in Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Guajarati, Hungarian, Kurdish, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Urdu. The information is: letters to citizens, Community Response information, Community Response leaflets and letters.

Also, you will find Health advice in 60 languages, as well as, mental health information in Guajarati, Polish, Romanian and Urdu.

Finally, you will find the link to our Kirklees Welcomes translated information section and other useful information as well.

Please share this widely.

Safeguarding Online Training

SaferKirklees and KirkleesWelcomes are working together to deliver online safeguarding training.

Anyone from the voluntary sector organisations’ staff and volunteers are welcome.

It’s free but you need to book via Eventbrite link. Each link has a password to access to it.

1. Domestic abuse

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/domestic-abuse-awareness-online-training-tickets-113741116742

Password: DAA123

2. Modern Slavery

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/modern-slavery-awareness-tickets-114089609092

Password: MSA123

3. Honour based abuse

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/honour-based-abuse-tickets-114110072298

Password: HBA123

If you have any questions please contact Karen.Booth@kirklees.gov.uk or Abed.Moubayed@kirklees.gov.uk

Useful electronic resources for translated COVID19 information

1. A group of doctors, medical students and volunteers have created infographics to help summarise key points about COVID-19 in a variety of languages to get the right information, in an easy to understand format, to these communities.

Click here to visit the website https://covid19graphics.info/

You need to choose first the language (the information is available in 40 languages). Then click on the section you need to read about: CO19 advice, school advice, non co19 patient advice and shop advice. In each section you will find info graphs about different related topic.

2. Doctors of the World, in partnership with the Mayor of London, has produced motion graphic videos with key COVID-19 information for migrants living in the UK.

These are available in 11 priority languages: Bengali, Bulgarian, English, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Click here to visit the website https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/key-covid-19-information-for-migrants/#

3. Migration Yorkshire have an electronic resources named Migration Hub for the latest updates regarding COVID19 in different languages

Click here to visit the website https://migrantinfohub.org.uk/

4. Maternity leaflets: Parent information for new borns – translated versions

Click here to visit the website https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/maternity-leaflets-translated-versions/

DASH is recruiting an Asylum Guides Coordinator

Hours: 18.75 hours a week
Salary: £12 an hour
Contract: 3 years

Deadline: 9 July 

Interviews: 14/15 July tbc

Start date: 1 August 2020

DASH is one of 7 frontline organisations covering 7 UK regions undertaking the Asylum Guides project, in partnership with Refugee Action and funded by Comic Relief. 

Rooted in the principles of Early Action, the Asylum Guides project takes a preventative approach that aims to empower those seeking asylum to better navigate the UK asylum system by increasing knowledge and understanding of their rights and options within it. The project will be delivered to DASH clients, by trained volunteers, through one-to-one and group-based sessions. The coordinator will recruit, train and manage the DASH team of Asylum Guides.

As those who have gone through the UK asylum system will be central to this project’s delivery, we are particularly keen to hear from refugees.

To apply, please email maeve.l@huddsdash.org for a full job description and application form.

huddsdash.org/

#KirkleesWelcomes – Its up to you

What is ‘It’s up to You’?
‘It’s up to You’ is the Kirklees Council’s Cohesion teams funding programme and one of the key ways in which  communities think how they can work together to improve the lives of everyone in their communities and get to know others in the local community.

What’s it all about?
The process is simple, local people submit ideas for small scale projects that will help bring people together in their areas, both people who are already living there and new migrants to the area. Individuals can apply for up to £100 and groups (who don’t have to be formal groups) can apply for up to £500.

These ideas are then put on display at a public event where everyone from the local area can read them and decide which ones they like best. Every voter has three votes to distribute as they see fit amongst the candidates. At the end of the event the votes are counted up and the projects with the most votes all get a share of the pot allocated to that are

What is funded?
The ideas are tremendously varied and reflect the different needs of the diverse areas of Kirklees. Past applications have included language classes for non-native speakers, fitness classes for older people, projection equipment for a community cinema, International Women’s Day projects, crèche facilities for working parents, funding for a Wellbeing Café and many more.

One World Group
Please take the time to watch the short film, One World Group is a fantastic International arts group in Huddersfield. A very talented group from all over the world who now live in and around Huddersfield. They came together because of their love of art and creativity but also bringing with that many different cultures and of course their amazing skills. The group before COVID19 met every Friday at S2R which is the perfect space for such a creative group

Being awarded £500 from Its Up To You has allowed the group to move from meeting in Jean York’s front room to rent a space in the Town Centre to develop their ideas and creativity

There are many people in this short film but a huge thank you to Jean York who established and developed the One World Craft group, Jean is joined in the film by Cllr Pattison Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities , Mashuda Shaikh Kirklees Faith and Integration Manager and also Yinka who you will see in one of the #CarryMyStory good news stories this week.

Brilliant work, a huge thank you to all involved.  

Welcome Mentor

The Welcome Mentors “WM” is a service commissioned by Kirklees Councils Communities Service, Third Sector Leaders “TSL” in Kirklees manage the programme working closely with the Councils Migration and Refugee Resettlement Team.

The WM is a befriending service and the team is playing such a vital role especially now during CO19 to reduce isolation and loneliness.

When an individual or a family have been referred, the WM team match them with the right mentor to provide a suitable support.

Currently, there are 70 active welcome mentor across Kirklees. They look after refugees, asylum seekers and migrants individuals and families on daily basis.

In the below video an explanation about the role of WM, what do they on daily basis and what is the criteria of a good welcome mentor. You don’t need to invest a lot of time to join the team and become a mentor. This is an open invitation for everyone to join the Welcome Mentor Team.

Kirklees Libraries – #RefugeeWeek

Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.

Take a look at our themed collection, choose a book to read and join us.

Books transport us…..Through the page, we can reach out and touch another’s experience, or take a hike with them through the mountains and valleys of their imagination.

We encourage everyone to register with the libraries across Kirklees. Therefore, we produced a leaflet to explain how to register and what we offer. As we don’t want anyone to be excluded, we translated the leaflet to 11 languages in order to try most of the people living in Kirklees. The translation have been done by a group of Kirklees Council employees who volunteered to do translation, as well as, Welcome Mentors volunteers.

Click on the link below for the library e-learning material

https://kirklees.overdrive.com/search?query=learn+english

Libraries of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary UK invites organisations across the voluntary, public and private sectors to contribute to a culture of welcome by following three straightforward processes: Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary, take positive action to embed the concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within the context of the organisation and the wider community and share their vision and achievements. Public libraries are a key part of this and we want all Kirklees Libraries to be safe, neutral, welcoming spaces that are accessible to all.

Welcoming people seeking sanctuary from conflict, persecution, environmental issues and other new arrivals, our Libraries of Sanctuary work provides us with a focus to improve and develop our service provision and foster a culture of inclusion and support integration in our communities. We already provide free access to books, e-books and e-audio, including community and dual language titles, along with free access to I.T and various online resources such as Press Reader which hosts a number of international publications.

We offer ESOL provision in our libraries through the delivery of informal library run conversation groups and enable other groups such as ‘Meet, Try and Learn’ to convene and This Way for English (#TW4E) in our space. The Kirklees Welcomes initiatives have already had a positive impact by decreasing loneliness and enabling people to meet and make new friends and learn new skills. We have also worked closely with other partner organisations such as DASH in Huddersfield to provide a dual language storytime including the opportunity to join the library service for the attending families. An important part of this work involved the fact that ID is no longer required to join Kirklees Libraries, therefore removing a very difficult barrier to service access for many people.

We support Refugee Week every year through the delivery of awareness raising events and activities and do this in partnership with others wherever possible. This year we are, of course, somewhat restricted in our participation but are still able to promote our extensive collection of e-books and e-audio on the theme of exile. One of our library members of staff has also recorded a lovely Kurdish poetry reading which we are sharing widely online.  As part of our ongoing Libraries of Sanctuary work we also aim to train all our staff and volunteers to understand issues faced by sanctuary seekers and be able provide them with signposting and support.

Our e-book collection can be found at https://kirklees.overdrive.com/ The Kurdish Poetry Reading can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQY_GdnKyiY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1nGqL0GmCqBE24HbH6vJCxkZE9JKAbHWsXGB1m2qkiXqpDQiDuXdXCWf0

Watch the video to learn more about Libraries of Sanctuary