EUSS – Kirklees translated videos.

The Migration and Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council has worked with colleagues to produce videos regarding the EUSS application process and support available. Information is available in Polish, Romanian and Hungarian languages.

To access the script in English click here please

For Romanian video click here please

For Polish video click here please

For Hungarian video click here please

 “There is not long left to apply to the European Union Settlement Scheme, so we want to make sure you have you completed your application.”

“It is best to apply as soon as you can. Then you won’t have to worry about losing access to your rights as a resident here in the United Kingdom.”

“We know for some applicants the process may be more complicated, but don’t put it off. Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre are here to help you with your application and their services are free.”

“You are not alone. Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme today or get the support you need to start your application.”

“Call Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre on 0344 848 7970 or fill out the form on their website.” (kcalc.org.uk/contact-us/)

“KCALC will call you back with a translator if necessary, it may be easier to ask someone you know to call them for you and arrange this for you. Or you can fill the online form out in your preferred language. But don’t go into their office as appointments must be made over the phone.”

“If you have decided to call Kirklees home, we want to make sure can you continue to live and work here.”

“Search EU Settlement Scheme and apply today”. (Search EU Settlement Scheme)

Asylum Guide Referral – DASH

We are pleased to inform you DASH has launched a new project, Asylum Guides. The aim of this project is to increase the legal literacy of people seeking asylum in the UK. 

Asylum Guides sees trained volunteers matched with one or a small group of people seeking asylum, to provide information about the asylum process – from initial screening through to substantive interview and onto appeals, fresh claims and post decision. Interpreters will be provided. The project is a partnership with Refugee Action. Above all, our Asylum Guides will help those seeking asylum to better navigate their asylum journey.

If you meet people through your service whom this project could help, please refer directly them to me, the Project Coordinator on 07742 282676 or email abdul.h@huddsdash.org

For more information please click here

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

Public Health England has published an update document in November as a guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (COVID-19) (shielding)

In addition to English, the guidance published in 13 languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu.

You can find all documents in this link

Community Integration Award

The Community Integration Awards are open until the 30 November 2020. The Awards are aiming to spotlight community level responses to Covid-19 that bring different parts of the community together including migrants and refugees. We’re inviting nominations within three categories, Connecting CommunitiesSafety For All and Equality, Access and Rights.

We know it’s a challenging and busy time for lots of organisations navigating lockdown, but we hope this opportunity will be of interest to groups who are doing vital work in order to gain recognition and support for their efforts.  

We want to reach as many projects and groups in different regions of the UK as possible. Do you think you may be able to promote the Awards within the Yorkshire network? 

The attached flyer has the key details. Further information about eligibility and how to apply can be found here: www.integrationawards.uk/nominate/   

Many thanks in advance, 

For more information please click here

Important Covid guidance translated in to community languages: Script1- staying safe, 2 -isolation and 4-new restrictions

Click here for Arabic             اضغط هنا للغة العربيةScript 1 Script 2 Script 4
Click here for Albanian         klikoni këtu për shqip  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Amharic          ጠቅ ያድርጉ እዚህ ለአማርኛScript 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Farsi                برای فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Hungarian    Kattintson ide a Magyar  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Kurdish          لێرە كليك بكە بۆ كور د ىScript 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Mandarin      点击这里查看普通话Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Polish             Kliknij tu, aby wybrać j. polski  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Romanian    apăsați aici pentru limba română  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Spanish         Pulse aquí para Español’Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Urdu              اردو کے لئے یہاں کلک کریں  Script 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Guajarati  ગુઆજરાતી માટે અહીં ક્લિક કરોScript 1Script 2Script 4
Click here for Punjabiਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲਈ ਇੱਥੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋScript 1Script 2Script 4

You can download the English scripts here:

Also, you can just read the scripts here

Script 1

Script2

Script4

Mental health support: Solace provides a range of therapeutic services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

In Kirklees we (Solace) welcome referrals from health professionals, refugee support organisations and other services such as schools or housing teams.  We also welcome enquiries about the service, or any potential referrals if that would be helpful. 

Currently appointments are being delivered on the phone or via zoom.  We are able to provide data top ups if necessary to enable people to participate, and we also provide interpreters when required.  When we can resume face to face work again, our appointments are held at the Whitehouse Centre GP practice.

It is important that prior to making a referral all referrers discuss the potential of working with Solace with the person concerned.  For many people the idea of getting help with their psychological distress is a new concept. 

You may find it helpful to share the attached leaflet with anyone who would like to know more about the service. 

People in Kirklees can also access our two regional projects.  Connecting opportunities is a partnership project to help refugees overcome barriers to employment, and our Child and Family Wellbeing Project is for any family who is part of the resettlement scheme and for the schools who have students on the resettlement scheme. 

Further information can be found on our website www.solace-uk.org.uk including referral forms and more details about the projects. 

For more information click below to download the leaflet  

EUSS workshop

Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus law firm are offering more free online workshops covering various aspects of EU Settlement Scheme.

Please see below a list of available workshops:

  • EU nationals with pre-settled status – Wed, 18th November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 3rd December 1:00-2:30pm
  • EU Settlement Scheme in the ‘Grace period’ – Mon, 23rd November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 10th December 1:00-2:30pm
  • Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme – Thurs, 26th November 1:00-2:30pm

For more details and how to register for each workshop please read the file below

new guide to help refugees open a bank account

The Refugee Council has created a banking guide to help make this process easier for refugees. The guide explains how bank accounts work in the UK, the documents that banks require applicants to provide, how to make an application for a new account and tips for avoiding financial scams.

The guide is available in English, ArabicFarsiKurdishPashto and Tigrinya.

For more information please click here

Winter Clothing Scheme – Thrice As Nice

This is a message from DASH

Dear Friends and Supporters

I hope you’re keeping well and warm. I’m writing to let you know about DASH’s winter appeal. Our clients need winter clothes. It’s been much harder to distribute donated goods since our drop-ins had to be suspended. Whilst most of our service has continued remotely, the clothing donations stopped. But we’ve found a solution…

This innovative new scheme will benefit our clients by enabling them (from 2nd December or when rules permit) to shop for their own clothes – giving them choice, dignity and the opportunity to integrate.

An added bonus to this appeal is that a single donation will end up benefitting two local charities – DASH and Kirkwood Hospice. The latter does excellent work caring for those with life-limiting illnesses. 

The triple bonus is that the wonderful folk at One Community Kirklees have pledged to match all money raised by this appeal, pound for pound, making each donation Thrice As Nice!

Our target is £1500, which One Community would take to £3000. This would buy a substantial amount of vouchers for individuals and families living in financial hardship.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/DASHclothing

Huddersfield Job Centre Closed for 7 days

Posted on 3 November 2020: Huddersfield Jobcentre will be closed due to unforeseen circumstances for the next 7 days.

Some staff will be working from home and for any urgent enquiries regarding vulnerable claimants please phone DWP Social Justice Team: 01484 228127.

For all other Universal Credit queries, please contact Universal Credit Service Centre: 0800 328 5644 and Legacy Benefits contact: 0800 1690310

Refugees and Asylum Seekers Mental Health Training

Solace and the Migration and Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council are delivering training to raise awareness about asylum seekers and refugees mental health and support available locally, the training is for council staff and partners.

Date and Time

Thu, 29 October 2020

10:30 – 12:30 GMT

outcome of the session

  • Helping you to understand the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Explaining Solace’s therapeutic services and how to refer asylum seekers and refugees to Solace
  • Raising awareness of signposting asylum seekers and refugees to other organisations
  • Giving strategies for communicating with asylum seekers and refugees
  • Expanding awareness of issues of work with asylum seekers and refugees and self-care

to book your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/refugees-and-asylum-seekers-mental-health-training-tickets-123471188649

Your Health and Wellbeing

Kirklees Council produced a leaflet of useful health and wellbeing related support services for you and people you know. All these services are free to access providing you meet the criteria.

We believe that it’s really important to take care of your health and wellbeing, please read the document carefully and share it widely.

New Job Opportunity: Bi-Lingual Support Worker (Arabic and English or Kurdish Sorani and English)

We have  a vacancy with the International New Arrival Team based within the Learning Service. If you would like further information please give me a call Kathryn Howard – INAT project manager on 01484 221000.

https://kirklees.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-4/xf-aec1bc427629/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/4/opp/1029-Bi-Lingual-Support-Worker-Arabic-and-English-or-Kurdish-Sorani-and-English/en-GB

Closing date

12 October 2020, 11:55 PM

Black History Month 2020

Each year Black History Month is celebrated in Kirklees but due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of this year’s events will be held virtually. We have produced the attached booklet with details of events organised by community groups and individuals, local organisations and Kirklees Council.

Here are just a few examples of the fantastic events taking place in October.

  • Black Inventors, England’s Hidden History and Shakespeare and Race
  • Online exhibitions including: ‘No Ordinary Time’ and ‘Welcome to the Motherland’
  • ‘Windrush: Untold Stories’ and ‘Huddersfield and the NHS: The Caribbean Connection’
  • ‘Hear our Story’ podcast and ‘The Distracted Journey: Poems from a Slave’
  • Workshops for the Permanent Black History Mural Wall, surgeries for family tree research and Launch of Windrush Garden at Springwood
  • Musical events celebrating Rap and Gospel!

“This year’s theme of Black History Month is ‘Women in Achievement’. From politics to sport, performing arts to science, from fellow councillors to colleagues, we should celebrate the achievements of black females who continue to inspire and excel.“ Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council

for the full details please click here

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.