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/

Free Online Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for ‘Responding to Covid-19 Online Summer Leadership Programme: UK Migration & Refugee Sector’. The programme provides the tools, skills and development to overcome challenges, and to foster relationships that benefit organisations and the sector as a whole. It enables people to reach their leadership potential, build resilience and grow peer support networks during these challenging and uncertain times, through online learning and/or coaching and/or Action Learning Sets.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please don’t delay sharing this email / sending your application. More details here bit.ly/3dterqq where you can also sign up for the Info and Q&A Webinar link on Eventbrite on Thurs 21 May, 2-3pm. The programme is co-designed and co-delivered by Clore Social Leadership and LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement hosted by the Centre for Knowledge Equity).

https://www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk/programmes/responding-to-covid-19-online-programme-uk-migration-refugee-sector

Engaging Migrant Communities in the context of Covid19

The International Organization for Migration – UN Migration would like to invite you to attend our webinar “Engaging Migrant Communities in the Context of Covid-19: Lessons from the Field”. In this 90-minute webinar we will explore the importance of migrant community engagement, as learned in previous pandemic responses. This will include information on successful methodologies for engaging migrant communities during a pandemic, case studies detailing how culture informs pandemic responses, and further resources to help support the success of local COVID-19 response measures. To better facilitate a more interactive webinar, participation will be limited to 50 attendees per session. We will therefore be offering this webinar on a weekly basis to ensure all who are interested have an opportunity to attend. We have identified the first three dates available below, with additional dates subject to demand.

Dates and time and more information could be found here

Available Funding… Don’t Miss the Deadline

1. Aviva Community Fund

Aviva have broadened the criteria of the Aviva Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until 5th May. Just click the link above to find out more, and to apply.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding

2. One Community Foundation funding announcement

One Community Foundation for Kirklees has announced changes to their Coronavirus Fund. The grant making charity who is working with the National Emergency Trust to administer the fund, will now accept applications for up to £2,000 from Kirklees based charities and community groups who are responding to the Coronavirus crisis in Kirklees.

There is a new short form to complete, and applicants will need to supply a bank statement in the name of the group, and a copy of their constitution.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply again once they have completed a short evaluation form.

For example:

  • Organisations that support the on-going needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provisions, or compliment their repose
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions, etc.)
  • Support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic, including child hunger
  • Community response co-ordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effects of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

The fund is currently not accepting applications to counter the loss of income and fundraising.

To make an application please visit http://www.one-community.org.uk/looking-for-funding/coronavirus-emergency-fund.php If you would like to discuss your application please email Emma@one-community.org.uk

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Support changes in Kirklees for asylum seekers and refugees – COVID19

In this post, we will keep you updated regarding the following services:

Health team, Education/children and young people team, voluntary sector, post decision, immigration advice, Mears, Migrant Help and Home Office.

Health

Whitehouse centre, NHS, TB and Health visiting team

Registered patients
The practice is open but we are asking patients not to come to the practice. We are managing patients by phone. Anyone needing advice or assessment can call 03330436243 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday). We are using telephone interpreters.

Asylum Seekers needing to register

Asylum seekers should continue to register. We have reduced the amount of paperwork required.

The form we need is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gms1

Ideally these could be completed by accommodation providers. In the email they could also alert us to any concerns and indicate if the client needs an urgent telephone call from us. Medication requests can be made by email (photograph boxes if not obvious what tablets are).

The crucial information we need is:

Name, DOB, Gender, Place of birth, Telephone number, Any previous address in the UK, Enough details of previous GP if there is one (so we do not create another record), Date of arrival in UK, Signature ideally (but not essentially given the situation if creates workload).

This form can be emailed to us at LCP.locala-WhitehouseCentre@nhs.net. If possible a scanned copy of any Home Office or Mears documentation is highly recommended. It will help us make sure we get the names and details correct.

Alternatively you can register on-line but we may also require supplementary information about medications etc

https://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/secure/pre_reg1.aspx?p=B85659

We will send the patient a text message when they have been registered to explain how to contact us.

Other queries
Please feel free to email us if you have a question about a Kirklees asylum seeker and their health. Emergency matters can be assessed under ‘urgent and necessary care’ if the patient is not registered with us. This will be by phone initially.

NHS-CCG

“Appointments at your local doctors are now being held on the phone or online. If you have an appointment with a nurse or doctor they will contact you. Please do not walk into your doctors or health centre for any reason without being told to attend. If you have any health concerns you can use the NHS online tool which will help give advice https://111.nhs.uk/ before you call your doctors.”

There is also a press release from the CCG which is available on our website for anyone to use and share https://www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/gp-practices-in-kirklees-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19/

Health Visiting:
Business as usual.
We continue to offer movement in visits, birth visits and Antenatal contacts face to face as long as the families are not self-isolating or showing any symptoms.
We can skype the contact though.
www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk/0-19-team
T:  03033 309440

TB Screening:
Business as usual
http://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/tb-nursing-service
T:  0303 330 9869

Education /Children and young people

International New Arrivals Team
School and home visits are postpone for now but you could do referral on:
Education.SafeguardingService@kirklees.gov.uk

Free School Meals
For pupils who are registered for free school meals their allocated school will have made their own arrangements which may include supermarket vouchers, food parcels or pre-prepared sandwiches.

Schools are now registering eligible pupils for the national supermarket voucher scheme and will be contacted by their schools and informed of their arrangements. Those families will be asked to register their children and they will receive £15 voucher per child  per week to be used at their chosen supermarket from the  list provided.  

If there are any families who feel they are eligible for free school meals and are not registered or are having difficulties receiving the FSM vouchers please contact  the International New Arrival team by email: Education.SafeguardingService@kirklees.gov.uk or telephoning 01484221919 requesting support. One of the team will contact with an interpreter if required therefore please give name of child, address and telephone number.  

Kirklees College has been closed.

Kirklees College is planning to re=open in September, however, there’s no specific dates yet especially for the ESOL courses.

In normal years, the ESOL team has an assessment day where all ESOL students, new and old, are invited in to enrol and assessments. This part will be updated as soon as we receive any new information. Date: 07/07/2020

Voluntary Sector

In addition, some of the drop-in session of the voluntary sector organisation have been cancelled as well for now such as: 611, Reach and Connecting Opportunities.

However, there is a level of support available support locally specifically for asylum seekers via our fantastic Voluntary Sector:

DASH
All drop-in session are now closed.
Telephone service only. 07702 382 647 and 07926 457 599
Phone line open Mon – Fri, 9-5. 
Telephone appointments take place during usual drop-in hours: Tuesday mornings and Thursdays

Please note, the phone line is to triage and arrange appointments. 
Services: asylum casework, destitution support, welfare referrals. 
(Migrant Help, Mears, Post Decision, Welcome Centre, Whitehouse Centre)

For updates:
Twitter @DASH_ASYLUM_UK 
Facebook @DestituteAsylumSeekersHuddersfield

Dated: 26/06/2020

Volunteers Together
Service: By telephone only 07804867564.
When: 5 days a week Mon to Fri 10:00 till 16:00
Dated: 08/04/2020

Womens Centre:

Service: Over the phone only 01484 450866
When: Calls from 9 until 4 (answer machine available outside this time
Offering emotional support over the phone and some online groups.  New referrals accepted by email.

Service: Over the phone only 01484 450866
When: Calls from 9 until 4 (answer machine available outside this time
Offering emotional support over the phone and some online groups.  New referrals accepted by email. Dated: 30/06/2020

Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre can help anyone resident in South Kirklees who is struggling to afford to buy food. (If the client is from North Kirklees we can give details of organisations who can assist.)  

As a food bank we obviously offer food but we can supply more than just food!

Our referral line 01484 340034 is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, any professional working with an individual or family can make the referral. At present we are delivering directly to the client address, the next working day after the referral is made. All drivers are DBS checked and will deliver adhering to Government guidelines.The Welcome Centre stock Items:
We can supply the following via telephone referral

·        Food parcels (to suit available cooking facilities and dietary requirements)
·        Toiletry packs (soap, toilet rolls, toothbrush & toothpaste, razors, deodorant & shaving foam and sanitary items)
·        Cleaning Pack (Washing up liquid, dish cloth, sponge and J-Cloths)
·        Towels Pack (bath, hand and flannel)
·        Pair of Curtains (limited sizes available)
·        Duvet Quilt (new or clean and washed)
·        Bedding Pack (Duvet cover and sheet + pillowcases)
·        Pillow (1 for single, 2 for double bed)
·        PAT tested kettle and Toaster (if available)
·        Home Starter Pack (Crockery, cutlery and pans, can opener, sharp knife, tea towels, laundry powder) 

Updated: 25/06/2020

We are open for new CO referrals now. Anyone who is aged 22 and over and has a right to live and work in UK and has arrived in UK as a refugee or migrant can apply by going onto Migration Yorkshire website through online application for Connecting Opportunities or they can call Bary Malik on 07879 636427 .

Apart from weekly WhatsApp English classes we are also offering wellbeing workshops. for more details regarding those classes please contact Bary on the same number above. Date: 03/07/2020

Welcome Mentors

Are now providing a “Telephone Welcome Mentors” service.
– Translating important information to people whose first language is not English.
– Support – Befriending referrals assisting them by completing regular telephone communications to support the individuals wellbeing. This may also include text and Whats App. We have the new link on line at Volunteering Kirklees.  https://volunteeringkirklees.org.uk/job/telephone-welcome-mentor/
Dated: 07/07/2020

Meet try and learn

The project will return when social distancing measures are removed.
Dated: 07/07/2020

This Way 4 English 

We are now offering over the phone Assessments – please contact Anita on 07425444080 via phone , text or WhatsApp.

Free Zoom ESOL Classrooms

WhatsApp your Zoom teacher Saira on 07776 588698 for more information
Dated: 07/07/2020

Legal Advice

Citizen Advice – KCALC:
Cases by phone only: 03448487970
Dated: 08/04/2020

Job Centre
Service: Customers advised not to attend face to face appointments for 3 months.
You could find their updates on https://twitter.com/@dwp
Dated: 08/04/2020

Post Decision Team:
Please do not come to the Customer Service centre’s instead please call the team on 01484 221000 and ask for “Housing Solutions”.

The Post Decision cases need to make a claim for mainstream benefits.  They will continue to receive financial support until their benefits have come through.  However, once they have received their first payment they must inform the Home Office, to avoid any overpayments being made.
Dated: 20/04/2020

Refugee Council has been calling on the government to protect people seeking asylum and refugees at risk due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  We are particularly concerned for people who are unable to access accommodation or support, those on limited support and those in shared accommodation who may be unable to self-isolate.

This page provides a summary of the government’s response to date,  noting key temporary changes to asylum and resettlement policy and practice.  Information will be updated on a daily basis.  Last updated at 10:00am, on 3rd July 2020

To read all changes please click here

Home Office

a. Pause in face to face substantive asylum interviews:

In an update circulated on 18 March 2020, the Home Office have confirmed that they are temporarily suspending face to face substantive asylum interviews.

In the meantime, we are exploring other ways to find the information we need to make our decisions; digitally, by telephone and by post/ email, for example.  We can already interview people digitally from our offices or onsite in other location in some circumstances and are looking for support from digital colleagues to do that in a different way that doesn’t involve us being in one of our offices.  On that basis, we hope – availability of staff and applicants allowing – to be conducting those substantive asylum interviews again soon

b. Further Submissions to Liverpool Temporarily Suspended

It has now been confirmed that applicants wanting to make further submissions in support of a fresh claim for asylum no longer have to travel to Liverpool to hand them in. Instead, application can be sent in via post, or via e-mail (details below). This new process will be a temporary measure due to the Coronavirus. A message will be sent to all applicants who have already booked an appointment.

Postal address: FSU, The Capital Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP

Email : CSUCE@homeoffice.gov.uk

c. Sector Coordination on COVID-19

UKLGIG and the Red Cross have set up two Google groups to facilitate communications in the refugee and migration sector on coronavirus. The COVID-19 operations group will focus on service delivery, support and sustaining organisations. The COVID-19 policy group will discuss policy and advocacy efforts around migrants and refugees and COVID-19

If you would like to join either or both groups, please email Catherine at UKLGIG (catherine.kelly@uklgig.org.uk) or Leila (leila.zadeh@uklgig.org.uk)

Mears updates
Business as usual
Food Packs are available to vulnerable Asylum Seekers. Asylum Seekers need to contact Mears directly.
Dated: 08/04/2020

Migrant Help
A lot of staff members are working from home, however, We ask for support from our sector and the community to help direct our clients appropriately, particularly in encouraging clients to use our free national telephone line (0808 8010 503) for asylum queries.
Dated: 08/04/2020

Kirklees Council events postponed

Kirklees Welcomes Briefing sessions:
20 March 2020 – Dewsbury library – Dewsbury
23 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield

Introduction to Migration:
26 March 2020 – Howlands Centre – Dewsbury
30 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield

Only 5 more days for small charities to apply for urgent fund between £5,000 to £20,000

Martin Lewis has set up a grant application for small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK to apply for grants from between £5k – £20k provided by Martin Lewis.

There is a total of £1,000,000 in the pot and charities just need to fill out the form before Wednesday 25th March.

Click here for the Application Form

Before you apply, please have a read here for more information and criteria.

If you need advice and support before submitting the application, please get in contact with: thirdsector@kirklees.gov.uk

Good luck

NHS Covid 19 Testing & Treatment

Including those in the UK “without Permission”

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-entitlements-migrant-health-guide

There can be no charge made to an overseas visitor for the diagnosis or treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

All overseas visitors, including anyone living in the UK without permission, should be aware that:

1.    No charges apply to testing for COVID-19, even if the result is negative, or to any treatment provided for COVID-19 if the result is positive or up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. The same is true of most other infectious diseases.
2.    NHS trusts have been advised that no immigration checks are required for overseas visitors that are known to be only undergoing testing or treatment for COVID-19.

Beyond Sanctuary: Legislative Theatre.

20th March 2pm-4.30pm, Leeds

Alongside ongoing work exploring the integration of refugees in Yorkshire and the Humber the School of Human and Health Sciences (University of Huddersfield) and Migration Yorkshire invite you to a very different way of understanding and thinking about refugee integration in the UK through Legislative Theatre.

Please see and book your free place(s) on the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-sanctuary-legislative-theatre-tickets-97734553681

We are assembling an audience that will represent a variety of sectors, experiences and characteristics to be part of a special performance of Legislative Theatre which will address refugee integration strategies. Legislative Theatre brings community members, advocates, and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the rules and laws that affect communities facing oppression. Katy Rubin, the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed in New York, has been working in the region with a number of refugee actors to help connect real-world experiences to policy making.

It is well known that the social, economic and cultural integration of refugees is a multidimensional process in which individuals, statutory institutions, voluntary and community groups and all of social all have a role. However, it is also known that achieving and enacting integration can be complex, challenging and, in some cases, misunderstood. All too often to focus is on the newcomer to change without adequate understanding of the daily lives people lead in the UK.

At the region’s inaugural Legislative Theatre event, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of challenges as refugees in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Members of the audience can then volunteer to act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. The audience will then submit ideas to specially selected key representatives across the policy sphere within Yorkshire and Humber, and then vote on which ideas should be taken forward and acted on.

The event will be engaging, powerful and fun. It will make all who attend question what they think they know, what they do and how we can all contribute to change in some way. The event is free to attend, refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to share amongst your networks.

If you have any questions about the event please contact ;
Professor Philip Brown, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Professor of Housing and Communities

: 01484 473292
: p.a.brown@hud.ac.uk
: www.hud.ac.uk
Twitter: @profphilbrown
Skype: philipabrown