Online event for Holocaust Memorial Day

We are pleased to invite you to an online event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, beginning at  11am on Wednesday 27th January:

The theme of Be the light in the darkness is particularly apt for many people who have been facing difficult circumstances during the last 10 months.

Remember from home :   http://tiny.cc/6MillionPlus

The event will include puppetry and performances from refugees and friends involved in the Collect Your Belongings project as well as candle lighting and reflections from Iby Knill, local authority and faith leaders. Many of the contributions were photographed and filmed in  homes in Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds during lockdown.  We thank everyone for helping to make the event possible. 

The event will be available to watch on youtube after 27th January . 


“I was there in the darkness of the Holocaust. Walk towards the light and take people with you.” 

Iby Knill, Auchswitz survivor

For further details please contact:

Kim Strickson
Project Coordinator
07812 782082

Solace information package – Arabic version available

To download the leaflets click on the below

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Parents leaflet

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Arabic

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Partner leaflet

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – School leaflet

Solace Children and families wellbeing project – school brochure

Holiday services

TSL and the Migration Team will be closed from 18th December 2020 to 4th January 2021

Huddersfield Mission

We will be open as usual except for the bank holidays on 25th& 28th December and 1st January. Customers can contact the Mission as usual by phoning 01484 421461 emailing info@huddersfieldmission.org.uk or if they do not have a telephone knocking on the main glass doors during office hours (someone will come and speak to them at the main glass door).

DASH is closed from 25th December 2020 and reopen Mon 4 January 2021.

WomenCentre Kirklees services over the holiday period:

During the holiday period, women can access by phone and we will be signposting if necessary on Tues 29th, Wed 30th and Thur 31st Dec.

WomenCentre number is on divert:  Kirklees Office    –    01484 450866

Jobcentre Plus offices will be:

Closed –       Thurs 24th Dec till Mon 28th Dec.

Reopen –      Tues 29th Dec till Thurs 31st Dec.

Closed –       Fri 1st Jan

Re-open –     Mon 4th Jan.

The Whitehouse Centre opening times, during the Christmas period.

Open: Monday- Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Closed for Bank Holidays on: Friday 25th December; Monday 28th December and Friday 1st January.

We are operating a telephone first service because of coronavirus and only see people in appointments if necessary.

Please can patients bear in mind, they need to call early in the day. Calls after 2pm, will be moved onto the next working day- if they are not urgent.

For repeat prescriptions, please request these 48 hours in advance of running out.

Business as usual for us. If you need any support you must contact Migrant Help first on 0808 8010 503

Please contact 01484 414933 as daytime and these calls go through to the out of hours emergency duty team after Gateway to Care have closed.

  • Post decision team: Not all team members are working. Everyone is off during the bank holidays. People can call  on 01484 221350 and ask for “Housing Solutions”
  • INAT: The service is contactable via 01484221919 or email to the mailbox ess.inat@kirklees.gov.uk There will be someone available until the 24th December and staff will return on the 4th January 2021. If a family need support with food poverty they will need to contact community response or asylum seeking families can contact their housing or welfare managers if they have covid related issues.
  • Migration and Resettlement Team: the team will be on a break starting from the 24th December and back on the 4th January

The STAGE Project

The STAGE project offers women (16 and over) support to address and overcome experiences associated with sexual exploitation and grooming.

If you have or still are experiencing sexual exploitation our case worker can support with:

  • Emotional support (Outreach, phone, face to face)
  • Recognising exploitation, managing risk and safety planning
  • Self care, psycho education, building resilience
  • Accessing housing support
  • Support with your physical and mental health needs
  • Support with Criminal Justice System (reporting to the police, going to court)
  • Moving on (accessing training, education or employment)
  • Advocacy and supporting you in meetings

We accept both self-referrals and referrals from professionals.

To find our more about this service or to make a referral for yourself or someone you are working with, please call 01484 450866 or email wmh@womencentre.org.uk.

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

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

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


Various dates available from:

Thursday 21 January 2021, 4pm ,

Thursday 11 February 2021, 4pm

Thursday 4 March 2021 4pm,

Thursday 25 March 2021, 4pm

Thursday 15 April 2021 4pm,

Thursday 6 May 2021, 4pm

click on the link below to book a place

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/european-union-settlement-scheme-training-by-citizen-advice-law-centre-tickets-134519000953



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

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)

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.